When Loft Mpili started to farm cotton according to the Cotton made in Africa criteria, he changed quite a few things on his small farm in Moono, Zambia. One of them was the way he handles pests. “I have been trained on integrated pest management (IPM) and the use of bio- pesticides”, he reports. “This has helped me conserve more beneficial insects on my fields and it’s also very good for my health. I do not get any headaches or allergic reactions from spraying bio-pesticides and the empty containers are less harmful to the environment.” Loft is 21 years old and besides cotton, he also grows other crops and keeps and sells livestock.