An ACIAR-funded project in Cambodia, that has been teaching farmers and their children about better ways of managing crop pests and diseases, is featured on ABC TV’s premier educational program ‘Behind the News’, or BTN.
The program, ‘A Bug’s Life’, shows Australian scientists Dr Bob Martin and Stephanie Belfield helping the Cambodians identify the beneficial insects in their crops, along with better ways of using pesticides.
School-based activities have been developed in an effort to train the next generation of farmers, and to help children influence their parents on integrated pest management.
Dr Martin illustrated the ACIAR-published children’s book ‘Jorani and the green vegetable bugs’ available in English and Khmer to support the activities.
BTN’s ‘A Bug’s Life’, with links to an activity sheet and further resources can be viewed here: http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s3435053.htm