Interventions to Reduce Pesticide Exposure from the Agricultural Sector in Africa: A Workshop Report

M. Röösli, E. Isgren, M.A. Dalvie, et al.

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Despite the fact that several cases of unsafe pesticide use among farmers in different parts of Africa have been documented, there is limited evidence regarding which specific interventions are effective in reducing pesticide exposure and associated risks to human health and ecology. The overall goal of the African Pesticide Intervention Project (APsent) study is to better understand ongoing research and public health activities related to interventions in Africa through the implementation of suitable target-specific situations or use contexts. A systematic review of the scientific literature on pesticide intervention studies with a focus on Africa was conducted. This was followed by a qualitative survey among stakeholders involved in pesticide research or management in the African region to learn about barriers to and promoters of successful interventions. The project was concluded with an international workshop in November 2021, where a broad range of topics relevant to occupational and environmental health risks were discussed such as acute poisoning, street pesticides, switching to alternatives, or disposal of empty pesticide containers. Key areas of improvement identified were training on pesticide usage techniques, research on the effectiveness of interventions targeted at exposure reduction and/or behavioral changes, awareness raising, implementation of adequate policies, and enforcement of regulations and processes.
Original languageEnglish
Article number8973
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Environmental Health and Occupational Health

Free keywords

  • Africa
  • environmental health
  • evidence-based policymaking
  • integrated pest management (IPM)
  • interventions
  • mixed methods
  • occupational health
  • personal protective equipment
  • pesticides
  • risk assessment
  • stakeholders
  • sub-Saharan Africa
  • pesticide
  • agricultural worker
  • agriculture
  • attitude to health
  • human
  • occupational exposure
  • prevention and control
  • Agriculture
  • Farmers
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Occupational Exposure
  • Pesticides


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