Program Leader: Paul Jepson

Transformation in agricultural systems is required to meet food supply needs, improve human health and well-being, connect better to ecological services, minimize harm to pollinators and wildlife, and adapt to global climate change.

The Kavli declaration highlights the role that science can play in supporting this transformation, and this program addresses some key barriers that must be overcome if we are to meet goals for crop production, while protecting health and ecological function.

We have developed the Agricultural Transformation Pathway to explore this process more fully and provide structure to numerous projects within this program, and within the IPPC. The pathway includes five elements:

  1. Learning about the problem – through conceptual modeling, and analysis of vulnerabilities and uncertainties;
  2. Describing the system – through data assessment, and modeling;
  3. Ethical review – to determine when uncertainties are sufficiently reduced to conduct education programs;
  4. Conducting transformational processes – that include stakeholder partnerships with scientists and educators, participatory education and effective evaluation;
  5. Adaptation in response to system-level changes – by scaling up programs, and adapting them to meet changing needs in uncertain environments subject to dynamic and unpredictable change.

The projects within this program include:

Western Pesticide Risk Reduction Project

This project aims to address the needs expressed by collaborating Western region statewide IPM programs to achieve significant and documentable pesticide risk reduction across the Western US, a region representing some of the world’s most productive and diverse agro-ecosystems. Successful risk reduction here could also translate into significant progress globally through the mechanisms that we develop.

IPM/PRM Marketplace Standards and Certification

We partner with leading standard-setting and certification bodies to implement IPM as a requirement for crop certification globally, focusing in particular on adoption of reduced-risk, biologically based pest management practices, and reduction in pesticide risks to human health and the environment. We also develop and provide education and training for certification auditors, and for farmers who seek crop certification.

Pesticide Risk Management in Africa: the Fall Armyworm Response

Pesticide risk assessment and management in West Africa

Pesticide Stewardship Partnerships

Pesticide Application Management