You’re not the only one who enjoys tasty fruits, crunchy vegetables and nutritious grains – pests are also trying to take a bite out of the world’s food supply!

That’s why we need the Crop Protectors. These men and women keep crops healthy by finding new, innovative and sustainable ways to protect them from insects, diseases and weeds.

The Crop Protectors are involved at many different stages of food production. For example, they could be the farmer scouting crops for a pest, the agronomist advising growers on how to use beneficial insects or the computer programmer designing ways to apply crop protection products more efficiently.

How do they protect our crops?

Some people think farmers just apply chemicals to their crops to manage pests, but that’s not the case! In fact, the agriculture industry supports farmers in using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) – the practice of using a wide variety of tools and techniques to manage pests. While the Crop Protectors all have different backgrounds, the one thing they have in common is that they help make IPM happen.

There are three steps to IPM:

Step 1: Prevent

The Crop Protectors can anticipate some pest threats and take action to prevent pest populations from growing to a destructive level.

Step 2: Monitor

See how farmers are using new technology and traditional practices to keep a close eye on weed, insect and disease threats in their field.

Step 3: Intervene

See how farmers are using many different tools and techniques to safely control pests when they threaten to destroy our food supply.

Meet the Crop Protectors

Pavitar Pal Singh Pangli

Farmer and educator, India

Arie Sulistyani

Farmer and microbiologist, Indonesia

Meet the Crop Protectors