NSP - Integrated Pest Management

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.    


FAO definition:  

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) means the careful consideration of all available pest control techniques and subsequent integration of appropriate measures that discourage the development of pest populations and keep pesticides and other interventions to levels that are economically justified and reduce or minimize risks to human health and the environment. IPM emphasizes the growth of a healthy crop with the least possible disruption to agro-ecosystems and encourages natural pest control mechanisms.


More about IPM

Role of IPM in pesticide risk reduction

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