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Stakeholders Interaction and Social Learning: The Case of Push-Pull Technology Implementation for Stemborer Pest Control in Ethiopia

Version 1 : Received: 20 October 2018 / Approved: 22 October 2018 / Online: 22 October 2018 (08:18:22 CEST)

How to cite: Nyang'au, I.M.; Kelboro, G.; Hornidge, A.; Midega, C.A.; Borgemeister, C. Stakeholders Interaction and Social Learning: The Case of Push-Pull Technology Implementation for Stemborer Pest Control in Ethiopia. Preprints 2018, 2018100480 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201810.0480.v1). Nyang'au, I.M.; Kelboro, G.; Hornidge, A.; Midega, C.A.; Borgemeister, C. Stakeholders Interaction and Social Learning: The Case of Push-Pull Technology Implementation for Stemborer Pest Control in Ethiopia. Preprints 2018, 2018100480 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201810.0480.v1).

Abstract

Stemborer pests contribute to significant maize crop yield loses incurred by the smallholder famers in Ethiopia. The problem requires requires concerted effort to learn and adopt new innovations to find a long lasting solution. In this study, the on-farm implementation of the push-pull technology (PPT) was used as a platform for interaction and enhancing the social learning among the stakeholders in the maize growing Woredas of Bako Tibe, Jimma Arjo and Yayu in the Oromia region. The main stakeholders were the smallholder maize farmers, researchers and the extension staffs. The study took place between August 2014 to May 2015. The PPT is a biological based strategy addresses the stemborer pest problem in maize crop. Under the strategy, maize crop is intercropped with a stemborer moth repellent fodder legume, Desmodium (the push) together with an attractant trap plant, Napier/Brachiaria grass (the pull) planted around maize-legume intercrop. The study was implemented based on the transdisciplinary action research approach and qualitative data collected during focus group discussions, key informant interviews, stakeholder workshops, participant observations and on-farm PPT demonstrations. The findings show that, the involvement of different stakeholders in joint PPT activities in an interactive environment is an innovation in itself.  It creates opportunities for the stakeholders’ empowerment as well as deliberating on the contributions from each other to overcome uncertainties about the technology and create new knowledge. The intercropping strategy of maize with Desmodium and Napier/Brachiaria is used to reintroduce the traditional mixed cropping system of smallholder agriculture as strategy for control of pests.

Subject Areas

push-pull technology; stemborers; stakeholder interaction; social learning; Ethiopia

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