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Farmer Field Schools (FFS) have become a useful institution in facilitating an integrated approach to Integrated Pest Management (IPM). It has been viewed as an impressive advance in IPM implementation over the last decade (Ter Wheel and Van Der Wulp, 1999). Its impact is well documented among the rice production systems of small farmers in The Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and India. For instance in Indonesia following the implementation of FFS, rice farmers were able to reduce pesticide use by 60% with an accompanying yield increase of 13% (Kairo, 2000). Similarly in the Philippines there was a recorded 80% decrease in the use of insecticide among vegetable growers. There have also been many success stories out of Central America. This presentation explores potential use of this methodology within the English Speaking Caribbean.

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