A gap between agripest knowledge and access
Our researchers have documented some of the reasons why the adoption of alternative and diverse pest management practices is challenging. A strengthened process for the co-innovation of solutions throughout supply chains was one gap identified that may help bring about change. Through interviews with a diversity of stakeholders we have found that data sharing is one of the biggest impediments to developing partnerships across the supply chains.
A knowledge platform is needed to enable people across the supply chain and across landscapes and sectors to access and use information to support agripest management and strategic choices in an increasingly chemically constrained world. Important data, necessary for land managers and agricultural stakeholders to make informed decisions, is hard to access and often passed its used-by date.
Some data is available for issues like the development of resistance, but it is disconnected, held in different systems and institutions, and is challenging to interpret. Therefore, a complete picture of risks and opportunities is required to give decision makers access to best practice and to provide certainty.
A management knowledge platform that brings together data and information to address the agripest challenge
The Pesticide Use Risk Scenario Platform (PURSP) is one concept developed through extensive interviews with a diversity of agriculture stakeholders. We have explored how a knowledge platform like PURSP could assist them to understand and address their agripest challenges.
A four-legged chair is a good conceptual representation of the PURSP knowledge platform and the four areas of data to be included:
- Agripest control: What are the current products and practices? Will they remain available to use? (Pre-farm market)
- Resistance: How many products are currently affected by resistance? How widespread is resistance? What suite of agripests are exhibiting resistance?
- Market forces: Will post-farm markets impose restrictions on current practices and use of products? Are there looming regulatory restrictions? Are there niche markets with greater restrictions? (How economically attractive are these?)
- New solutions: Are new solutions likely to replace older ones in time to prevent a loss of capacity to control/prevent/avoid agripests? What is the market uptake of available solutions? What is the TRL of new solutions in the research pipeline?
How would I use PURSP?
Through our stakeholder engagement, one common identified theme is that many people need to be able to integrate diverse and different data streams to make agribusiness decisions. Getting information from multiple sources takes time and confidence in certain data sets can be low. A second identified theme is that many people are willing to share information, and sometimes this an integral part of their job. However, platforms to share pesticide and pest management data safely and securely are rare.
Our vision for PURSP is the development of a tool that brings people together in a digital space where they can explore, evaluate and share information. In the initial phases we would like users of PURSP to be able to do their current job quicker and more efficiently. But in later development phases we would like users to be able to identify the knowledge gaps they see as critical to improving their decision-making and thereby direct research focus. We envision PURSP to be a place where both public and confidential data can be stored and accessed according to users' needs and permissions.