International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology
Alternative or associated name: ICIPE
Website address: http://www.icipe.org
Tel: +254 20 863 2000
Fax: +254 20 863 2001
Head office: Nairobi, Kenya
Established in Kenya in 1970, icipe recognises that the mainly developing countries in the tropics had special problems that were not being adequately addressed by scientists and organisations in the North. Furthermore, there was a serious lack of indigenous expertise to resolve these problems. Insects 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 vector-borne diseases of malaria, dengue, kala-azar and the like are making a dramatic comeback, and frightening new ones are emerging. Livestock succumb in their millions to insect- and tick-borne diseases, resulting in loss of milk, meat and traction power. Underlying all of these issues is the fundamental poverty of most tropical countries and inability to harness their natural resources for themselves. icipe’s mission is to help alleviate poverty, ensure food security and improve the overall health status of peoples of the tropics by developing and extending management tools and strategies for harmful and useful arthropods, while preserving the natural resource base through research and capacity building.