Highly Hazardous Pesticides in Agro-industrial and Smallholder Farming Systems in Kenya
Farms in the global South show heavy use of pesticides such as herbicides, insecticides and fungicides. Some of these substances are banned in Switzerland and the European Union but are often produced and exported from there. Our messages draw on research findings from Kenya. They make the link to international conventions, highlight alternatives to pesticide-intensive agricultural practices, and call for phasing out “highly hazardous” substances in line with human rights and the precautionary principle.
- Highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) should be withdrawn from the market, starting with WHO Class I substances and organophosphates, in accordance with the precautionary principle.
- Double standards of pesticide regulation among different countries should be eliminated and international conventions implemented.
- Training and incentives for pesticide-free farming should be promoted, such as use of push–pull technology for crop protection.
Johanna Jacobi, University of Bern, Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), Switzerland, firstname.lastname@example.org
Boniface Kiteme, Centre for Training and Integrated, Research in Arid and Semi-arid Land Development (CETRAD), Kenya, email@example.com
Fabian Ottiger, University of Bern, Institute of Geography, and foraus-Forum Aussenpolitik, Switzerland, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Reshaping the Coexistence of Different Food Systems in South America and Africa (FoodSAF) project:
PDF: r4d Policy Brief 2020, No. 3