CABI has joined forces with the ISEAL Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Coalition in the fight to implement better, less chemical-dependent ways for farmers to manage agricultural pests and diseases.
The IPM coalition consists of ISEAL Alliance members including the Global Coffee Platform, Better Cotton Initiative, Bonsucro, Fairtrade International, Forest Stewardship Council, Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials, Golf Environment Organization, Sustainable Agriculture Network and Rainforest Alliance.
The overall long-term goal of the coalition is to reduce or eliminate the use of highly hazardous pesticides and to achieve a significant reduction of pesticide risks to health and the environment with effective standard and certification system’s tools.
CABI’s mission towards helping to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals is to work collaboratively to improve people’s lives by providing information and applying expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment.
The MoU with the ISEAL IPM coalition aims to help farmers to increase their capacity to grow better quality crops and fight pests and diseases – bringing science from the laboratory to the field – thanks to the promotion of CABI’s Plantwise Knowledge Bank as well as sharing knowledge on sustainable pest management strategies; strengthening knowledge exchanges on alternative methods for pest management; and identifying and focusing on specific pest-disease problems relevant to the sectors both parties work in.