African Organic Agriculture Training Manual: Pest, Disease and Weed Management

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Learning targets for farmers: 1) Distinguish between beneficial organisms and pests, diseases and weeds 2) Develop awareness of the most important organisms limiting production and storage of agricultural products 3) Understand why management of pests, diseases and weeds should not be limited to spraying pesticides, but should consist of providing good growing conditions for the plants to enhance their resilience and resistance and encourage natural control mechanisms through promotion of natural enemies 4) Recognize the tools of organic pest, disease and weed management and be able to combine them appropriately to limit pesticide applications.

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Eric Wyss
Brian Ssebunya
FiBL, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture