MacArthur Fellows Program

Peter E. Kenmore

Agricultural Entomologist | Class of 1994

Title
Agricultural Entomologist
Location
Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines
Age
42 at time of award
Area of Focus
Food and Agriculture
Published July 1, 1994

About Peter's Work

Peter Kenmore is an entomologist specializing in integrated pest management.

He has been influential in the reduction of pesticide use on rice crops in Asia, and thus, has had an impact on world food production and on concepts of sustainable development.  Working with the United Nations in Asia, Kenmore has studied the population dynamics of insect pests and their natural enemies to determine how these balances are affected by insecticides.  He has developed new strategies for protecting major food crops from pests while reducing pesticide use, and has established farmers’ field schools where these methods are taught to rural farmers.  His model has been widely adopted by rice farmers in Asia, and its success has led several governments to stop or reduce subsidies for unrestricted, pesticide use on rice crops.

Biography

Kenmore is the Coordinator of the Global IPM facility at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome, Italy.  He has also served as a principal advisor to the FAO’s Integrated Pest Control Programme in the Philippines, and as a resource consultant for all IPC Programs in Asia.

Kenmore received an A.B. (1974) from Harvard University and a Ph.D. (1980) from the University of California, Berkeley.

Last updated January 1, 2005

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