Community‑based pest management in Central American agriculture – Project funded by CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency): In this CIDA‑funded project for Community‑based pest management in Central American agriculture that was launched in 2006, universities work together with rural communities and other relevant stakeholders to increase food security through improved pesticide safety practices. The four participating universities are: Universidad de Costa Rica, Universidad Nacional Agraria (Nicaragua), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras and the University of Manitoba (Canada).
The project has three major components: the community development component overseen by Laura Sims, in which project participants work directly with farming families in rural communities to understand how and why they farm the way they do, particularly with respect to their pest management practices; the technical component, which involves the creation of demonstration plots and facilitating educational outreach to promote alternative and more rational practices for pesticide use; and the political component, which includes developing indicators to help understand current practices and bring about change in rural communities and have an impact on local and national programs and policies regarding pesticide use.
USB researcher: Laura Sims
Co-researchers involved in the Central American project: Annemieke Farenhorst*, Martin Entz, David Lobb (University of Manitoba)
For more information, contact Laura Sims at email@example.com or visit www.umanitoba.ca/afs/centralamerica_cbpm/about_en.htm.