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IPM for smallholder coffee farmers in Malawi

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Sub-Saharan Africa
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Health & Diseases
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Biological & environmental
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Risk assessment
Hillocks, R.

The objective of Project R7942 was to develop a management strategy for the priority pests and diseases of coffee in Malawi identified in an earlier project [R6807]. Funds were granted for a 15 month period in the first instance, to develop a participatory framework for the development and promotion of an integrated crop management [ICM] approach to pest control and yield enhancement. In collaboration with Lunyangwa Research Station and the Smallholder Coffee Farmers Trust (SCFT), participatory on-farm trials were set-up in four out of the five areas [Extension Planning Areas (EPAs) where coffee is grown by smallholders in northern Malawi. These activities were closely linked to those conducted with funding from EU STABBEX [Export Stabilisation Fund] who are supporting the SCFT. Two main sets of trials were established. The first were aimed at evaluation and promotion of ICM. The second set was designed to evaluate two chemicals not previously used on coffee for control of white stem borer [WSB].