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The Health Benefits of IPM Programs and their consequences for agricultural and health policies in Central America


To promote the incorporation of farmer health in IPM programs in Central America in the context of sustainable agricultural systems based on an appropriate identification and quantification of the health benefits of IPM programs


  • review and advance of methodologies for the evaluation of health effects of IPM
  • identification of the respective impact of IPM training programs
  • valuation of health effects in economic terms


A study valuing the health effects achieved with farmers' training in the 15 year CATIE program currently carried out in Nicaragua by HU provides the basis for a review and assessment of methodologies on the economic valuation from pesticide health effects in Central America. An international workshop is conducted in Nicaragua that reviews and synthesises the importance, appropriate methodologies, and available results with regards to the health benefits attributable to IPM programmes. Results of farmer meetings on the analysis of pesticide-related health problems and proposed action are included in the international workshop. The specific objectives of the workshops are to: i) offer a forum to discuss the broader impact of IPM programs with scientists and stakeholders in Central America with regards to the aspect of human health in the context of sustainable agriculture; ii) to discuss policy options for more effective mitigation of pesticide health hazards; iii) identify consequences of a proper recognition of health benefits for the design of IPM policy in Central America and beyond.

Taskforce Leader

University of Hannover, Faculty of Economics, Institut für Gartenbauökonomie


European Institutions:

  • The Global IPM Facility at FAO in Rome
  • CABI Bioscience
  • International Union of Food and Agricultural Workers at Geneva

Central American Organisations:
  • CATIE Nicaragua
  • Panamerican Health Organization, Nicaragua.

Documented Results

Taskforce in progress.


University of Hannover, EmailDr. Hermann Waibel and EmailHildegard Garming or the IPMEurope secretariat