Rice farmers’ background, perceptions of pests, and pest management actions: a case study in the Philippines

  • S. Savary


Farmers’ perceptions of pests were analysed as one component of the integrated rice pest survey conducted by IRRI in Central Luzon, Philippines, with a historical perspective. Correspondence analysis was applied to different groups of descriptors: farmers’ socio-economic background, perceptions, and actions to control pests in their past farming experience. The results were interpreted using a modified version of Mumford and Norton (1984) behavioral model. They indicate associations between backgrounds, perceptions, and actions. The results also suggest the major role of informal information channels in the development of farmers’ attitude towards pests which could be used to develop integrated pest management methods.

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decision making rice tungro virus disease brown planthopper Nilaparvata lugens correspondence analysis Integrated Pest Management 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Savary
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut Français de Recherche Scientifique pour le Développement en Coopération, Visiting Scientist at the International Rice Research Inssitute, Division of Plant PathologyORSTOMManilaPhilippines

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