Más nos han enseñado, mucho hemos aprendido
This document, in Spanish, gives a description of the Project on Integrated Pest Management for the main food crops in Peru, carried out from 2000-2003. It describes the methodology for establishing the impact of the project, results and eight cases where farmers give a personal account of why they joined the project and what their experiences were.
The Project was formulated with the broad objective to contribute to solving the problem of indiscriminate use of pesticides and its negative effects on production, health and the environment. For that purpose the project focused on training farmers to improve their decision-making capacity in crop protection issues, using the Farmer Field School training methodology. Farmers readily adopted the methodology and highly valued its practical and participatory approach. On the other hand, the experience also shows that, although farmers gained a lot of knowledge about the pests and how to control them, a number of factors may complicate the actual application in the field of the things they learned.
Authors: Kim Groeneweg, Anna Versteeg and Jorge Chavez-Tafur