Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an ecosystem approach to crop production and protection that combines different management strategies and practices to grow healthy crops and minimize the use of pesticides.
FAO promotes IPM as the preferred approach to crop protection and regards it as a pillar of both sustainable intensification of crop production and pesticide risk reduction. As such, IPM is being mainstreamed in FAO activities involving crop production and protection.
The FAO IPM programme currently comprises three regional programmes (Asia, Near East and West Africa) and several stand-alone national projects. Under these programmes and projects, FAO provides assistance in capacity building and policy reform, and facilitates collaboration among ongoing National IPM Programmes.