About Us

ASEAN IPM Knowledge Network or ASEAN IPM is a Philippine initiative for regional cooperation in sustainable development within the ASEAN region. It was approved during the 19th meeting of the ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) held at Bangkok, Thailand in September 1997. It is envisioned to help government (GO) and non-government (NGO) organizations improve the effectiveness of their program implementation by making knowledge sharing easy among national IPM programs in the ASEAN region. To do this, ASEAN IPM established an electronic, Internet-like Knowledge Management Facility that ensures IPM knowledge to be available at the point of need by program implementers and policy-makers.


BRIEF HISTORY

1998 (Sub-phase I) - establishment and operation of the Regional Center in the Philippines as well as the Country Hubs in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. As a country initiative, the Philippine Government provided initial funds for the Network’s operation with counterpart support commitments from member-countries in terms of provision for IT facilities and technical manpower.

2003 (Sub-phases II and III) – the Philippines experienced a transitory setback due to the Network’s inability to secure supplemental contributions and donors. Sub-Phase II involves the establishment and operation of Country Hubs in Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Singapore. Sub-Phase III covers the Network’s full implementation, through continuous building of IPM knowledge bases and knowledge sharing activities, across all the ASEAN member-countries.

2005 - in order to maintain Sub-Phases II and III operations, the Philippine Government, through the Department of Agriculture (DA), renewed its initiative on ASEAN IPM Knowledge Network with the end in view of promoting sustainable agriculture within the ASEAN region. This renewed initiative was reported to and confirmed by the 27th SOM-AMAF Meeting held in September 2005 at Tagaytay City, Philippines.


MAIN FUNCTIONS:

Knowledge Management - consolidation and transformation of available IPM information to create appropriate knowledge capital for use by national IPM programs in the region.

Program Development Support - packaging of knowledge capital for use in major IPM components such as training, program management, policy and advocacy, and project evaluation.

Program Clientele Services – providing assistance with regard to the access and use of stored IPM information and knowledge databases.

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