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Soil pests in traditional farming systems in Sub-Saharan Africa???a review. Part 2. Management strategies

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Sub-Saharan Africa
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Agricultural Value Chains / Agri-Businesses
Hillocks, R.J.; Logan, J.W.M.; Riches, C.R.; Russell-Smith, A.; Shaxson, L.

In this, the second of two review papers, we discuss potential management strategies for the soil pest problems encountered by smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa, and analyse the potential role for IPM in smallholder agriculture. Adopting a farming systems approach is seen as essential, given the resource constraints on smallholders: this ensures that adequate attention is given to both the agronomic and socio-economic characteristics of different farming systems. The challenges of providing recommendations for managing a range of pests in complex cropping systems are identified together with objectives for future research into soil pest problems of smallholder farmers.