Success Stories

The IPM Innovation Lab has been working with farmers in nearly 30 countries around the world for more than two decades.  While our innovations and research continue to be expounded on, we would like to highlight some of the more noteworthy endeavors that we’re proud to have taken part in. The following links will take you to our success stories, which are stories of farmers and other agriculture professionals who took a risk by incorporating integrated pest management techniques into their work. 

Push-Pull: One Simple Farming Technique Successfully Battles Africa’s Key Agricultural Constraints

IPM IL collaborators icipe continue to develop and apply Push-Pull, a technique that’s helping smallholder farmers protect their crops from pests, among other benefits. 

Dragon Fruit Sleeving: Farmers Find Relief with Simple Technologies

IPM IL introduces dragon fruit farmers to sleeving that helps protect their crops from pests, diseases, and the use of toxic pesticides.  

Mango Bagging: Farmers Stay Happy, Fruit Flies Stay Away

Farmers save on time, money, and resources with the help of IPM IL’s mango bagging support. 

Longan Bagging: Multi-purpose Bags Give Farmers More Fruitful Futures

 

IPM IL introduces mesh bags to farmers to help protect longan and monitor potentially dangerous pests. 

Two millet headminers on millet in Niger

Women Find Work with the Help of an Entrepreneur and a “Fighting Fungus”

IPM IL collaborator creates new opportunities for women across Bangladesh.

Market Penetration of IPM Technology Shifts Farmer Choice to Healthier and Environmentally Friendly Practices

Investments into farmer engagement programs results in major business growth in the Southern Delta. 

IPM Innovation Lab helps fight pearl millet pests in Niger

Biocontrol agents help ease future millet damage.

IPM Innovation Lab training in Nepal changes lives of merchants and farmers

Nepalese farmers and merchants learn about integrated pest management solutions for fighting pests and diseases.

IPM Innovation Lab awards more than $11 million to help feed people in developing countries

IPM IL chooses eight sub-award projects that will work to feed people in Asia and Africa.

Women in plant seeds in coconut dust.

An unexpected gift: IPM IL receives a grant from Haramaya University

An Ethiopian agricultural university offers help in the fight against a damaging weed.

Seeding success in southern India: turning coconut dust into gold

In southern India, farmers have found a new use for coconut dust.

Healthier Families, Higher Incomes: A women’s farmer group in Nepal reaps the benefits of IPM

Improvements in irrigation and integrated pest management lead to higher vegetable crop yields for a 21-household village in Nepal.

Potatoes and undergraduates at 9,000 feet

Virginia Tech undergraduate students work with potato farmers in the Ecuadorian Andes, combining integrated pest management techniques with conservation agriculture.

A Version of Progressive Agriculture in the Ecuadorian Andes 

IPM-SANREM collaboration in Ecuador helps farmers grow healthier, more resilient crops.

Frequencies for Farmers: IPM training over the airwaves in India

The IPM Innovation Lab partnered with Tamil Nadu Agricultural University to organize a 20-week radio series on IPM methods that reached thousands of farmers.

Trichoderma, the fighting fungus

Scientists with IPM Innovation Lab are using a fungus called Trichoderma to combat a range of fungal diseases that affect crops from India to Honduras.

Fried green tomatoes grow greener in Uganda

Working alongside local scientists, IPM IL researchers help Ugandan farmers reduce pesticides, benefitting the environment, boosting the local economy, and improving livelihoods.

Supporting dreams, working toward food security

The IPM Innovation Lab provides life-changing financial support that helps many young scientists realize their career dreams.

Invasive papaya pest discovered by IPM IL in Asia

Thanks to efforts by scientists in a Virginia Tech-led program, the papaya mealybug—an emerging threat from India to Indonesia—is being identified and contained.

Naranjilla grafting in Ecuador: Reducing deforestation and promoting the growth of an industry

The little-known fruit, rich in vitamins and a source of dietary diversification, gets a boost in production from an IPM IL program in Ecuador.

Virginia Tech program empowers women through gender workshop in Mali

Gender, Participatory Research, and Technology Transfer Workshop draws participants from all over Africa.

Fruit fly frenzy for pheromones in Bangladesh

With cuelure, damage caused by fruit flies went down 70%, and farmers have been making a profit. After just a few seasons with the new technique, Bangladeshi cucurbit farmers are making three times what they made before.

Eggplant grafting transforms life in Bangladesh

Bangladeshi women learn how to graft high-yielding eggplant root stock to sick plants. This simple technology reduces the need for pesticide applications and increases their harvests.

Cocoa pod prophylactics—Life and death in Sulawesi

IPM scientists work with Indonesian farmers to fight the cocoa pod borer moth and save chocolate.

Investing in people, investing in the future

For the IPM Innovation Lab (IPM IL), capacity building goes beyond numbers on a page. It’s about investing in people and providing them with the tools and knowledge to learn, teach, grow, and discover.

A simple solution to Vietnam’s big dragon fruit problem

Plastic sleeving benefits multiple stakeholders.

Leveling the Playing Field in the Fight Against Parthenium

IPM IL releases two biological agents to successfully battle an invasive weed.