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Prof ST Kariuki(Right) identifying medicinal plants during recent workshop for herbalists at egerton University

International Society of Pesticidal Plants hold Annual General Meeting

 The International Society of Pesticidal Plants ISPP) held its first ever Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 29 June 2020 via Zoom. This important meeting was presided over by the society’s officials: Prof. Joshua O. Ogendo, Interim President (Pictured), Mr. Paul Keeley, Administrative Officer and Carole Keeley, Treasurer. The twenty two participants who attended this AGM were drawn from Kenya, UK, Nigeria, Spain, Italy, Tanzania, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, and Zimbabwe. The highlights of the meeting included recruitment of more members, income generation activities and planning of an international conference. It was reported that some countries have been more active than others and there was need to think innovatively on how to increase membership. A membership recruitment drive in member countries and beyond to increase core income as well as members could be one way forward. Another way of popularizing the society is by making it attractive to a broader range of interests such as business, farmers, Non-Governmental organizations (NGOs), Community Based Organizations (CBOs) among others. There was need to find ways to support a third conference financially in the absence of an existing project which has a conference on its agenda - as existed for the ICPP1 and ICPP2. There is a possibility of drawing on francophone Africa to increase ISPP membership and interest so that French funding could be applied for. The International Conference on Pesticidal Plants (ICPP 3) was proposed for October/November 2021 and the ideal venue would be Yaounde, Cameroon, West Africa. It was proposed that the primary host be the University of Yaounde. That Cameroon ISPP members set up a National Steering Committee within 2 months who will give an update to the ISPP Board of Management and Special General Meeting by September 2020 and November 2020, respectively, leaving a full 12 months for planning the conference. In order to increase attendance in conference, each country in ISPP to approach their National Academies of Science with a view to soliciting support for young scientists to attend the next conference (ICPP3).

Ist International Conference on Pesticidal Plants: A success story from the past

The first International Conference on Pesticidal Plants (ICPP 1) was held from January 21-24th, 2013 at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), Duduville, Nairobi. Top on the agenda of this important meeting were presentations and discussions on harnessing pesticide plant technologies for improved livelihoods. The thematic areas in this informative conference were pesticidal plant product development, environmental conservation and climate change, access and benefit-sharing. The conference became an opportunity for scientists and other stakeholders to share available knowledge around the sustainable use of plants in pest control. Therefore, those in the conference took deliberations as a way of responding to the ongoing conversation on the safe use of pesticides of plant origin, and be able to advise the policymakers on the use of this approach. The Conference attracted more than 100 oral presentations, 30 posters, and many displays of pesticide plant products, with delegates arriving from more than 25 countries representing researchers, scholars, traditional herbalists, farmer organizations, NGOs/CBOs, industry, and suppliers of scientific equipment. The conference also provided an opportunity and a flat form for the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) to award two prizes (1) for an outstanding young scientist, Dr. Emmanuel I. Unuabonah (Nigeria) through an Africa-wide competition, and (2) for a senior scientist, Prof. Charles O. N. Wambebe (Nigeria) who has received a prize for his contributions in the building of scientific institutions. This first-ever international conference which has attracted a lot of interest was organized by Egerton University as the primary host institution in Kenya, the ADAPPT Network, and a number of other institutions. The planning of the conference activities was coordinated by Prof Joshua O. Ogendo (Country coordinator, ADAPPT Network, Kenya) and Dr. Philip K. Bett ( Liaison Officer, ADAPPT Network- Kenya). Conference proceedings are available in: http://projects.nri.org/adappt/docs/ICPP_Proceedings