IPM Programme in the past:The initiative on IPM based on Farmer Field School approach was started in Nepal in May 1997 through Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP/NEP/6712) of FAO under "Implementation of Integrated Pest Management in Rice". This was followed by Nepal’s participation in the FAO "Regional Programme on Community IPM in Asia" between 1998 and 2002. During this period, Nepal succeeded in creating initial human resources by training 104 Agricultural Officers, 35 Junior Technicians (JT)/ Junior Technical Assistants (JTAs) and 301 farmers as FFS facilitators. Altogether, 633 farmer field schools (FFS) were organized empowering 6,782 female and 9, 684 male farmers. 
Upon phase out of the FAO Community IPM Programme in 2003, bilateral funding from the government of Norway became available for a 4-year project “Support to the National IPM Programme in Nepal” implemented from January 2004 to December 2007. The goal of the project was to contribute to sustainable broad-based poverty alleviation and food security in Nepal while contributing to environmental protection. FAO support was continued in this phase and the activities expanded in terms of area and crops (rice, vegetables, coffee, tea) and also the process of institutionalization and mainstreaming of IPM initiated at different layers of DoA. These efforts established a broad basis for IPM-FFS and have led to the current situation where IPM is considered as standard approach to crop production and pest management in rice and vegetables in Nepal. 
Currently Ongoing Programme: To continue the initiatives of IPM programme, the Government of Norway has further granted financial assistance to Nepal in support of the consolidation, up-scaling and institutionalization of the National IPM Programme for five years starting from October 2008. This support is based on the realization that IPM is not just about pest control, but about a holistic and sustainable production management that can help achieve food security and alleviate poverty. The programme has been implemented through two interrelated and complementary to each other components: Intensive IPM pilot component supported by FAO and Regular IPM component internalized within the PPD. The focus of the intensive component is placed on to assist in developing and testing of modules, methodologies and procedures for the intensification of IPM through pilot mode in selected 12 districts of 5 development regions representing 3 agro-ecological zones of the country. Whereas, the regular component has emphasized on  setting up the overall management and institutional structures of the National IPM Programme involving multiple stakeholders from GOs and I/NGOs, universities, research and educational institutes, as well as private sector and on maintaining and enhancing the existing training capacity in the remaining districts.

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Contact People:  

Government :

Mr. Dilli Ram Sharma
Program Director & National IPM Coordinator
Plant Protection Directorate
Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture Development
Harihar Bhawan, Lalitpur, Nepal


Name: Mr Somsak Pipoppinyo
Title: FAO Representative
Tel.: (977-1) 5523239/5523990 
Fax: (977-1) 5526358

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