Community IPM documents

Community IPM

The Community IPM website which was managed by The Field Alliance has stopped some years ago. Most of the files which could be downloaded from their library of documents, are now available here.

Training materials
Case studies
Scientific papers
Toxic trail

Documents are in doc format (Microsoft word) or in pdf format. Some have been compressed into a ZIP file.

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IPM Documents to Download

A library of training materials, case studies and scientific papers relating to Integrated Pest Management.


Programme Monograph

From Farmer Field Schools to Community IPM: Ten Years of IPM Training in Asia

A detailed description of the development of Farmer Field Schools, including historical context, educational foundations, ecological principles and lessons learned. [ZIP file with 11 doc files, 2.3 Mb] or [ZIP file with 11 pdf files, 2.9 Mb]


Training Materials

Tea IPM Ecological Guide

A trainer’s reference guide written by Michael R. Zeiss and Koen den Braber for CIDSE Vietnam. This is a trainer’s reference guide on crop development, major agronomic practices, disease and insect management, written for small-holders’ tea cultivation in northern Vietnam. The guide will also be of interest to tea producers in other parts of the world who want to apply an ecological approach to crop management. [ZIP file with 21 pdf files, 292 pages, 6.3 Mb]

Field Guide on Peanuts

Produced by Almalinda Morales-Abubaker for the National IPM Program in Vietnam. Lots of ideas for studies and training activities [ZIP file with 10 doc files, 100 pages, 119 kb]

Living Soils: Training Exercises for Integrated Soils Management

This guide consists of 31 exercises all of which have been field tested in training sessions in Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia and Bangladesh. Produced for FAO by William Settle [ZIP file with 5 pdf files, 101 pages, 1.6 Mb]

Participatory Ecology Training: Field Guide for IPM Training

A fully illustrated guide by Nanang Budiyanto covering 18 topics, 2000. This Guide is based on field work carried out over a period of more than 5 years in Indonesia. The 18 exercises have also been used as part of IPM training courses in China, Bangladesh and Thailand. In March 2000 the author presented the Field Guide to trainers from 9 countries at a workshop on ‘Science and Farmers’. These trainers are now using the Guide, adapting the exercises and developing new materials. [ZIP file with 6 pdf files, 38 pages, 1.6 Mb]

Community Based Rice IPM Programme Development: A Facilitator’s Guide

A detailed guide to organising season-long field schools (FFS) by Kevin Gallagher, 1996. [ZIP file with 12 Rich Text Files, 211 pages, 158 kb]

A Training of Trainers Course for IPM Farmer Trainers

A summary of more than 30 activities used during a 7-day course for farmer trainers, prepared by Heru Setyoko, 1997 [doc file, 14 pages, 94 kb]

Field Guide for Agroecosystem Areal Planning

Group exercises in which farmers make maps as a basis for establishing a vision for their village and analysing their resources. By the FAO team in Indonesia,1998 [doc file, 8 pages, 83 kb]

A Manual to Facilitate Participatory Planning Activity

Details of 10 planning exercises which can be used with farmer groups as part of a Community IPM programme, by Mufid Busyairi, 1999 [doc file, 22 pages, 142 Kb].

Field Guide on Gender and IPM

The exercises in this guide aim to improve gender awareness among IPM trainers. Prepared by the Centre for Family and Women’s Study in Hanoi, and FAO staff, 1996 [pdf file, 48 pages, 206 kb]

Facilitating Scientific Method as Follow-Up for FFS Graduates

The tools and principles described in this manual will help improve planning and analysis of field studies carried out by farmers who graduate from IPM Field Schools. By Henk van den Berg, revised November 2001 [doc file, 18 pages, 227 Kb]

The Health Effects of Pesticide Use: Methods to Conduct Community Studies With School Age Children

These materials and exercises will help school children understand the dangers of pesticide use. Prepared by Helen Murphy, 1997. [doc file, 35 pages, 273 Kb]


Case Studies

The Empowerment… of Farmer Life Schools

The report of a project in Cambodia in which IPM farmer trainers facilitated Human Ecosystem Analysis (HESA). Written by Nguon Sokuthea, 2002 [doc file, 33 pages, 1.5 Mb]

Farmer Field Research: An Analysis of Experiences from Indonesia

Henk van den Berg et. al. This report provides a conceptual framework for Farmer Field Research, and examines five cases from Indonesia, 2001.[ZIP file with 3 pdf files, 76 pages, 0.67 Mb]

Picturing Impact: Participatory Evaluation of Community IPM in Three West Java Villages

