Developing Integrated Strategies to Manage Diseases of Vegetable Crops in Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia

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Voices from the Field Brown Bag Speaker Series

Vegetables are a critical component of balanced nutrition but present many production challenges in tropical countries.  Among these, plant diseases are especially important and are a major factor contributing to low yield and quality.  In addition, due to poorly developed agricultural extension and subsequent lack of knowledge about disease management, pesticide misuse has become a serious problem.  OSU researchers and extension specialists lead a 4-year project in Kenya, Tanzania, and Ethiopia funded by USAID under the umbrella of the Integrated Pest Management Innovation Laboratory (IPM IL) to work with local researchers, extension personnel and smallholder farmers to develop and implement pest management systems that are effective and reduce the use of pesticides.  The current project builds on more than 20 years of OSU’s leadership in IPM in the region.  Farmer and extension worker participation is key to progress in improving vegetable crop production in East Africa.Dr. Sally Miller, Professor of Vegetable Pathology, Diagnostics, and International Development in the Department of Plant Pathology will discuss the development of integrated strategies to manage diseases of vegetable crops in Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia and the use of outcome mapping to monitor program progress, measure outcomes and predict behavioral change.

Wednesday, April 18, 12-1 pm

Enarson Classroom Building Room 160 on The Ohio State University campus

The event is free and open to the public.A delicious lunch will be provided! Please RSVP.

About the speaker

Dr. Miller is the Professor of Vegetable Pathology, Diagnostics, and International Development in the Department of Plant Pathology. Miller has participated in IPM Collaborative Research Support Program since 1996 and her current work focuses on West Africa. Miller’s vegetable disease diagnostic expertise is sought after worldwide.


If you can’t make it to the session, the talk will be live streamed and recorded. Streaming logistics: If you don’t have a university login, just enter as a guest. Your system should automatically download a flash plug-in that will allow Adobe Connect to run in your browser. Email Laura Joseph with questions.

About the Series

The Voices from the Field Brown Bag Speaker Series is a collaboration between the Center for African Studies, the Global One Health initiative, and the Global Water Institute. Sessions are held Wednesdays from 12-1 in Enarson 160.

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Photo: Dr. Sally Miller. 

Source: Center for African Studies