Integrated Pest Management and Food Safety

Public and private standards for pesticide residues have become stricter than ever before. Implementation of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is necessary to minimize pesticide applications. But while there are many technical solutions, the application of IPM is still a struggle for many farmers. Do you want to identify and solve problems in IPM, and aspects of sustainable agriculture and food safety? Then this course is of interest to you.

Organised by Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation

Thu 6 April 2023 until Fri 19 May 2023

What will you learn?

Upon completion of the course you will:

  • Better understand the role of primary production in food chains in achieving food safety;
  • Know the link between Integrated Pest Management, food safety as a result of primary production, and the protection of the environment;
  • Understand public and private food safety standards and certification;
  • Be able to develop Integrated Pest Management strategies;
  • Know the different roles of stakeholders in supporting the implementation of Good Agricultural Practices, sustainable agriculture and Integrated pest management
  • Know how to increase participation levels in integrated pest management policies and implementation through multi-stakeholder processes.

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For whom is this course?

The basic prerequisite for participation in the course is active interest and professional experience in this field. Participants should be proficient in English and have at least a BSc degree or an equivalent academic qualification.

Course programme in more detail

Duration 7 weeks
Study load 120 hours
Programme 6 hours facilitated sessions per week
Break 1 week break in week 3 or 4

Increased environmental awareness as well as concerns about safe food, has led to a need for sustainable agricultural production systems. Good agricultural practices and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) have become essential components of sustainable agriculture. The integration of various control measures, with minimal use of pesticides, ensures that pests remain below the economic threshold. The IPM approach limits the negative side effects pesticides can have on the environment as well as on occupational & public health.

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Courses are currently online

Our courses are currently online. Check the course details for more information about the online course format.

With the knowledge I got from group work, I am confident that I can be able to collaborate with different stakeholders to achieve a common goal, how to work together with these institutions and have a synergy between these institutions
Maurice (Rwanda), 2021 online edition
I was astonished by the huge amount of shared information: scientific papers, books, live sessions, group work etc. After a few days, I started to understand the concept by making a general frame on IPM and especially food security that I didn’t know before. Starting from the 3rd week, I was calling my friends after sessions and explaining to them what safe food should be, and what should an IPM strategy include
Youcef (Algeria), 2021 online edition

Application for this course

On top of this page you can apply for the course 'Integrated Pest Management and Food Safety'. Depending on your nationality, your organisation and the type of course you wish to join, your eligibility and the application procedures may differ. Find out more about the requirements and the application process.