Latest Issue - Pesticides News No 84

Quarterly/June 2009


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OP sheep dips – new study sheds light on an old problem
Many former sheep farmers in the UK believe their health has been permanently damaged by using organophosphate sheep dips. Now a new study confirms that even low level exposure can lead to long-term neurological damage. Ruth Beckmann reports.

Challenges for organic and IPM farmers in Senegal
PAN Africa works with small-scale vegetable farmers trained in organic and integrated pest management looking to improve marketing options. Marie Suzanne Traoré reports on findings from a recent survey of smallholder experiences in growing and marketing vegetables with reduced or zero pesticide inputs.

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African NGOs outline commitment to malaria control without DDT
The controversy over DDT use in Africa continues. Does it pose unacceptable health and environmental risks? Or is it the only affordable solution to the endemic problem of malaria? Jamidu HY Katima and Silvani Mng’anya report.

A new tool for improving organic cotton yields in Africa
PAN UK and their partners undertook intensive research in Benin, West Africa, between 2006 and 2008 to develop a novel pest management tool for organic cotton. Davo Simplice Vodouhê, Robert Mensah, Damien Sanfilippo and Gervais Assogba report on this promising new technology.

The GM cotton debate – science or ideology
According to an article published in the UK’s Daily Mail newspaper, GM cotton is responsible for the tragic deaths of thousands of Indian cotton farmers who committed suicide last year after their harvest failed. Organisations such as the the International Food Policy Research Institute were prompt to counter these claims, arguing that genetically modified (GM) cotton had benefited farmers’ livelihoods in India. Rarely has a technology provoked such polarised and passionate argument. Damien Sanfilippo weighs in on the debate.

Biological control of armyworm in Africa – pitfalls and solutions
Caterpillars of the African armyworm moth are a major pest in sub-Saharan Africa. Kenneth Wilson, David Grzywacz and Wilfred Mushobozi discuss the problems associated with developing sustainable biocontrol solutions for Africa.

Garlic – from Nature’s ancient food to nematicide
With the imperative to protect crops from pest damage while protecting the environment there is a clear need for ‘green’ alternatives to synthetic pesticides. UK-based company, ECOspray, has steered a course through the EU and UK pesticide regulatory frameworks to finally bring a garlic-based product to market. Its story is one of dogged determination in the face of numerous set-backs. Dr. Awais Anwar, Dr. Murree Groom and David Sadler-Bridge report.

Better food security for Senegal’s organic farmers
Cotton farmers in Africa are at the mercy of fluctuating prices on world markets. Jörg John reports on developments in Koussanar, South Senegal.

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