This project aims to develop integrated pest and disease management strategies for the sustainable intensification of fruit and vegetable crop production, addressing the threats posed by the inappropriate use of pesticides, emerging pests and diseases and climate change.
The development of high-value fruit and vegetable crops for both domestic consumption and export is considered a priority for economic development and improved livelihoods in many Pacific island countries.
This project builds on the gains and success made in the previous ACIAR project HORT-2010-090 from 2017. In doing so, it aims to address the increased incidence and severity of pests and diseases throughout the Pacific islands due to accidental incursion and/or environmental change. This will in turn contribute to the broader development goal of improving the livelihoods of smallholders and their communities in the Pacific islands.
Expected project outcomes
- Building diagnostic and strategic planning capacity for integrated pest and disease management, including biological control.
- Developing (and, where possible, implement) biological control strategies for invasive and emergent pests of selected crops and cropping systems.
- Extending integrated pest and disease management and insecticide resistance management strategies to additional cropping systems.