IPM Programmes


 ‌ IPM programmes endorsed by governments, national organisations and other stakeholders facilitate various approaches and projects to foster IPM. Programmes aiming at training about IPM tools and knowledge exchange between research, extension and growers in particular support the uptake of IPM on farm level. This section provides information on programmes in OECD countries.


Australia• Belgium Canada • Denmark • Germany • Estonia • Ireland • Japan • Netherlands • New Zealand • Portugal • Slovenia • Spain • United Kingdom • United States • FAO




The pilot centres (29/04/2004 – Decree of the Walloon government related to the Agreement of Pilot Centres for development and vulgarisation in agriculture) support the adoption and implementation of IPM by the farmers. A working group represented by representatives of the stakeholders (officials, farmers, experimental and demonstration farm and centres, research, industry, water producers, environmental Belgian NGO’s) follows and validates the development of the IPM guidelines.


Flemish Region

In 2013, five demonstration projects (ALDO demo) started in different agricultural sectors (arable crops, chicory, ornamentals, vegetables and soft fruit). In the following 2 years the possibilities of IPM will be demonstrated in practice in collaboration with the farmer. The projects are carried out by different demonstration and research centers.  A working group represented by representatives of the stakeholders (officials, farmers, experimental and demonstration farm and centres, research, industry, water producers, environmental Belgian NGO’s… ) advises and validates the development of the IPM guidelines.



Canada is a vast country politically divided into ten provinces and three territories with a central federal government. In Canada, agriculture is a shared responsibility, with well-defined roles and scope between the federal and provincial jurisdictions. In the context of IPM, Canada has relevant programs delivered nationally and provincially.


Government Programmes:

The federal agriculture department supports programs for research, development and technology transfer of IPM tools and technologies in support of the goals of reducing risks associated with the use of pesticides, enabling an innovative and sustainable agriculture sector.

Approach: Research programs target pest identification and biology, forecasting, cultural, biological and mechanical pest control, and integrated approaches. Two pest management development and technology transfer programs, the Pesticide Risk Reduction Program (PRRP), and the Minor Use Pesticides Program (MUPP) are aimed to improve growers’ access to new and reduced risk approaches to pest management.

Results: New tools and technologies for IPM are discovered and developed, strategies to reduce risks from the use of pesticides are implemented, minor uses of pesticides are registered, and growers have access to better, more sustainable management solutions.

Industry Programmes:

Some large national commodity organizations provide information about IPM to their growers with the goal of encouraging best pest management practices, and improving the sustainability, and marketability of the commodity.


Information is made available through websites and other media, for the most part. Link to specific examples are provided below.


Agriculture and Agrifood Canada Research Centres

Pesticide Risk Reduction Strategies


National Crop Profiles

PRRP: IPM factsheets


Canadian Horticulture Council - potato IPM

Canola Council of Canadacanola IPM

Canadian Nursery and Landscape Association

Flowers Canada Growers - Greenhouse IPM


Provincial IPM programming

Canadian provinces have a predominant role in agricultural outreach and extension activities, including IPM training and services, pertinent to regional and local conditions and needs. Provincial responsibilities also include legislation of storage, transport, sale and use of pesticide products, pesticide certification and licensing of commercial applicator, and education on safe use of pesticides.


The delivery of extension services and IPM programming at operational and technical level is handled in a number of ways in different provinces, and in some cases involves designated extension personnel and IPM specialists within provincial Ministries of Agriculture.

Below is a list of links to Provincial Departments of Agriculture. Where possible, links to specific IPM programs are provided.

- British Columbia: Ministry of Agriculture (e.g. Plant Health Strategy)

- Alberta: Agriculture and Rural development

- Saskatchewan: Government of  Saskatchewan  Ministry of Agriculture

- Manitoba: Manitoba Agriculture Food and Rural Initiatives

- Ontario: Ministry of Agriculture and Food  (e.g. Ontario Crop IPM)

- Quebec: Agriculture, Pêcheries et Alimentation  (e.g. Stratégie phytosanitaire)

- New Brunswick: http://www.gnb.ca/0027/Index-e.asp

- Nova Scotia: Nova Scotia Agriculture

- Prince Edward Island: Department of Agriculture and Forestry

- Newfoundland and Labrador: Department of Natural Resources



The Federal Government has implemented a programme to promote innovation in crop production. The development and implementation of novel technologies (forecasting and decision support systems and use of GIS, biological control and other non-chemical alternatives, precision farming, sensor technologies for sprayers) and innovation for IPM (e.g. breeding for host plant resistance) play an important role.

Moreover, in 2011 the programme "Demonstration Farms Integrated Plant Protection" was funded by the German Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Consumer Protection (BMELV) to foster IPM implementation across various agricultural sectors.



  • Water Abc (since 2012): the aim of the project is to solve problems with the quality of water. First an analysis is made of the problems: what are the main ways of emission pesticides which cause these problems? Then a plan is made for the reduction of the emission and also how this can be guaranteed , e.g. by private certification requirements, regulation, conditions for the European CAP subsidies, etc. The project is an initiative of the association for Farmers, Pesticide industry, Pesticide traders, Water board and Government. More information: www.waterabc.nl (Dutch)

  • Clean water for Brabant (Schoon water voor Brabant): the aim of the project is to stimulate farmers and others to use pesticides in an sustainable way. E.g. by using IPM-techniques and drift reducing techniques. The project is an initiative of the Local Government, Water board and Farmers associations, More information: www.schoon-water.nl (Dutch).

  • Farming with future (Telen met toekomst; 2003 – 2010): the project works with parties with a vested interest to promote sustainable crop protection in practice. Besides developing new knowledge, it spends a good deal of its energy in the embedding of sustainable practices within relevant organisations, businesses and agrarian entrepreneurs in order to make these practices permanent features of their activities.



Other programmes

  • agLearn.net: the Network for Sustainable Agriculture (in association with CropLife Asia)
  • Oisat: Online information service for non-chemical pest management in the tropics (in association with PAN Germany)


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