January 30

Report: African Smallholder Farmers Benefit from Reduced Crop Losses and Higher Incomes from a Novel Pest Alert Service

A newly published review of the CABI-led Pest Risk Information Service (PRISE) project shows that smallholder farmers in four African countries who received pest alerts created using earth observation data benefitted from reduced crop losses and higher incomes compared to farmers who did not.

Crop pests are the major cause of loss of smallholder productivity resulting in negative impacts on livelihoods—the estimated the economic impact of invasive alien pests alone on Africa’s agricultural sector is USD $65.58 billion a year.

Source: Phys.org (link opens in a new window)

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