UPSCALE 2020-10-20T15:01:27+00:00

Overview

Start date: 01/11/2020
Duration: 60 months

Topic: SFS-35-2019-2020 Sustainable Intensification in Africa

Total budget: EUR 7 655 597.50

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 In project UPSCALE, we aim to scale up understanding and applicability of push-pull from individual fields to farm, landscape and regional scales, and from cereal to other crops and cultivation systems. By determining the factors influencing push-pull success across scales, we will enable targeted implementation and prediction of push-pull effectiveness and resilience under current and future climate conditions. Using novel remote sensing methods combined with simulation and empirical approaches, we will develop functional, chemical and sociocultural maps combined with environmental factors for spatial optimization of push-pull expansion at different scales.

UPSCALE will test to what extent push-pull systems impact surrounding fields, farms, landscapes and regions, identifying potential feedbacks, non-linearities and socio-economic or ecological thresholds for adoption. Moreover, UPSCALE will explore the options to expand the use of push-pull for sustainable intensification in crops and systems outside cereal in synergy with other tools, and further intensify the system through incorporation of nutritious and high value crops. By harnessing the benefits of push-pull technology across scales and crops, UPSCALE will catalyse the design and widespread implementation of climate-smart and environmentally-friendly food production in East Africa and beyond.

The project consortium consists of JULIUS-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAT WURZBURGTHE INTERNATIONAL CENTRE OF INSECT  PHYSIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY LBGBAYERISCHE FORSCHUNGSALLIANZ BAVARIAN RESEARCH ALLIANCE GMBHEASTERN AFRICA FARMERS’ FEDERATION SOCIETYJOMO KENYATTA UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE AND TECHNOLOGYKENYA AGRICULTURAL AND LIVESTOCK RESEARCH ORGANISATIONMASENO UNIVERSITYFH ASSOCIATIONRWANDA AGRICULTURE AND ANIMAL RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT BOARDINOSENS DOO NOVI SADUNIVERSITY OF KWAZULU-NATALLUNDS UNIVERSITETSVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITETUNIVERSITAT ZURICHTANZANIA AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH INSTITUTENATIONAL AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH ORGANISATIONINSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT.

UPSCALE at-a-glance

The most important discovery for food security and environmentally friendly agricultural management of the 21st century
 Scale up understanding and applicability of push-pull
UPSCALE will develop
solutions for targeted optimal implementation and dissemination of push-pull technology
UPSCALE will demonstrate how to successfully break down knowledge silos for innovation, and provide inspiration to others working on complex and fundamentally transdisciplinary sustainability issues.
UPSCALE will revolutionize the African agriculture and food sector by increasing the contribution of smallholders to the food production in growing urban environments.

UPSCALE Communication and dissemination activities

Within UPSCALE, InoSens is leading the Communication and Dissemination activities

During the project lifetime InoSens will:

  • Develop and implement a communication and dissemination plan, including specific goals for target groups and the
    plan’s implementation timeline
  • Produce documentation and communication material oriented directly to the targeted stakeholders, especially to farmers,
    as future clients/users of UPSCALE
  • Establish a multi-actor Knowledge Exchange Hub for effective stakeholder dissemination, feedback and transfer of
    sustainable intensification practices to farming, research and policy communities, and society

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