Integrated Pest Management - Collaborative Research Support Program (IPM-CRS): East Africa

Principal Investigator:

Mark Erbaugh



The Regional Integrated Pest Management Collaborative Research Support Program (IPM CRSP) for East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda) seeks to develop a shared IPM strategy to improve the productivity of higher value marketed horticultural crops in the region using a specialized program  dedicated to ecologically based IPM research on horticultural crops. Ecological IPM is an approach to pest management that seeks to give farmers an alternative, more environmentally-friendly path for sustaining high agricultural productivity.

The IPM CRSP East Africa is implemented by a consortium of U.S. and East African institutions, with The Ohio State University (OSU) serving as the lead university and Virginia Tech as the management entity. A coordinating unit (CU) is headquartered at Makerere University Faculty of Agriculture in Uganda and includes member representatives from each participating nation. It coordinates IPM research, training, extension and technology dissemination activities in the region.

Recent Developments: 

At the conclusion of the project in September 2014, IPM-CRSP East Africa project results, outcomes, and impacts were compiled in to three country profiles for Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania.

June, 2014 -   Deogracious Protas from Sokoine University of Agriculture is serving as a visting scholar at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center's Molecular and Cellular Imaging Center for next three months through the support of IPM-CRSP.