A study carried out by farmers who took photographs to examine the impact of IPM on poverty in their villages.[ZIP file with 5 doc files, 66 pages, 1.8 Mb]

IPM by Farmers:The Farmer IPM Trainers TOT Program in Nepal

A report by Zambani of a TOT course in Nepal in May 2000 for IPM farmers who want to become trainers. The document includes details of both the 2-day curriculum development workshop and the 10-day TOT, and includes many photos. [doc file, 19 pages, 497 Kb]

A Village Planning Meeting, Yen Phuong Village, Vietnam

This case describes the process of a 3-day planning meeting involving IPM farmers and trainers. The case also summarises what happened in the months which followed the meeting. With maps and photos. [pdf file, 27 pages, 821 Kb]

Kaligondang: A Case History of an IPM Sub-district

An account of how a local IPM programme developed over a period of 7 years. Includes descriptions of how Field Schools, Studies, Workshops and Meetings were conducted. [pdf file, 60 pages, 182 Kb]

Report of an IPM Training of Trainers Course, Nepal

This TOT was conducted in 1999 with participants from both Government agencies and NGOs. The report consists of two files: the main text has a general description of the TOT and parallel IPM Field Schools [pdf file, 26 pages, 110 kb] while the Annexes include details of the curricullum, field studies, management structures and a project concept paper prepared by trainees [pdf file, 50 pages 198 kb]

The Farmers Technical Meeting, Indonesia

A group of 26 Farmer Trainers discuss their problems and prepare plans for IPM activities in their District. [doc file, 7 pages, 45 Kb]

The Indonesian IPM Farmers Congress

A description of a National Meeting held in July 1999 More than 540 participants represented IPM farmer groups in 12 provinces. [doc file, 10 pages, 89 Kb]

Gender and IPM in Nepal

The IPM team in Nepal has recognised the importance of participation by women. Short cases and a list of ‘challenges’ are included in this colourful report. [pdf file, 10 pages, 429 kb]


Scientific Papers

Scaling up the IPM Movement

Russ Dilts 2001. Scaling up the IPM Movement. LEISA Magazine 17-3, pp 18-21 [pdf file, 4 pages, 482 Kb]

Improving Local Cultivation of Soybean in Indonesia through Farmer’s Experiments

H. Van Den Berg and A.S. Lestari 2001. Improving Local Cultivation of Soybean in Indonesia through Farmer’s Experiments. Expl Agric. 37:183-193 [pdf file, 11 pages, 168 Kb]

Insect Pest Management in Tropical Asian Irrigated Rice

Matteson, P.C. 2000. Insect Pest Management in Tropical Asian Irrigated Rice. Annual Review of Entomology 45:549-574. Click here to read the paper on-line, or click on the title above to download the file [pdf file, 26, pages, 102 Kb]

Facilitating the Emergence of Local Institutions

Dilts, R 1999. Facilitating the Emergence of Local Institutions: Reflections from the experience of the Community IPM Programme in Indonesia. In Asian Productivity Organisation Role of Institutions in Rural Community Development: Report of the APO Study Meeting in Colombo, 21-29 Sep 1998. pp.50-65 [doc file, 19 pages, 127 Kb]

A comparison of two IPM training strategies in China: the importance of concepts or the rice ecosystem for sustainable insect pest management

Mangan, J., and M.S.Mangan 1998. A comparison of two IPM training strategies in China: the importance of concepts or the rice ecosystem for sustainable insect pest management. Agriculture and Human Values 15: 209-221. [doc file, 22 pages, 169 Kb]

Beyond the Farmer Field School: IPM and Empowerment in Indonesia

Ooi, P. A. C. 1998. Beyond the Farmer Field School: IPM and Empowerment in Indonesia. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Gatekeeper Series No. 78. London. 16 pp. (Originally presented at the International Conference of IPM – Theory and Practice, Developing Sustainable Agriculture, Guangzhou, China June 15 – 20, 1998) [doc file, 15 pages, 136 Kb]

Science and Farmers: IPM by Farmers

Ooi, P. A. C. 1999. Science and Farmers: IPM by Farmers. In Sivapragasam et al (Eds.) Plant Protection in the Tropics, Tropical plant protection in the information age. Proceedings of the MAPPS Fifth International Conference. pp.57-60.[doc file, 4 pages, 46 Kb]

Managing Tropical Rice Pests Through Conservation of Generalist Natural Enemies and Alternative Prey

