International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology
Throughout Africa, insects are a fact of life to be reckoned with. They pose a great risk to food production, often causing the loss of entire crops and destroying about half of all harvested food in storage. The “old” tropical diseases they carry — such as malaria and dengue — are on the rise and frightening new diseases are emerging. And millions of farm animals and livestock succumb to insect- and tick-borne diseases.
The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) was established in Kenya in 1970 to learn more about the potential benefits and harms of insects. Through this research, we work to improve food production, improve human, animal, and environmental health, conserve natural resources. We also work to capture indigenous expertise and to build and strengthen local capacity. Thus, ICIPE:
- Empowers people with knowledge about how malaria is transmitted, so they can prevent and break the malaria cycle.
- Helps farmers in Kenya, Uganda, and Ethiopia use environmentally friendly tsetse traps to virtually eliminate tsetse flies, which can cause deadly diseases.
- Develops repellent collars to protect both pastoralist Maasai herders, and others, and their animals from biting flies.
- Helps farmers use beneficial insects in vegetable farming.
- Improves beekeeping for honey production and wild and domestic silk moth rearing for silk production for more than 10,000 farmers.
- Supports the rights of indigenous peoples in the development of new products derived from plants and insects.
- Trains more than 300 PhD and MSc scientists at sub-centers in Ghana, Zimbabwe, and Ethiopia.
Nicolas P. Retsinas
T: (617) 496-3676
F: (617) 496-9957
International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) is classified as a 501(c)(3) organization. Click below to view our most recent independent audit and IRS Form 990.
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