Implementing pheromone traps and other new technologies for control of cowpea insect pests in West Africa through farmer field schools. Final Technical Report.


The project purpose was to improve food security and reduce poverty among small-scale rural farmers in Benin and Ghana by enabling the reduction of costs of pest control in cowpea. This was to be brought about by completing development of a pest control package combining pheromone traps for M. vitrata and (ideally) botanical pesticides for control of this pest and two others, aphids (Aphis craccivora) and thrips, (Megalurothrips sjostedti). The project would also decrease usage of conventional pesticides, thereby bringing health benefits to producer farmers and the eventual consumers of their cowpea. This would be underpinned by developing the commercial availability of the novel technologies to farmers.


Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, UK., 45 pp. plus separate annexes.

Published 1 January 2005