Cost-benefit analysis of IPM solutions

This task has allowed developing a sound methodology for the evaluation of the financial performances of a range of IPM solutions from intermediate (solutions easy to implement and scientifically validated) to advanced (solutions in the experimental stage).

The main challenge consisted in developing a methodology:
i) flexible enough to account for the differences across cropping systems (e.g. perennial vs arable crops, unique crop vs crop-rotation, change in one parameter vs system experiment);
ii) simple enough for data collection to be handle by technicians and experimenters also involved in many other time-consuming tasks (including management of the experiments, environmental evaluation…).

The cost-benefit analysis (CBA) methodology developed in this task enables to aggregate all the information on monetary costs and benefits collected in the on-farm and on-station trials of the PURE project. Results allow understanding to what extent other non-economic incentives are necessary for widespread IPM adoption.

The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/ 2007-2013) under the grant agreement n°265865- PURE