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Perking up smallholder coffee production. Validated RNRRS Output.

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Sub-Saharan Africa
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Agricultural Value Chains / Agri-Businesses

This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects run by DFID’s 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy (RNRRS) programmes.

Summary for Project title: R8423: Promotion of Integrated Crop and Pest Management (ICPM) for smallholder coffee.

New ways of managing coffee trees are now available to boost yields and cut losses caused by insect pests and diseases. In Malawi, a new dwarf variety of Catimor coffee called ‘Nyika’ is spreading fast, as it is resistant to both coffee leaf rust and coffee berry disease. Other parts of the ‘integrated crop and pest management’ system that farmers are taking up are painting stems with Fipronil insecticide to combat the white stem borer pest, inter-planting Catimors with banana to improve food security, and better ways of using fertilizer and saving water in soils. Information leaflets on coffee berry disease, white stem borer and managing Catimors are available in two local languages in Malawi, in Kiswahili in Kenya and in English in Zambia.

The CD has the following information for this output: Description, Validation, Current Situation, Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (9 pp.) taken from the CD.