The rise of organic agriculture in Ethiopia

2018-09-24T10:14:27+00:00September 19th, 2018|Tags: , , |

by Selam Yilma, Communications Officer, PAN Ethiopia (19th September 2018) Pesticide Action Nexus Ethiopia (PAN Ethiopia) has taken on the role of implementing the 'information and communication pillar' of the Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) initiative in Ethiopia. This pillar works to complement the work of other EOA partners through creating increased awareness and knowledge [...]

A day of reckoning for Roundup

2018-08-13T16:32:21+00:00August 13th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

by Keith Tyrell, Director, PAN UK On Friday, 10th August, a jury in California came to a momentous judgement: it agreed with a school groundsman’s claim that his rare form of cancer was caused by exposure to the herbicide known as Roundup. The case has huge implications for glyphosate – the [...]

Latest resources in agroecology

2018-08-09T16:37:16+00:00August 9th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

by Dr Stephanie Williamson, Staff Scientist, PAN UK (9th August 2018) Agroecological approaches to farming are receiving increasing attention, both at international policy level and in some countries’ national programmes. PAN UK’s Agroecology web section gives readers a brief description of agroecology. It also provides case studies in coffee, pineapples [...]

First biofertiliser plant using pineapple waste

2018-08-09T14:55:06+00:00August 9th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

La Nación newspaper, Costa Rica, 29th August 2017 Translated from Spanish by PAN UK Processing plant will serve as a better means of dealing with foliage waste left over after harvesting pineapple fruit Machinery will also generate biogas fuel to generate electricity Creation of environment-friendly biofertiliser The first processing unit [...]

Recuperation of soil fertility

2018-08-03T13:53:30+00:00August 3rd, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

by Jorge Solano, Technical Dept., Eurofertil S.A., Costa Rica (This post is part of a summary of presentations prepared by Dr Stephanie Williamson, PAN UK, from the Coffee without HHPs workshop in Costa Rica, April 2017) Key messages: With increasingly degraded, acidic and eroded soils, biological factors, as well as the usual [...]

Organic inputs for productive coffee in a changing climate (Case Study Honduras)

2018-08-03T13:46:08+00:00August 3rd, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

by Renan Bajurto, Ecological Coffee Cooperative 'La Labor' (COCAFELOL) (This post is part of a summary of presentations prepared by Dr Stephanie Williamson, PAN UK, from the Coffee without HHPs workshop in Costa Rica, April 2017) Key messages: Each farm is a different world- it’s important not only to train farmers but [...]

Making use of nature’s own resources (Case Study Guatemala)

2018-08-03T12:17:24+00:00August 3rd, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

by Antonio Alberto Tzep Lopez and Diego Chox Dix, Cooperative Nahuala (This post is part of a summary of presentations prepared by Dr Stephanie Williamson, PAN UK, from the Coffee without HHPs workshop in Costa Rica, April 2017) Key messages: Using natural ingredients instead of synthetic agrochemical inputs can give good results [...]

Experiences in sustainable coffee farming in Costa Rica (Case Study)

2018-08-03T11:59:13+00:00August 3rd, 2018|Tags: , , , |

by Juan R. Montero Gamboa & Ing. Gabriel Umana AEA León Cortés, Monsol Sustainable Farm, Los Santos Zone, Costa Rica (This post is part of a summary of presentations prepared by Dr Stephanie Williamson, PAN UK, from the Coffee without HHPs workshop in Costa Rica, April 2017) Shade management at Monsol [...]

Beauveria biopesticides as part of IPM for Coffee Berry Borer (Case Study)

2018-08-03T11:34:18+00:00August 3rd, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

by Edwar Vasquez Vallecillo, SMS Sustainable Management Services, Exportadora Atlantic & Elmer Sarantes Cáceres, Cooperative Santiago, Jinotega Dept, Nicaragua (This post is part of a summary of presentations prepared by Dr Stephanie Williamson, PAN UK, from the Coffee without HHPs workshop in Costa Rica, April 2017) Key messages: Good IPM strategies for [...]

Alternatives to glyphosate in weed management – New edition 11th July 2018

2018-07-12T16:54:59+00:00July 12th, 2018|Tags: , , |

PAN Europe has published an updated edition of its report on alternatives to glyphosate as a contribution to the ongoing discussions among some Member States, led by France, on phasing out glyphosate and promoting alternatives. On the fringe of next week’s gathering of the EU agricultural ministers (Tuesday, 16 July), France will [...]

Learning from agroecological research in the UK and India

2018-05-02T17:02:49+00:00September 26th, 2017|Tags: , |

by Stephanie Williamson, Staff Scientist, PAN UK (26th September 2017) I was delighted to take part in a recent conference organised by the UK-India Agricultural Ecology Initiative and hosted by the British Ecological Society at its HQ in London. The conference brought together a range of mainly British and Indian [...]

Alternatives to Highly Hazardous Pesticides – A short guide

2018-08-03T14:36:23+00:00September 10th, 2017|Tags: , , |

This new booklet demonstrates that the phasing out of highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) is possible. Replacing these pesticides with safer and sustainable alternatives can be done, technically and economically. Governments and supply chain actors can help put alternatives into practice. We use case studies to describe alternative methods for managing [...]

The Food Spray Manual: A Trainers’ Guide

2018-08-03T14:35:32+00:00May 15th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

Using the food spray method to enhance biological control in cotton. PAN UK began working with Integrated Pest Management expert, Robert Mensah, ten years ago to develop a food spray, using cheap and locally available materials, to enhance populations of beneficial insects in smallholder cotton fields in Africa. Find out [...]

Replacing chemicals with biology

2018-08-03T15:31:12+00:00March 5th, 2017|Tags: , |

The purpose of this publication is to provide information drawn from all regions to assist countries in replacing HHPs with ecosystem-based approaches to pest and crop management - replacing chemicals with biology. It draws together previously published and new material in a form that is accessible for policy- and decision-makers [...]