Do, do, do, do you remember?
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CTA. 2001. Do, do, do, do you remember?. Spore 91. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
Permanent link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10568/46066
Internet URL: http://spore.cta.int/images/stories/pdf/old/spore91.pdf
five-day regional seminar held in Trinidad and Tobago in September 2000, about farmer participation in training in ecological crop management, including integrated pest management (IPM)
When you listen to a lecture or a talk on the radio, the average person remembers just 20% of the message. When you see something happen, you recall 30%. When you read a leaflet (and be honest now perhaps even Spore?) you remember a mere 10%. But when you did something yourself, you recall 90%. This is just one of the striking examples given during a five-day regional seminar held in Trinidad and Tobago in September 2000, about farmer participation in training in ecological crop management, including integrated pest management (IPM). Among the applications current in IPM in the Caribbean are resistant varieties, biological control, cultural control systems, and minimal pesticide use. 'Practice what you preach' was clearly the motto of the week, with the seminar participants being thrown into a series of role-play run-ins, simulations, self-criticism sessions, group dynamics and field work, as well as a tough programme of study of background papers which provide a detailed picture of agriculture in the region. By learning-by-doing themselves the 45 participants from 12 Caribbean nations got the message alright. They should soon be emailing each other to announce the much-improved rates of take-up of integrated pest management techniques by the farmers with whom they will apply participatory methods . Not that the seminar thought that it is just a question of farmer take-up . Policy-makers were expected to participate too, by shaping and applying IPM policies which ensure that the farmer is not always tempted by the quick returns offered by chemically-protected harvests. The seminar was co-organised by CABI Bioscience, CARDI and CTA with additional support from the Swiss