Good practices for learning and adoption of IPM practices in IPM hubs and networks

Simon Lox (EV ILVO), Seerp Wigboldus (WUR), Hilde Wustenberghs (EV ILVO), Juliette Young (INRAE), Angela Muniz (FEUGA), Lucy Bates (LEAF), Cynthia Giagnocavo (UAL), Herman Schoorlemmer (WUR), Ellen Bulten (WUR), Nuria Rodriguez Aubo (FEUGA) and Laure Triste (EV ILVO)


This first deliverable from the first work package of IPMWORKS, aims to provide some inspiration and good practices for learning and adoption of IPM in hubs and networks. These were derived from literature and from interviews on cases of (IPM) (demo) farmer networks across Europe. Each chapter starts with highlights, showing the key findings for a quick insight in the issues in the chapter. The chapters then elaborate on insights on what holistic IPM is and what adoption barriers farmers incur and what IPM approaches to use in IPM demo networks; why networks should be set up to demonstrate and learn about holistic IPM and how to set objectives for individual farmers, as well as for farmer networks and group objectives; how to create a network and who to involve; and how to attract and engage farmers in the networks. Further, this deliverable provides some inspiration on the learning approaches that can be used in IPM demo networks to stimulate farmers’ learning and adoption of IPM on their farms. An inspirational table links the 8 IPM principles to specific learning activities mentioned in the interviews. Further, a chapter is dedicated to facilitation and the role of the facilitator (or the hub coach in IPMWORKS) and to learning tools. The insights in this document provide a basis for upcoming tasks, guidelines, tools and trainings that will be developed for hub coaches in the coming years. Further, it also elicits some interesting learning questions for IPMWORKS regarding how to set up an IPM demo network as a successful learning environment on IPM for farmers.

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