Push Pull TechnologyStemborer moths and the parasitic striga weed are two major threats to cereal crops in east Africa. We are trialling Push Pull Technology with our Send a Cow farmers to try and combat them.

Farmers intercrop their maize with desmodium and plant napier grass around the plot. The moths are repelled by desmodium and are attracted to the napier grass, which is naturally sticky and traps the pests. The desmodium roots stop the striga weeds attaching to the cereals, causing them to die off.

It’s simple, cheap, natural, and effective and means farmers no longer have to buy expensive pesticides. Not only this, both desmodium and napier grass are quality fodder for livestock

All farmers practising this technology have had harvests increased by 80%. This makes farmers food secure, leading to better futures.