Sustainable tomato production in Kenya
Tomatoes in Kenya are currently grown using large quantities of insecticides.The tomato leaf miner moth Tuta absoluta, for example, can destroy up to 100 per cent of crops. Yet controlling Tuta absoluta and other pests with chemical insecticides can create resistance and cause damage to human health and the environment. Integrated pest control provides a sustainable approach for the production of healthy tomatoes through the following measures: traps, biopesticides, monitoring pest populations, and breeding and releasing of natural enemies of the tomato pests.
Stories from the project
Why the tomato is under threat
It's impossible to imagine cuisine without the tomato. But an invasive pest is destroying tomato harvests around the globe. How integrated pest management helps. Read more.
Protecting tomatoes from pests
In Kenya, the damage caused by the Tuta absoluta moth has destroyed up to 80% of family farmers’ tomato harvests in recent years. For many households, selling tomatoes is also an important source of income. Read more.