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Biocontrol of papaya mealybug in East Africa

Papaya mealybug invaded East Africa between 2015 to 2020. The pest causes 57%- 91% yield and £2,224/ha household economic losses annually and severely impacts the livelihoods of smallholder farmers. As a means of control, nearly 51% of farmers manage the pest using pesticides which harm insect biodiversity in addition to other non-target effects. Biological control is an ecologically friendlier approach that has controlled papaya mealybug elsewhere around the globe. This project aims to introduce Acerophagus papayae for classical biological control of papaya mealybug. Through this initiative, the project intends to improve the capacity of farmers and extension services to adopt climate-smart conservation biocontrol practices that interface with biodiversity conservation efforts and ultimately enhance food security.

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CABI works in partnership to step up fight against pests and diseases of papaya in Uganda

CABI showcases potential of joint crop-livestock clinics and efforts to manage invasive papaya mealybug at NARO-MAK Scientific Conference in Uganda

FCDO officials impressed with CABI’s steps in partnership to help ensure greater food security in Africa