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Distinguished Africanist Scholar Charles Midega Visiting Cornell University

Charles Midega

The Institute for African Development is pleased to announce the arrival of the Fall 2015 Distinguished Africanist Scholar, Dr. Charles Midega, Senior Research Scientist, International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), Kenya. Dr. Midega will be visiting through the end of September. A distinguished international agricultural scientist who is responsible for the day-to-day management of biological science research in the highly effective push-pull technology for advancing food security in Africa, Dr. Midega was nominated and is being hosted by the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell. The Distinguished Africanist Scholar is sponsored by the Institute for African Development in support of IAD’s mission to expand the depth and quality of teaching on Africa within the University community.  

While on campus, Dr. Midega  will be offering a number of presentations, workshops, and discussions, as well as a public lecture titled Push-Pull: Addressing Hunger, Gender, and Climate Change Through Agricultural Science, to take place on September 23 at 2:30 PM in G08 Uris Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Midega and his group at ICIPE have had significant positive impacts on the livelihoods of thousands in East Africa. The group was charged with developing a technology that would allow smallholder farmers in Kenya to control major insect pests such as the stem-boring moth in maize, the most important food staple in the region. The group developed a highly efficient and ecologically sustainable technology that utilizes native plants repellant to moths planted among crop rows, together with plants attractive to the moths in rows surrounding the fields. The resultant “push-pull” effect has been highly effective in controlling pests and thus dramatically increasing crop yields.

For more information or to schedule a meeting with Dr. Midega during his visit, please contact Evangeline Ray, er26@cornell.edu.