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Farmer Field Schools to Strengthen Control of Sunn pest and Other Pests (Iran)


Titre : Farmer Field Schools to Strengthen Control of Sunn pest and Other Pests (Iran)

Pays : Iran

Identification du projet : TCP/IRA/3102

Durée : July 15, 2007 – October 31, 2009


Objectives :
* to Introduce FFS method in wheat/barley farming systems in two provinces
* to develop a technically sound curriculum for the FFS, under the technical leadership of the IRIPP
* to develop monitoring techniques for Sunn pest and its associated natural enemies to be adapted for use by farmers, through action research activities by IRIPP and farmers
* to train four master trainers and 60 facilitators in organizing and conducting FFS
* to train about 900-1400 farmers on integrated crop production and protection
* to conduct a study for documenting the process of the development of the FFSs, in particular social aspects at community level (access of different groups to FFS activities, gender aspects, community action for Sunn pests, etc.). The study will also provide an evaluation of the FFS activities comparing Sunn pest control activities pre- and post-FFS
* to prepare a plan for the countrywide introduction of FFS

Outputs : In summary, it has been shown and documented by the project that the farmers who participated in FFS activity had achieved a significant decrease in costs of production. It was demonstrated that in the local specific conditions of Iran the IPM/FFS approach yields economic incentives, which can be utilized to promote it at national and regional levels. With regard to health aspects, it was concluded that awareness on the risks of pesticides led to obvious change in behavior of the farmers. In the other words, inappropriate use of pesticides leading to intoxication and other risks) had an obvious negative correlation) with the level of awareness on the risks of pesticides and practical knowledge on how to avoid such risks. None of the IPM/FFS farmers or their families had experienced any cases of intoxication after joining the activity. For environmental aspects, participation in IPM/FFS activity led to astonishing improvement in the farmers› attitudes and behaviour toward biodiversity in their agroecosystem. This group of farmers became zealous supporters of useful insects on their fields

Implementing Government Agency : Ministry of Jihad-e Agriculture, Iranian Research Institute of Plant Protection (IRIPP

Budget : FAO Contribution : U$ 245,000

Document source : Coopération FAO-Iran

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