End: jun 2027
Start: jun 2022
This project will establish a digital agricultural plant health service at the national level in Malawi, based on coordination of internationally developed digital systems.
|Start - end date||01.06.2022 - 01.06.2027|
|Project manager||Karl Thunes|
|Division||Division of Biotechnology and Plant Health|
|Department||Invertebrate Pests and Weeds in Forestry, Agriculture and Horticulture|
|Funding source||Norad - The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation|
Crop losses caused by plant pests, diseases and weeds have been estimated at 42% worldwide. Synthetic pesticides are the predominant control methods, but these are associated with negative environmental and health concerns. The extensive use of the chemicals to control pests has sparked renewed interest for Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Many digital systems are developed to identify, monitor, manage, control, and predict outbreaks of a large number of pest and disease species, thus providing useful information to aid decision making and timing of integrated pest management strategies. MaDiPHS will build and expand on the successes achieved and data assets of PSU/PlantVillage, NIBIO/VIPS, IITA/FIA and CABI/Prise/PlantWise systems, contributing to a common international platform which will feed into national digital clients - with Malawi as a pilot country.
The main goal of MaDiPHS is to provide a tool for targeted and efficient pest and disease management of selected crops in Malawi. To reach this goal the project will establish a digital agricultural plant health service at the national level in Malawi, based on coordination of internationally developed digital systems.
The locally adapted service for Malawi would need to be owned and managed by the Malawian government and their capacity developed to improve data collection, data management and ultimately coordination of extension messages. The service will combine national, regional, and global input data with international web platforms to feed into and create a national client adapted to meet the local user needs. MaDiPHS will follow a co-production approach to provide information relevant for decision support in agriculture targeted at farmers, extension agents, research scientists and agricultural decision makers at a district or national level in Malawi. FAW and maize will represent the first target organism and crop. However, alongside establishing the technology and its application, the service will be extended to include information and tools related to other destructive organisms on crops of high relevance for Malawian agriculture.
Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI)
Malawi Ministry of Agriculture – Departments of Agricultural Extension Services (DAES), Agricultural Research Services (DARS) and Crop Development (DCD)
Malawi Ministry of Natural Resources and Climate Change – Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services (DCCMS)
Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations – Malawi (FAO-Malawi)
International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe)
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR)
Norwegian Meteorological Institute (MET Norway)
Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO, lead)
Penn State University (PSU)
Total Land Care (TLC)
Innovative digital plant health service to improve food security in Malawi
NIBIO is leading a NOK 50 million international project in Malawi, which will establish a digital agricultural plant health service, providing farmers with a tool for targeted and efficient pest and disease management, increasing yield and reducing the need for pesticides.