Insecticide use impacts of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Farmer Field Schools: Evidence from onion farmers in the Philippines

Publication year: 2011
Source: Agricultural Systems, In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 14 June 2011

J.M., Yorobe Jr. , R.M., Rejesus , M.D., Hammig

This article empirically examines the impact of Farmer Field Schools (FFS) on insecticide use by onion farmers in the Philippines. FFS is an intensive Integrated Pest Management (IPM) information dissemination method that encourages producers to lower their reliance on chemical insecticides for controlling pests and diseases in their farms. These FFS-IPM trainings have been conducted within vegetable-based production systems in the Philippines. The data used in the study are from a 2009 face-to-face farm-level survey of 200 onion growers in Nueva Ecija province. Using instrumental variable (IV) procedures to control for endogeneity and selection problems in the data, we find…

 Highlights: ► The article examines the insecticide use impact of Farmer Field Schools (FFS) in onion production in the Philippines. ► The impact was modeled using instrumental variable (IV) procedures. ► FFS trained onion farmers have significantly lower insecticide expenditures. ► The FFS training method is effective in disseminating IPM concepts.