FAO's role in integrated pest management (IPM) in Africa has many components. Broadly speaking, it is the promotion of IPM in member countries, done within the context of strengthening plant protection in general and under the guidance of the FAO/UNEP Panel of Experts on Integrated Pest Control.
Activity areas undertaken by FAO which have links with IPM, include:
Awareness, creation and promotion of IPM
Organizes meetings, seminars, workshops, etc. to discuss and present results obtained in field projects; participates in meetings organized by other organizations; prepares publications on IPM in general, or on specific components of IPM, and on results obtained in field projects; and prepares teaching and training materials on improved plant protection and IPM.
Sets up or strengthens plant protection services or plant research institutes to make them functional, giving due consideration to regulatory functions; gives training in improved plant protection at all levels within the framework of the field programme.
Develops appropriate pest control measures in line with the IPM strategy.
Conducts field projects to strengthen capabilities in plant protection at the national level; conducts IPM implementation projects and plant production/protection projects.
Convenes regular meetings of statutory bodies (various panel meetings); convenes meetings or expert consultations on special topics; advises member countries on strategies to increase capabilities in plant protection.
Convenes donor meetings; co-ordinates donor activities and inputs; conducts regional or global activities on specific topics such as quarantine, pesticide residues, etc.