Endosulfan banned in Benin
Endosulfan is responsible for thousands of poisonings in the develping world each year, some of which are fatal. In Benin alone 20 deaths were recorded last season in its northern region alone. After over a decade of campaigning by PAN and its partners the governemnt of Benin has finally announced a ban on this dangerous pesticide. Davo Simplice Vodouhe, Meriel Watts and Damien Sanfilippo report.
A new tool for Africa’s organic cotton growers
The key to eliminating the most hazardous pesticides from global production systems is to ensure effective, safe, cheap, easy-to-use alternatives are available. PAN UK and its partners have been testing the effect of spraying simple insect foods on young cotton plants. Robert Mensah, Davo Vodouhe and Damien Sanfilippo report encouraging results from the first year trials. Significantly increased numbers of beneficial insects and reduced pest numbers were found. Yields were increased and farmers improved their overall return.
Who benefits from GM crops? – the rise in pesticide use
After more than a decade of commercial cultivation, genetically modified (GM) crops are still failing to deliver the benefits the biotechnology industry claimed they would bring. Richard Hines and Clare Oxborrow of Friends of the Earth International summarise the findings of their new report.
Promoting organic and IPM markets in Senegal
Organic and IPM produce has a small share of domestic markets in Africa. But the size ot this market is currently limited by the availability of quality produce and the perceptions of customers. PAN Africa carried out a survey of market stallholders and their customers. Sire Badji reports on the lessons learned.
Europe turns the tide on methyl bromide
Europe’s successful phase-out of methyl bromide under the Montreal Protocal stands out in stark contrast to the efforts of other developed nations. CABI reports on the tools and procedures that have helped achieve this.
Managing empty pesticide containers in Perú
Remnants of pesticides cling to the insides of empty containers making them difficult to dispose of. An innovative project in the Mantaro Valley of Peru involved the local community in both decision-making and in the actual work of removing waste pesticide containers from local farmland. The project provides a model for other regions in Peru. Ymelda Montoro Zamora, Rocio Moreno Alvarado and Luis Gomero Osorio of PAN Peru report.