The mission of the International Association for the Plant Protection Sciences (IAPPS) is to promote and support an integrated, scientific approach to plant protection. It involves a wide range of research approaches, technologies and practices, with the aim of encouraging the development and implementation of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) philosophy and practice.
Many definitions have been developed by various organisations and researchers over the years: perhaps most notable is the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) definition. Following contributions from various IAPPS Board members, IAPPS now has its own IPM definition.
“Integrated Pest Management is an approach to plant protection that focuses on utilising features of the agro-ecosystem and the management capability of farmers to combine different management strategies and practices to grow healthy and profitable crops, to minimize the use of agrochemical inputs, and to mitigate their negative impacts on human and environmental health”.