Interventions to reduce pesticide exposure from the agricultural sector in Africa: A workshop report

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Röösli, M., Fuhrimann, Samuel, Atuhaire, Aggrey, Rother, H., Dabrowski, J., Eskenazi, Brenda, Jørs, Erik, Jepson, Paul C, London, L., Naidoo, Saloshni, Rohlman, D., Saunyama, Ivy, Joode, B., Adeleye, A., Alagbo, O., Aliaj, Dem, Azanaw, J., Beerappa, Ravichandran, Brugger, C., Chaiklieng, S., Chetty-Mhlanga, Shala, Chitra, G., Dhananjayan, V., Ejomah, Afure, Enyoh, C., Galani, Y., Hogarh, Jonathan N, Ihedioha, J., Ingabire, J., Isgren, Ellinor, Loko, Y., Maree, L., Metou'ou Ernest, Nkoum, Moda, H., Mubiru, E., Mwema, Mwema Felix, Ndagire, Immaculate, Olutona, Godwin O, Otieno, Peter, Paguirigan, J., Quansah, Reginald, Ssemugabo, C., Solomon, S., Sosan, M., Sulaiman, M., Teklu, Berhan M, Tongo, I., Uyi, O., Cueva-Vásquez, H., Veludo, A., Viglietti, Paola and Dalvie, M. 2022. Interventions to reduce pesticide exposure from the agricultural sector in Africa: A workshop report. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 19 (15), p. 8973. https://doi.org/ijerph19158973
AuthorsRöösli, M., Fuhrimann, Samuel, Atuhaire, Aggrey, Rother, H., Dabrowski, J., Eskenazi, Brenda, Jørs, Erik, Jepson, Paul C, London, L., Naidoo, Saloshni, Rohlman, D., Saunyama, Ivy, Joode, B., Adeleye, A., Alagbo, O., Aliaj, Dem, Azanaw, J., Beerappa, Ravichandran, Brugger, C., Chaiklieng, S., Chetty-Mhlanga, Shala, Chitra, G., Dhananjayan, V., Ejomah, Afure, Enyoh, C., Galani, Y., Hogarh, Jonathan N, Ihedioha, J., Ingabire, J., Isgren, Ellinor, Loko, Y., Maree, L., Metou'ou Ernest, Nkoum, Moda, H., Mubiru, E., Mwema, Mwema Felix, Ndagire, Immaculate, Olutona, Godwin O, Otieno, Peter, Paguirigan, J., Quansah, Reginald, Ssemugabo, C., Solomon, S., Sosan, M., Sulaiman, M., Teklu, Berhan M, Tongo, I., Uyi, O., Cueva-Vásquez, H., Veludo, A., Viglietti, Paola and Dalvie, M.
AbstractDespite 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.
KeywordsEnvironmental health; Occupational Exposure - prevention & control; Sub-Saharan Africa; Integrated pest management (IPM); Agriculture; Humans; Evidence-based policymaking; Pesticides; Farmers; Occupational health; Africa; Personal protective equipment; Pesticides; Risk assessment
Year2022
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Journal citation19 (15), p. 8973
PublisherMDPI
ISSN1660-4601
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/ijerph19158973
https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19158973
Official URLhttps://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/19/15/8973
FunderSwiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation
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Online23 Jul 2022
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Deposited20 Jul 2022
Accepted19 Jul 2022
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