According to FAO between 20 and 40 percent of crop production are lost before harvest due to pests. Sustainable pest management is crucial to secure crop yield and to decrease the use of harmful pesticides. It takes advantage of interactions between organisms ocurring naturally in the agricultural ecosystems, and other nature-based solutions to control pests. Climate change impacts both the possibilities to use such nature-based solutions and the risk for pest outbreaks. Development of ‘climate smart’ pest management enables more resilient sustainable pest control.
Jointly with partners, SLU has developed a resource package for healthy harvests in a changing climate. See below.