The project sought to alleviate poverty, to enhance incomes of smallholder farmers, and to increase food safety through the promotion of viral biopesticides as alternatives to broad spectrum synthetic insecticides for control of lepidopteran pests of vegetables through public-private sector partnerships in Ghana and Benin. The project focused on the diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella as a pest of cabbages. Brassicas, and particularly cabbage, are key cash crops for peri-urban vegetable farmers, but larvae of the diamondback moth place a severe constraint on production in the region.
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Cotonou, Republic of Benin, Natural Resources Institute, Chatham Maritime, Kent, UK., 41 pp.
Public-private partnerships for development and implementation of entomopathogenic viruses as bioinsecticides for key lepidopteran pests in Ghana and Benin, West Africa. Final Technical Report.