About the project
In addition to IPM Decisions, the EC has now commissioned a complementary project, ‘IPM Works’ to increase uptake of Integrated Pest Management, as part of their drive to reduce reliance on pesticides in Europe. Over the next four years, IPMWorks will set up on-farm IPM demonstrations across Europe, including in-field demonstrations of DSS in association with the IPM Decisions Platform. This will substantially strengthen the practical impact from IPM Decisions. The leadership teams from the two projects are working together to maximise synergy.
H2020 Project acronym: IPMWORKS
H2020 Project title: EU-Wide IPM Farm Demo Network
Grant Agreement number: 101000339
H2020 instrument: Coordination and Support Action (CSA)
Coordinator: Nicolas Munier-Jolain - INRAE (Dijon)
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreements No 101000339’.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is based on a diversity of pest management measures (prevention, non-chemical control, best practices for optimizing pesticide efficiency, etc.). These are combined at the farm level to enable reduced reliance on pesticides, and therefore a decrease in the exposure of the environment and people to pesticides. Pioneer farmers throughout Europe are testing such IPM strategies and are succeeding in achieving good outcomes with low pesticide inputs. However the majority of European farmers still rely on chemical pesticides. The objective of IPMWORKS is to promote the adoption of IPM strategies, based on a EU-wide network of farmers, who will both progress further in the adoption of IPM – through peer-to-peer learning and joint efforts – and demonstrate to other farmers that holistic IPM “works”; i.e. allows to reduce the reliance on pesticides with better pest control, reduced costs and enhanced profitability. IPMWORKS will coordinate existing networks promoting IPM and launch new hubs of farms in regions or sectors where IPM pioneers are not yet engaged in a relevant network. Advisors coordinating hubs will have a major role in facilitating knowledge sharing, coaching farmers to find their own IPM solutions, and organising local demonstration activities. IPMWORKS will stimulate access to the ‘IPM Decisions’ platform and provide information on the IPM methods. It will collect data for comparing IPM strategies, and share results and dissemination material through channels widely used by farmers, broadcasting IPM success stories. It will organise training, and produce training material, targeting both farmers outside the network and advisory services, in order to prepare for the future dissemination of the peer-to-peer learning approach and the general adoption of IPM throughout the EU.