Global spread of grassroots action against pesticides
The Week for Pesticide Alternatives provides an annual focus events highlighting the need to develop and use alternatives pesticides. Initiated in France in 2006 it now has events in countries with around 35,000 people participating. Its rapid evidence of the strength of grassroots discontent with global synthetic pesticides.Malissa Phitthayaphone reports.
Pesticides reduce biodiversity
Pesticides are a major factor affecting biological diversity globally, along with habitat loss and climate change. They can be directly toxic to organisms, or cause changes in their habitat and the food chain. Richard Isenring reviews the science for PAN Europe.
New Director takes the reins at PAN UK
PAN UK welcomes a new Director, Keith Tyrell, who brings over 20 years’ experience to the role. Keith joins PAN UK from the Koru Foundation– a charity supporting community scale renewable energy in the developing world– where he was Director of Programmes and Research. He previously spent eight years working on environmental policy at the ENDS Report. He has extensive experience of working with grassroots organisations and ran the European arm of a threeyear international research and advocacy project for WWF. He holds a Doctorate in Development Studies, and MA in Environment Development and Policy– both of which involved research into
pesticide use. Keith lays out his vision for the future of PAN UK.
Plus: PAN UK welcomes new pesticides Minister, Lord Henley
Bt-based IPM boosts cabbage production in North Korea
Food production in the Democratic People ’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), is severely encumbered by persistent agricultural pest problems. To overcome these difficulties, members of CABI have made frequent visits over the past decade to lead a number of IPM projects.Manfred Grossrieder reports on how CABI, with funding from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), is collaborating with national stakeholders to facilitate the implementation of a general IPM strategy and elaborates on a particular Bt-based project.
Plus US Bans Endosulfan & Endosulfan and the Conventions
Fishing livelihoods threatened by pesticide pollution in Uruguay
The dominant agriculture model in Uruguay is affecting freshwater fishing communities, as a result of the massive use of agrochemicals in large-scale, high input farming, including soya, rice and wheat. This comes as no surprise as the pesticides used on Uruguayan farms are renowned worldwide for their toxicity to aquatic fauna and, in particular, fish.Maria Isabel Cárcamo describes findings from PAN Uruguay’s new report.
Improving organic cotton farmers’ access to neem in Benin
Switching to organic cotton production can significantly improve the health and economic situation of smallholder cotton farmers. However, poor access to organic pest management inputs has deterred many cotton farmers from ‘going organic’. The Organisation Béninoise pour la Promotion de l’Agriculture Biologique is installing mills for grinding neem seed which can then be used to make a biopesticide effective against the cotton bollworm.Davo Simplice Vodouhê reports.
Community health monitoring in Tanzania
The Lake Eyasi Basin in Tanzania has a history of intensive pesticide use. Vegetables are grown throughout the year and pesticides are widely used. A project to reduce pesticide poisoning is having promising results. A Tanzanian organisation, TAPOHE, is training local communities to ‘self monitor’ the impacts of pesticide use in their area. Dr Vera Ngowi reports.
NGO lessons from Nigerian stockpiles programme
Africa Stockpiles Programme projects begin with an accurate inventory of obsolete pesticide stocks, carried out by government staff. At the beginning of the ASP, Nigeria estimated there were around 22 tonnes of obsolete pesticides, which has been increased significantly to 1,664 tonnes following the nationwide inventory. Leslie Adogame from SRADev Nigeria reports on the innovative role of non-governmental organisations in this process in Nigeria.
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