Start date: 01/11/2020
Duration: 60 months
Total budget: EUR 7 655 597.50
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 WURZBURG, THE INTERNATIONAL CENTRE OF INSECT PHYSIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY LBG, BAYERISCHE FORSCHUNGSALLIANZ BAVARIAN RESEARCH ALLIANCE GMBH, EASTERN AFRICA FARMERS’ FEDERATION SOCIETY, JOMO KENYATTA UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE AND TECHNOLOGY, KENYA AGRICULTURAL AND LIVESTOCK RESEARCH ORGANISATION, MASENO UNIVERSITY, FH ASSOCIATION, RWANDA AGRICULTURE AND ANIMAL RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT BOARD, INOSENS DOO NOVI SAD, UNIVERSITY OF KWAZULU-NATAL, LUNDS UNIVERSITET, SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET, UNIVERSITAT ZURICH, TANZANIA AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE, NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH ORGANISATION, INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT.
|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