Integrated Pest Management and food safety Training

The Netherlands, 19 May – 13 June 2008
In recent decades, consumers have become increasingly concerned about the safety and quality of their food. These concerns, combined with increased environmental awareness, have led to a need for sustainable agricultural production systems. Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) have become essential components of sustainable agriculture. IPM integrates various control measures, where pesticides are used only as a last resort, without having negative side effects on the environment and occupational and public health. The public and private sectors in the North have quickly responded with measures such as product grading and public and private standards to meet requirements for food safety and quality.

Appropriate implementation of Good Agricultural Practices and IPM for food safety and international market access requires supportive and enabling policies and institutions. This can be achieved through multi-stakeholder processes (MSP) with the aim of enabling IPM and/or pesticide-related policies and supportive institutional innovations. The above process is addressed in the two courses offered by this international training programme.

Aims and Objectives
The training programme aims to enhance the participants’ knowledge and ability to identify and solve problems in IPM and aspects related to sustainable agriculture and food safety. The programme specifically addresses the following aspects:
  • The roles of stakeholders in supporting the implementation of GAP, sustainable agriculture and IPM
  • Achieving IPM policies and institutional innovations by using multi-stakeholder processes (MSP)
  • Participation levels in IPM policies and implementation
  • Food chains and the role of primary production in achieving food safety
  • The use of pesticides in IPM to support food safety and environmental protection
  • Public and private food safety grading and certification.

Training methods
The training programme incorporates interactive lectures, discussions, group work, case studies, presentations, field visits and excursions. Participants will be provided with the opportunity to learn from the broad international experience represented by our trainers and other participants. The participants develop action plans related to the topic of the course and relevant to their home situations.

Fellowships and Application
A limited number of fellowships are available from the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) for nationals of certain countries. NFP-candidates must FIRST apply to Wageningen International for admission to the training. The deadline for application with NFP is 1 February 2008. Acceptable candidates will receive a PROVISIONAL LETTER OF ACCEPTANCE from Wageningen International. Candidates can then apply for a NFP fellowship through the Netherlands Embassy or Consulate in their own country. Please note that NFP fellowships are only available for the full four-week training programme.

The admission deadline for application directly to Wageningen International, with funding other than a NFP fellowship, is 19 May 2008. Early application is recommended. For additional information and to download application forms. Application forms, including an attached CV, should be submitted to Wageningen International.


Who can participate?
The courses in this training programme are designed for managers, policy makers, specialists and senior technical staff who are professionally involved with one of the listed themes. Most participants are employed in the private and public sectors, where they work for universities, national research or development programmes or governmental and non-government organisations. They hold positions in:

  • Policy formulation, planning and decision-making.
  • Management and coordination
  • Agricultural extension programmes
    Or work as:
  • Agricultural specialists or advisors
  • Researchers or research managers
  • Senior lecturers or professors

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have an MSc degree (or at least a BSc)
  • Have at least three years’ professional experience
  • Be actively involved in the course subject matter
  • Be proficient in English.

Programme
The four-week training programme consists of two individual courses, being “IPM policy and institutional innovations” and “Pesticides and food safety in IPM “. Each of the courses can also be regarded as a comprehensive programme on its own. The courses help professionals to acquire in-depth knowledge within the two-week period. Participants can also combine the courses of this training programme with courses in the field of agricultural chain development and food safety that are offered during the same period. In this way, they can compile an individual learning programme tailored to their own needs and interests.

Certificate
Participants will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance.

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