Piloting different technologies for real-time monitoring of Fall Armyworm in Kenya
As part of a joint collaboration between Rothamsted Research, ICIPE and our commercial partners Trapview and Cosmonio we recently reviewed three different technologies for real-time monitoring of fall armyworm in Kenya. These were:
- Digital pheromone traps
- Offline mobile phone app
- Vertical looking radar
The results and data are available in the project technical report. In summary, we saw huge potential for digital pheromone traps although this technology needs to be adapted for use by smallholder farmers. The app was considered useful for helping with identification in some circumstances, but few farmers could afford the data cost associated with sending sightings back to the research team. The vertical looking radar has huge potential, especially if integrated with dual-polarised weather radar, but requires a significant investment in research development before it can realistically be deployed in the field.
The pilot project was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It was made possible by extensive support from KALRO, Cropnuts, the University of Helsinki and multiple Kenyan farmers who assisted with the pilot.