ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

Guatemala will be the site for the XIV Congreso de Manejo Integrado de Plagas (XIV Congress of Pest Management) during July 15, 16 y 17 of 2015.   This workshop is being held every 2 years in a different country of the Central American and Caribbean region.

This event is transcendental because in each workshop, even though new  knowledge is presented in different areas of MIP, one particular area is targeted in which the growers, technicians and future professionals in the area can be immersed and updated.   This workshop will be focusing on the challenges that agriculture is confronting due to climatic change.  We will try to present different cases and scenarios showing how much MIP is being used in our countries, as well as what to do to reduce the impact of the negative effects through early warning systems.  Also, other themes treated include MIP examples that have given good results in different crops, biological control agents that are being used, quarantine examples, the impact of MIP in exportations and how the use of chemicals is being focused.  Other aspects or themes that are going to be presented include food safety, norms and certification of products, identification of diseases, innovations in many aspects that are being applied in other countries, as well as simple practices that are being used in MIP.  Finally, talks about biotechnology applied to MIP will be presented along with some new strategies that have been developed.

Objetivos

General: To promote applied research in Integrated Pest Management programs and the interaction between researchers, farmers, technicians and other professionals in the region, to emphasize the mitigation of climatic change impacts on agriculture.

1

Scientific, technological and practical information interchange about current interest in MIP and its challenges in the real world.

2

Promotion of the best perspectives and advances in the generation, implementation and technology transfer in MIP.

3

Interchange of information about successful experiences in the implementation of adequate technologies for MIP and marketing and commercialization of various agricultural products.

4

Establishment of the contribution that MIP, biotechnology, phytopathology and other new technology provide to sustainable production.

5

Knowledge and interchange of experiences in food safety, norms and certifications and their relation to MIP.