International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology

Helps improve agriculture and health throughout Africa through the study of insects and natural processes. Promotes beekeeping and silk moth farms which provide incomes for poor families.

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:

  • international-centre-photo2Empowers 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.

Contact Information

African Insect Science for Food and Health (ICIPE)
P.O. Box 30772-00100
Nairobi, Kenya
T: 254 (20) 8632000
F: 254 (20) 8632001 or 8632002

U.S. Contact
Nicolas P. Retsinas
T: (617) 496-3676
F: (617) 496-9957

Financial Information

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.

Banner photo: ICIPE is helping communities in Africa understand and break the malaria transmission cycle.
Photo right: Many of the 6,000 farmers trained to rear silkworms for silk production are women.
Photo left: Repellent collars designed by ICIPE protect both pastoralists, such as these Maasai herders, and their animals from tsetse and other biting flies menace.

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P.O. Box 8734
Topeka, KS 66608

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