Interventions to Reduce Pesticide Exposure from the Agricultural Sector in Africa: A Workshop Report

Martin Röösli, Samuel Fuhrimann, Aggrey Atuhaire, Hanna-Andrea Rother, James Dabrowski, Brenda Eskenazi, Erik Jørs, Paul C Jepson, Leslie London, Saloshni Naidoo, Diane S Rohlman, Ivy Saunyama, Berna van Wendel de Joode, Adeoluwa O Adeleye, Oyebanji O Alagbo, Dem Aliaj, Jember Azanaw, Ravichandran Beerappa, Curdin Brugger, Sunisa ChaikliengShala Chetty-Mhlanga, Grace A Chitra, Venugopal Dhananjayan, Afure Ejomah, Christian Ebere Enyoh, Yamdeu Joseph Hubert Galani, Jonathan N Hogarh, Janefrances N Ihedioha, Jeanne Priscille Ingabire, Ellinor Isgren, Yêyinou Laura Estelle Loko, Liana Maree, Nkoum Metou'ou Ernest, Haruna Musa Moda, Edward Mubiru, Mwema Felix Mwema, Immaculate Ndagire, Godwin O Olutona, Peter Otieno, Jordan M Paguirigan, Reginald Quansah, Charles Ssemugabo, Seruwo Solomon, Mosudi B Sosan, Mohammad Bashir Sulaiman, Berhan M Teklu, Isioma Tongo, Osariyekemwen Uyi, Henry Cueva-Vásquez, Adriana Veludo, Paola Viglietti, Mohamed Aqiel Dalvie

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Despite the fact that several cases of unsafe pesticide use among farmers in different parts of Africa have been documented, there is limited evidence regarding which specific interventions are effective in reducing pesticide exposure and associated risks to human health and ecology. The overall goal of the African Pesticide Intervention Project (APsent) study is to better understand ongoing research and public health activities related to interventions in Africa through the implementation of suitable target-specific situations or use contexts. A systematic review of the scientific literature on pesticide intervention studies with a focus on Africa was conducted. This was followed by a qualitative survey among stakeholders involved in pesticide research or management in the African region to learn about barriers to and promoters of successful interventions. The project was concluded with an international workshop in November 2021, where a broad range of topics relevant to occupational and environmental health risks were discussed such as acute poisoning, street pesticides, switching to alternatives, or disposal of empty pesticide containers. Key areas of improvement identified were training on pesticide usage techniques, research on the effectiveness of interventions targeted at exposure reduction and/or behavioral changes, awareness raising, implementation of adequate policies, and enforcement of regulations and processes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8973
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number15
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 23. Jul 2022


  • Agriculture
  • Farmers
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Occupational Exposure/prevention & control
  • Pesticides
  • integrated pest management (IPM)
  • risk assessment
  • personal protective equipment
  • mixed methods
  • Africa
  • stakeholders
  • environmental health
  • occupational health
  • sub-Saharan Africa
  • interventions
  • pesticides
  • evidence-based policymaking


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