We are pleased to announce that the ISEAL Integrated Pest Management (IPM) coalition, of which we are a member, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with CABI (Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International) to implement better, less chemical-dependent, ways for farmers to manage agricultural pests and diseases that account for around 40% of lost crops worldwide.
The IPM Coalition is made up of 9 organizations who aim to promote integrated pest management (IPM) and to reduce or eliminate the use of highly hazardous pesticides. All are sustainability organizations and ISEAL members. The overall long term goal of the IPM Coalition is to reduce or eliminate the use of highly hazardous pesticides and to achieve a significant reduction of pesticide risks to health and the environment with effective standard and certification system’s tools.
One of the first projects of the IPM coalition was the development of the Database on pesticides where users can find information on restricted and banned pesticides www.ipm-coalition.org. This database will be further developed to link up with the CABI’s Plantwise Knowledge Bank.
Science from the laboratory to the field
The MoU aims to help farmers to increase their capacity to grow better quality crops and fight pests and diseases – bringing science from the laboratory to the field- thanks to the promotion of CABI’s Plantwise Knowledge Bank as well as sharing knowledge on sustainable pest management strategies, strengthening knowledge exchanges on alternative methods for pest management and identifying and focusing on specific pest-disease problems relevant to the sectors both parties work in. The partnership will also explore the possibilities to implement pest-specific integrated pest management events and workshops as well as sharing examples of good practice and alternatives to pesticides.
Pest control alternatives
For the IPM coalition, the technical and field experience of nine standard systems covering many countries and diverse production systems combined with CABI’s information about alternative pest control methods provide a great opportunity for technicians of farms, fields and forests to responsibly offer the best available information for least toxic chemical or non-chemical pest control methods. The dissemination of this upgraded information package to thousands of stakeholders of the IPM coalition members will not only lead to transparent information about sustainable pest management, but most importantly contribute to a more informed selection of pest control alternatives with the least environmental and human impacts.
E-course on Integrated Pest Management
In the UTZ Academy we have recently added a new e-course on ‘Introduction to Integrated Pest Management, in English and will soon be available in Spanish, Portuguese and French. This course is for producers, technical assistants, service providers and anyone else interested in the Integrated Pest Management promoted by the UTZ and Rainforest Alliance standards.