Farmer's Congress

A Farmers’ Congress could be at the district, provincial or national level. A farmers’ congress is organized by Farmer Trainers and IPM Trainers to: (1) bring together groups of IPM farmers from different areas to share the results of activities they have carried out, e.g., farmer field studies, farmer-to-farmer FFS, farmers’ clubs, etc.; (2) to elicit support from government for funding or policies favorable to IPM; (3) define how to develop and sustain local IPM programmes; (4) establish networking amongst farmer groups.

To achieve the objectives, various activities are included in the programme such as: (1) presentations from farmers’ groups on their activities; (2) presentations from resource persons and stakeholders from various IPM-related projects on farmer education, sustainable development, and other IPM-related topics; (3) exhibition of posters and photographs on IPM-related topics; (4) presentation of IPM folk media; (5) discussions.

Since it is a farmer-led activity, IPM farmer alumni prepare and manage the entire event beginning from issuing invitations to other farmers as well as officials and policy makers. The selection of farmers who will represent their organization or club is based on a set of criteria that is determined jointly by Farmer Trainers and IPM Trainers. Farmers’ groups come to the meeting ready with their presentations. Where it is possible, written reports are prepared for distribution. In a number of countries, competition of IPM folk-media presentations is included in the programme to add more excitement to the event. When the programme covers several days, some Farmers’ Congresses have been organized in villages where participants were billeted in farmers’ houses. This procedure facilitates bonding among farmers’ groups that is helpful in the networking process.

For more information on Farmers’ Congress, go to:

The Indonesian IPM Farmers Congress
A description of a National Meeting held in July 1999 More than 540 participants represented IPM farmer groups in 12 provinces. [ 1 pdf file, 10 pages, 110 Kb ]