What Europe can learn from Brazil, a biocontrol powerhouse

Following joint calls with farmers organizations to speed up access to biocontrol, IBMA invited Copa Cogeca and IFOAM Organics Europe to meet with Carlos Goulart, Secretary of Animal and Plant Health of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Brazil to learn more about the Brazilian experience with biocontrol.  The Plant Health Attaché, Permanent Representation […]

Biocontrol at IPM Works and IPM Decisions events

IPM Works European Policy and Stakeholders’ seminar “Boosting IPM implementation in the EU”  Held on 13 May, this European Policy Seminar aimed to engage key agri-food stakeholders in identifying tools, methods and practices to increase the implementation of IPM and reduce pesticides use in the EU.  Hosted by European Stakeholders, the session covered why Integrated […]

Why Europe’s biodiversity, farmers and food security cannot wait another decade.

The theme of the International Day of Biological Diversity 2024 is Be Part of the Plan. As farmers urge policymakers for a plan to speed up access to biocontrol, we ask – can Europe’s biodiversity, farmers and food security wait another decade? When biodiversity has a problem, agriculture has a problem Unsustainable pest control practices […]

Copa-Cogeca & IBMA – Joint letter to the EU Commission asking to ensure biocontrol solutions are made available to farmers without unnecessary delays

On 25 April 2024, IBMA and Copa Cogeca wrote to President of the EU Commission Ursula Von der Leyen requesting for the chance to engage in a constructive dialogue with relevant stakeholders to urgently address these challenges to boost the competition potential of European farmers. Read in full below or download here. Dear President Von […]

IBMA and IFOAM Organics Europe Call for Policies to Promote the Uptake of Biocontrol

IFOAM Organics Europe and the International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association (IBMA) call for policies to promote the uptake of safe, environmentally friendly and efficient biocontrol solutions of natural origin suitable for organic farming, and for a transition to sustainable agriculture systems. (Brussels, 25 April 2024) The last months’ intense political discussions have shown that at least […]

Biocontrol market now worth over 1.6 billion Euro, but EU policies are a bottleneck to unlocking full potential

The International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association (IBMA) member survey shows that the biocontrol market in Europe is now worth over 1.6 billion Euro representing almost 10% of the European crop protection market. Even though, in Europe, it takes up to 10 years for a new product to be approved and available for use, the biocontrol market […]

ABIM Call for Papers Now Open

The Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting (ABIM) 2024 will take place from 21 to 23 October in Basel, Switzerland. The Call for Papers is now open. Please submit an abstract by 30 June 2024, 18:00 CET We invite submissions for the following: Please submit an abstract by 30 June 2024, 18:00 CET. You will find all the information you need here. 

Belgian Ministers express support for biocontrol at opening of new facility

IBMA Member, Biobest welcomed David Clarinval, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Self-Employed, SMEs and Agriculture, Institutional Reforms and Democratic Renewal and Jo Brouns – Flemish Minister of Economy, Innovation, Work, Social Economy and Agriculture to officially open its new cutting-edge, predatory mite production facility where the the group’s new name, BioFirst Group, and […]

IBMA’s Input to the Strategic Dialogue on the Future of Agriculture

The Strategic Dialogue on the Future of Agriculture was launched to address issues such as “a fair standard of living for farmers and rural communities” and “support agriculture within the boundaries of our planet and its ecosystems.”  Professor Strohschneider, Chair of the Strategic Dialogue, invited IBMA and other organisations to share their views on a number of areas. […]