IPM

The Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Campaign

IPM Definition

The Integrated Pest Management (IPM) means the careful consideration of all available pest control techniques and subsequent integration of appropriate measures that discourage the development of pest populations and keep pesticides and other interventions to levels that are economically justified and reduce or minimize risks to human health and the environment. IPM emphasizes the growth of a healthy crop with the least possible disruption to agro-ecosystems and encourages natural pest control mechanisms.

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IPM Campaign Initiated by APN-2003

A national campaign on the IPM project was launched in 2003 in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Jordan's Ministry of Agriculture and civil society groups to deliver lectures, conduct training workshops and distribute awareness information among various concerned bodies including the Jordanian Union of Farmers, universities, professional associations and distributors of agricultural products.  

The campaign aimed at improving food security in the six participating countries: Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine and Iran.

 Activities included implementing pilot IPM projects based on the ecological system to run for two years.

The project aimed to ensure an exchange of expertise among the six countries to facilitate adjustment to its strategies and methods that rely on the participation of farmers and understanding of the local eco-systems.

Campaign Strategies

  • Reducing the use of pesticides to protect agricultural communities and environments as well as consumers.
  • Increasing the number of local and export markets with high quality crops.
  • Supporting capacities of governmental and non-governmental organizations and agricultural communities in the six participating countries to develop plans, organize and execute projects at local level.
  • Providing technical aid, facilitating exchange of expertise and carrying out pilot project in the area.

APN's Role and Activities

  • Participation in the IPM planning conference in Tehran.
  • Membership of the project's national coordinating committee
  • Preparation of a study on prospects of marketing agricultural products, locally, regionally and internationally.
  • Preparation of a study on the IPM project activities in Jordan presented to FAO