The Farmers

Our Inspiration

Learning from farmers around the globe inspires us at Provivi. We are rethinking insect pest control, using our pheromones as a natural foundation for sustainable solutions against key insect pests. Meet our farmers in Mexico, Kenya, and Indonesia as they share their struggle against Fall Armyworm and Rice Stemborer.

Meet our Provivi farmers

I live from Mother Nature. Mother Nature keeps me.

Ricardo de Soto

Ricardo is a veteran farmer, proud of his family and adventurous life journey between the US and Mexico. He is a man of words and stories. Together with his son, Obed, they grow corn, chickpeas, and sorghum, caring for his horse and 40 cows. After having mixed results with insecticides and being concerned about the risks using them, they are keenly interested in novel technologies like using Provivi's pheromone solutions to control insect populations.

I wish everyone could get this pheromone, so their lives could change like mine.

Godliva Ontango

Godliva came to Marigat from a neighboring village by way of marriage. She proved resourceful and starting cooking to make ends meet. An avid fan of English football, she won repeated times betting on Arsenal, and used her winning to kickstart her business. To support her two nieces, whom she adopted when her sister passed, Godliva started a small makeshift grocery store, and then rented an acre of land which has since tripled in size. She prays to God for success in business and life: "When my business expands, I will be home and dry.

I want to feel that being a farmer is prosperous.

Wahyu Abdul Asiz

Azis loves agriculture. He works as a pest observer and farms his own rice fields. Farmers face difficulties controlling diseases and insect pests, and spraying is becoming a significant issue for the fieldwork, because of adverse health effects. Against the Rice Stemborer pest, Azis usually has to spray eight applications of insecticides per season. He hopes to find a way to reduce the need for spraying and to ensure a healthy crop - for himself, the village, and the consumers.

In unity there is strength.

Felipe Aguirre

Felipe operates his family farm, where he started working at age 12 while also going to school. He also has a chiropractic clinic on the farm, following his father and grandfather's footsteps in serving the local community. Felipe grows maize and feed-crops for his farm animals, the most prized of which are his roosters. His maize production is challenged by attacks of Fall Armyworm, forcing him to spray insecticides up to nine times per season. He tries to manage this pest and his output by listening to advice from agronomists. "Spraying less, we will save money and have a better quality of life".

Before the armyworm, you could pay for the childrens school fees.

The Kiptoons'

Margareth and Samuel have been married since 1982. They have six children, today adults, all of them educated and living their own lives. After Samuel brings back the animals from the pasture at the end of a busy day, they like to sit together. Here they talk over Margareth's traditional Ugali, a signature African meal of maize cooked in the wood fire. Being part of the Perkerra Irrigation Scheme and planting according to the Kenya Seed Company's program, their improved cropping practices, and assured sales and payments, elevated the livelihood of the farmers. But the fall armyworm has become a severe problem. Now families struggle to pay school fees for their children and remain with money to do other things.

We produce organic rice to keep our family healthy.

Dedi Mulyadi

Most people in Dedi's village are farmers. Together they farm 627 hectares of rice. His day always starts in the field before looking after his cows. Dedi is active in developing the Bumi Mandiri farmers' organization, which is involved in organic farming of rice, cows, and fertilizer. They aim to produce more products in the future and bring the Prinkasap brand to the international market. The goal is to make people understand that organic farming will be valuable in the future, and he hopes that his son will also become a successful farmer.

There is no life without the fields.

Agustín Robles Miranda

Agustín believes that farming is hard work but beautiful. A good day is to wake up early and come back from the fields tired. With over 20 years of experience, Agustín operates several farms, where up to 250 people work in his fields of corn, sorghum, tomatoes, asparagus, onions, and many more. Farm profitability is under pressure, and with high input costs, it upsets him to see tomatoes in the shops five times more expensive than his selling price. For Agustín, it is essential to have a vision and produce healthy food with fewer agrochemicals for the sake of his children.

If farmers trust a product, they will use it for a long time.

Haji Hudira

"Hudira grows ca 11 hectares of rice but also has a rice milling machine and sells rice. He employs 5 workers in the field and 30 workers in the mill. The family is depending on the rice production and it is necessary to manage the crop to secure the harvest. He has reduced the use of chemicals by adopting organic fertilizers, but still struggles to control the pests attacking his fields and is forced to spray agrochemicals several times. He hopes to see new effective ways to manage the crops with less pesticide applications in the future"

You have to forgive others and love them, and do good deeds.

Salina Merige

Salina is an active member of the local Pentecostal church, where she stands out as the lead singer. She splits her time between the church, her family, the farm and a tailor shop where she works, hand-making dresses, uniforms and fashionable dashikis. She grows maize and other crops on a rented piece of land. Since 2015 the fall army worm has caused heavy losses. They have had to spray insecticides to control the worms, and have experienced adverse health effects, which she suspects come from spraying. “One time my husband came back so weak after spraying that we took him to the hospital to get medicine". She would really appreciate if the fall armyworm could be controlled without having to spray.
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