Community IPM

Motivated by the desire to learn and the group spirit after participating in an initial FFS, alumni farmers’ groups move on from using IPM for managing their crops to using experiential and group processes as a means to empower their communities.  IPM-FFS alumni act as the core groups for Community IPM.  IPM farmers emerge from field schools ready to engage in further discovery processes to find solutions to crop protection and production challenges, as well as to address a broader set of problems which confront their communities.  The result is strong farmers’ groups and local IPM movements capable of sustainable agriculture development in the village and Community IPM.

Community IPM spans a broad range of training and research activities as well as forums.  What happens varies from village to village and season to season depending on different factors such as the social organization, cropping patterns, and production constraints.  Farmers make plans for their own activities that can include farmer-led field studies, farmer-to-farmer training, farmer exchange visits, farmers’ congress. IPM-FFS alumni also participate in village planning meetings, and farmer-led impact evaluation.  Farmers work in collaboration with IPM Trainers, local governments, researchers and other members of the community.

Community IPM is anchored on the theory that with knowledge comes empowerment, the recognition of what people want to achieve and the drive to work on it. IPM becomes only an entry point and the initial FFS experience evolves into community ownership, planning, management and implementation of Community IPM Programmes.

More information on the FAO Community IPM Programme can be found in http://www.communityipm.org/