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Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Uris Hall, G08
Charles Midega is a Senior Research Scientist, International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), Kenya, and 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. He holds an MSc and a PhD in agricultural entomology from Kenyatta University and has held postdoctoral fellowships at ICIPE (Kenya) and Kyushu University (Japan). He is directly involved in implementation of the push–pull technology—an economically and ecologically sustainable pest control method that utilizes native plants rather than pesticides or fertilizers—in eastern Africa. He has extensive experience in the development of integrated pest management (IPM) approaches and biodiversity evaluations. He has also worked on incorporating landscape aspects into the design of pest management approaches for smallholder farmers in Africa. He has delivered expert advice as an invited guest lecturer to organizations including the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Pan-African Chemistry Network, and he is a leading expert in farming system intensification and agricultural development in Africa. He has authored/co-authored over 60 scientific papers in refereed journals, books, and educational materials in these fields.