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An investigation of pesticide and microbial interactions on coffee as a means of developing an IPM strategy for economically important coffee pests in small-holder farming systems in Malawi

An investigation of pesticide and microbial interactions on coffee as a means of developing an IPM strategy for economically important coffee pests in small-holder farming systems in Malawi

Overfield, Duncan and Phiri, Noah (1997) An investigation of pesticide and microbial interactions on coffee as a means of developing an IPM strategy for economically important coffee pests in small-holder farming systems in Malawi. [Working Paper]

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Abstract

The results in this report highlight the importance of coffee in the rural communities of northern Malawi, the recent changes that have occurred in the system and smallholder's desire to continue with the production of the crop. Economic analysis also indicates that coffee should remain an important element of the farming system, but that there are key production and marketing issues which need to be addressed if coffee cultivation is to be successful in this sector. These include: a) reducing the economic impact of coffee plant diseases and insect pests under the smallholder low input/output system b) development of a new sustainable credit system c) creating an enabling environment for the effective development of a competitive domestic marketing system including access to rural pulperies (wet factories) for private buyers. Whilst this project is principally concerned with the first issue, as the others fall outside its direct remit, they remain important for the successful uptake of the project's scientific outputs.

Item Type: Working Paper
Uncontrolled Keywords: pesticide, microbe, coffee, pest control, crop pest, smallholder, farming, Malawi
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
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Last Modified: 18 Oct 2016 09:13
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/11547

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