This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Summary for Project title: R8044: Integrated management of major insect
pests of potatoes in hillside systems in the Cochabamba region of
Bolivia and R8443: IPM of potato pests in Bolivia.
Potato farmers in Bolivia, and their children, are learning about
biological controls and integrated pest management. The potato is the
staple food in Andean countries as well as the main cash crop. But pests
and diseases cause huge losses each year. So, farmers use more and more
pesticides, threatening human health and damaging the environment. Books
for farmers, teachers and children introduce the ideas of integrated
pest management. Children help in the potato fields, so raising their
interest at an early age could pay off later. Farmers are also testing
traps baited with natural extracts. These could help safely control the
Andean potato weevil. Locally made traps intercept weevils heading for
the potatoes. Other farm communities are keen to test the traps so
demand could grow significantly.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty,
Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (10 pp.) taken from the CD.
CPP57, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 8.