|Synopsis on Integrated Pest Management in Developing Countries (NRI, 1991, 20 p.)|
The Integrated Pest Management Task Force was set up in mid-1989 by a group of interested donors in order to assist the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research in its consideration of international support for plant protection. Its mission was to report on the status of IPM and make recommendations for improving its implementation and then proceed as necessary to execute those recommendations. The Task Force appointed a team of consultants to carry out a review and report the findings.
The Consultants' Report (referenced in Appendix C), which was made available to the TAC, provides a broad overview of the major issues which influence the pace of IPM adoption in the Developing World. It initiated considerable constructive debate on a number of key issues, on which agreement was not reached during the life of the Task Force.
As the work of the Task Force gradually moved into the area of implementation, as recommended in the Report, it was reconstituted as the Integrated Pest Management Working Group. Its current focus is identifying initiatives for implementation through a series of regional workshops involving key developing-country researchers, extension specialists and policy makers.
The number of donors involved in the group continues to increase, from the five original members, to twelve at the time of the most recent meeting in Paris (May 1991). The Chair and the Secretariat were originally the responsibility of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research. The Chair is currently held by Dr Nyle Brady, UNDP Consultant. The Secretariat has moved to the Natural Resources Institute (of the Overseas Development Administration) in the UK.
This present report has been produced for the IPM Working Group in a concise format in order to inform a wider, combined technical/non-technical audience about the IPM concept; progress and constraints. It will be used (as a workshop resource, inter alia) to further the implementation process. It draws substantially on the longer, more technical Consultants' Report and on the discussions of the original Task Force.
Chronology of key events:
April 1989 (Wallingford) - CABI Plant Protection Seminar.
May 1989 (Canberra) - need for IPM initiative identified and an IPM Task Force to be constituted.
August 1989 (Rome) - IPM Task Force meet, appoint team of Consultants to report.
December 1989 (Singapore) - Consultants' Report submitted to Task Force.
March 1990 (Malaysia) - first regional workshop to discuss Consultants' Report and IPM needs.
May 1990 (The Hague) - Task Force reconstituted as an IPM Working Group.