Settle, W.H. et al. 1996. Managing Tropical Rice Pests Through Conservation of Generalist Natural Enemies and Alternative Prey. Ecology, 77(7): 1975-1988 [pdf file, 15 pages, 172 Kb]


Bartlett, A.P. 2002. ICT and IPM. In Farmers, FAO and Field School: Bringing IPM to the grass roots in Asia. Food and Agriculture Organisation Farmers, in press. [doc file, 13 pages, 83 Kb]


Toxic Trail documentation

Death in Small Doses

A comprehensive look at the pesticide problem in Cambodia. This report includes details of the pesticides which are being used, the dangers which they create, and the alternatives which are available. Produced by the Environmental Justice Foundation, January 2002. Click here to go to the EJF website where this report can be downloaded [37 pages, 1.5 Mb]

Situation Analysis: Farmers Awareness and Perceptions of the effect of pesticides on their health

Pan Sodavy, Mam Sitha, Robert Nugent and Helen Murphy, for the FAO Community IPM Programme, 2000. This study, carried out by IPM farmers and trainers, indicated that more than half of vegetable farmers in Cambodia are using chemicals classified as extremely and highly hazardous (WHO categories Ia and Ib). More than a third of these farmers report symptoms of moderate or severe poisoning. [pdf file, 16 pages, 75 Kb]

Relationship of pesticide spraying to signs and symptoms in Indonesian farmers

Misa Kishi, Norbert Hirschhorn,, published in the Scandinavian Journal of Work and Environmental Health, 1995. This study showed that 21% of spray operations by Indonesian rice farmers resulted in three or more symptoms of pesticide poisoning. In other words, acute poisoning is part of normal farming practice not an occasional or accidental event. [pdf file, 10 pages, 118 Kb]

Health Effects of Pesticide Use Among Indonesian Women Farmers, Part 1: Exposure and Acute Effects

Helen Murphy, Arik Sanusi, Russ Dilts, et. al. published in the Journal of Agromedicine. 1999. This study demonstrated that women vegetable farmers in Sumatra use pesticides in a highly unsafe manner. The report has a large number of tables and photos which clearly show the appalling manner in which pesticides are stored and applied. [pdf file, 25 pages, 531 Kb]

Farmer Self-Surveillance of Pesticide Poisoning Episodes

Carried out by a group of farmers from Nam Dinh Province, Vietnam, and translated by the FAO Community IPM Programme, 2000. The data in this report, collected over a one month period, demonstrates the extent to which action research by farmers can play an important part in rural community development. [pdf file, 9 pages, 311 Kb]

The Health Effects of Pesticide Use: Methods to Conduct Community Studies With School Age Children

Helen Murphy for the FAO Community IPM Programme, 1997. These materials and exercises will help school children understand the dangers of pesticide use. The author is interviewed about her work during the Toxic Trail Documentary. [pdf file, 35 pages, 124 Kb]

Acute Pesticide Poisoning: A Major Global Health Problem

J. Jeyaratnam, for World Health Statistics Quarterly,1990. One of the few attempts to make a global estimates of acute pesticide poisoning. After comparing official reports to self-reported cases in a number of Asian countries, the author concludes that “it is estimated that there could be as many as 25 million agricultural workers in the developing world suffering an episode of poisoning each year”.[pdf file, 8 pages, 36 Kb]

Claim No Easy Victories: Evaluating the Pesticide Industry’s Global Safe Use Campaign

Douglas L. Murray and Peter Leigh Taylor, published in World Development, 2000. This paper questions the effectiveness and motivation of the industry campaign and concludes that “The industry must recognise that engaging their critics more seriously may be the only way to achieve meaningful changes and resolution of the pesticide problem. This will require a serious re-evaluation of current efforts to downplay the problem and cast it in terms of faulty rationality or erroneous perception”. [pdf file, 15 pages, 110 Kb]



IPM Farmer Field School: a synthesis of 25 Impact Evaluations

IPM Farmer Field School: a synthesis of 25 Impact Evaluations, Henk van den Berg. [pdf file, 53 pages, 416 Kb]

Entry Points for Empowerment

Entry Points for Empowerment. Andrew Bartlett. [pdf file, 73 pages, 815 Kb]

The FAO experience

The FAO experience. How they did it, how much it cost, and was it worth it? Find out here.[pdf file, 15 pages, 71 Kb]

Growing up in the REAL world

Growing up in the REAL world. Learning about rural ecology and agricultural livelihoods in Thai schools.[pdf file, 3 pages, 407 Kb]

Thats all, but …

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