It's harvest time in Benin, as you can see from this joyous young man rolling in his family's harvested cotton. PAN UK's training in organic cotton farming techniques is transforming the lives of thousands of smallholder farmers and their communities in Benin, west Africa. By eliminating harmful chemical pesticides from their cotton cultivation, the farmers are leaving behind the ill-health and the debt-ridden poverty that has blighted their communities for decades.
Populations of bees and other pollinators essential to our food supply have been in serious decline in recent years. Among the factors implicated in these declines are pesticides, in particular a new class of pesticides called neonicotinoids.
PAN UK has published a series of information fact sheets on all aspects of pesticides and their effects on bees and other pollinators. The fact sheets are available to download from our bees website or we have ageneral overview of all the information contained in the fact sheets.
PAN UK has launched a project to bring a safe and effective new approach to pest management to Ethiopian smallholder farmers which uses beneficial insects to replace hazardous chemical pesticides and improve the profitability of cotton production.