About 15 years ago, we asked ourselves why the methods developed by the research institutions for the management of pests were almost not used by small landholder farmers. It seemed obvious to us that conventional pest control -called "Integrated Pest Management"- was based on a reductionist approach. In reviewing the literature on the subject, we found that our concern was not new or unique. The agreement of some authors with our ideas reinforced our efforts to find a holistic approach to pest management. We took two central ideas to develop the holistic approach: First, pest management actions must put the farmer at the center of the system. Second, pest management must consider not only both pests but the other important components of the system in question. This approach based on the farmers and the systems in which they are immersed, is called "Holistic Pest Management" or HPM. In this book, I present the philosophy and practice of HPM, a new paradigm of pest management.
Juan F. Barrera is a senior researcher at El Colegio de la Frontera Sur located in Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico where he has been a faculty member since 1983.
His research interest is primarily in ecology, biology, behavior and pest sampling, as well as biological control and pest management in tropical crops, with an emphasis on the coffee berry borer.
He has published over 70 papers, 40 book chapters and 10 books.
He is a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences, the National System of Researchers of the National Council of Science and Technology of Mexico, and the Entomological Society of America. He was president of the Mexican Society of Biological Control.