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From farmers’ perspective : pesticide use and pest control

Hashemi, S. M., Peshin, R. and Feola, G. (2013) From farmers’ perspective : pesticide use and pest control. In: Pimentel, D. and Peshin, R. (eds.) ntegrated pest management : pesticide problems. Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 409-432. ISBN 9789400777965

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Many studies have shown that farmers in developing countries often overuse pesticides and do not adopt safety practices. Policies and interventions to promote a safer use of pesticides are often based on a limited understanding of the farmers’ own perspective of pesticide use. This often results in ineffective policies and the persistence of significant pesticide-related health and environmental problems, especially in developing countries. This chapter explores potentials and limitations of different approaches to study pesticide use in agriculture from the farmers’ perspective. In contrast to the reductionist and mono-disciplinary approaches often adopted, this chapter calls for integrative methodological approaches to provide a realistic and thorough understanding of the farmers’ perspective on pesticide use and illustrates the added value of such an approach with three case studies of pesticide use in Iran, India, and Colombia.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Divisions:Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Geography and Environmental Science
ID Code:36624
Uncontrolled Keywords:Integrative approach · Integrated pest management · Pest control · Pesticide use · Safe use of pesticides

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