The overall mission of the Integrated Pest Management Innovation Lab is to raise the standard of living while creating sustainable development.
The program works to develop and implement a replicable approach to IPM that will help reduce the following:
- agricultural losses due to pests
- damage to natural ecosystems including loss of biodiversity
- pollution and contamination of food and water supplies
By combining strong regional IPM projects with work on critical global cross-cutting themes, the goals of the IPM Innovation Lab are to:
- measurably reduce crop and animal losses due to pests
- increase farmer income
- reduce pesticide use
- reduce residues on export crops
- improve IPM research and education program capabilities
- improve ability to monitor pests
- increase the ability of women in IPM decision-making and program design
By reaching these goals, the IPM Innovation Lab directly contributes to the strategic objectives of USAID and its partners to advance land resource management practices that provide long-term social, economic, and environmental benefits.
IPM Innovation Lab program objectives relate to research, communication, and education for behavioral change, institutional capacity building, policy and institutional reform, and the development of sustainable, resource-based local enterprises. Specifically, the IPM Innovation Lab pursues:
- the advancement of IPM science and the development of IPM technologies, information, and systems for sound land resource management.
- the improvement of IPM communication and education, benefiting IPM practitioners to manage knowledge and enable the widespread adaptation, adoption, and impact of ecologically-based IPM technologies, practices, and systems.
- capacity building to reform and strengthen policies and local and national institutions that influence pest management.
- developing and integrating sustainable resource-based, local enterprises into national regional and global markets.