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FAO Council Side Event on the Regional Rice Initiative Rome, Italy, 18 June 2014
APPPC Holds Training Workshop on Bactrocera Fruit Fly Surveillance, Taxonomy and Identification and Area-wide Management Bangkok, Thailand, 9-11 May 2014
Experiences and Results Sharing on pilot Save and Grow Farmers Field Schools for Sustainable Rice Intensification Bali, Indonesia, 3-5 April 2014
   

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FAO Asian Regional IPM/Pesticide Risk Reduction Programme

Indiscriminate use of chemical inputs, both fertilizer and pesticides, puts agricultural production at risk. In particular, the overuse of pesticides is known to eliminate important ecosystem services resulting into secondary pest outbreaks which could potentially jeopardize national and regional food security. Intensive use of extremely and highly hazardous chemicals by small-holder farmers also continues to cause high incidence of farmer poisoning.

For over a decade, the FAO Regional Vegetable IPM Programme, working with government and nongovernmental organizations, has carried out farmer education and participatory research activities to promote and support Integrated Pest Management in vegetables by Asian smallholder farmers.

Integrated Pest Management IPM is an ecological approach to crop production and protection that combines different management strategies and practices to grow healthy crops and minimize the use of pesticides.

The training approach used by the FAO Regional Vegetable IPM Programme is primarily the Farmer Field School (FFS). In the FFS, 25-30 farmers meet weekly facilitated by qualified extension staff and/or experienced farmers. Employing non-formal education methods, the field is used as the primary resource for discovery-based learning. Farmers acquire management skills, generate knowledge, carry out experiments, and learn how to make better informed decisions. The process seeks to empower farmers in applying the principles learned to other spheres of their daily lives aimed at improving rural livelihoods.


Towards a Non-Toxic Environment in South-East Asia (GCP/RAS/229/SWE)

Sustaining and Enhancing the Momentum for Innovation and Learning around the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in the Lower Mekong River Basin (GCP/RAS/288/AIT)

Production of Certified Fruit and Vegetables for Export from Lao PDR and Myanmar through Integrated Supply Chain Management (MTF/RAS/242/CFC)

Area-Wide Integrated Pest Management of Fruit Flies in South and South East Asia Project (GCP/RAS/268/AIT)

CapacityBuilding for Spread Prevention and Management of Cassava Pink Mealybug in the Greater Mekong Subregion (TCP/RAS/3311)

FAO support to Core Agriculture Support Programme (CASP) Phase II, (GCP/RAS/253/ASB)

   
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