Blog Posts by IPM Sustainable Agriculture

Testing it out! / Published December 6, 2014 by Julien Malard

Julien Malard

Testing it out!

We tested out the first part of our project: "working with farming communities to map out and understand the complexities of pest management"! This picture is from a participatory workshop about local pests in Chiquimula, Guatemala, with a farmer group. Each subgroup identified crops, pests, and local control measures of particular importance to them.

Small-scale farmers beat world rice yield record / Published December 2, 2014 by Julien Malard

Julien Malard

Small-scale farmers beat world rice yield record

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2013/feb/16/india-rice-farmers-revolution

This is an incredible example of the power of farmer innovation--local cropping methods led to 22.4 tonnes of rice per hectare in Bihar, India (a world record!). To quote an agronomist from the article: "The biggest problem we have is that people want to do it but we do not have enough trainers." What if we could make it profitable for farmers not only to invent these techniques for themselves, but also to share them?

Contamination of the food web / Published November 30, 2014 by Simerjeet Kaur

Simerjeet Kaur

Contamination of the food web

Excessive use of pesticides and herbicides is not only affecting farmers but also accumulating in our food chain through water, vegetables, milk products, and other foods.
Integrated pest management would be beneficial for farmers and consumers alike!

Smallholder Farmers / Published November 30, 2014 by Simerjeet Kaur

Simerjeet Kaur

Smallholder Farmers

Smallholder farmers in developing countries are dying from the inhalation of carcinogenic pesticides (see the "cancer belt" of India...)
Integrated pest management (IPM) could seriously decrease dangers to farmers' health, but has not been very widely used. How can we make IPM work to protect both crops and humans?

Cotton and IPM / Published November 30, 2014 by Simerjeet Kaur

Simerjeet Kaur

Cotton and IPM

On global scale about one forth of the total pesticides application goes to protect cotton crop from various pests and insects. India dedicates about 5 percent of its cultivated area for this crop, which accounts for 40 percent of the national agricultural consumption of pesticides. Yet India still loses over a third of its cotton crop to pests (though without current control efforts, over another third would also be lost).

An effective IPM program for cotton could be our best shot at both reducing the outstanding cotton yield loss and protecting humans.

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