ban of highly hazardous pesticides hHPS
Highly Hazardous Pesticides
Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs) are types of pesticides that can cause permanent acute and chronic toxic effects to health and to the environment. Children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of exposure to these pesticides. Long term exposure to Highly Hazardous Pesticides can cause severe health effects to the nervous system, reproductive, endocrine systems.
Exposure to HHPs occurs during handling, dilution, mixing and application by farmers and agricultural workers. One can also get exposed through consumption of food and water that is contaminated with residues of pesticides.
Besides the human suffering caused, there is a significant cost to society due to the accumulated health costs of acute and chronic injuries to pesticide users. As a result of the scientific evidence and community based experiences on the health and environmental impacts of pesticides, the global community is now taking action to phase out Highly Hazardous Pesticides.
In support of this, CEJAD has carried out a number of projects to monitor the use of pesticides in large and high yielding farms in Kenya to ensure that farmers are not using the harmful Pesticides.
We Aim To
- Promote safe and sustainable alternatives to highly hazardous pesticides use in Kenya to reduce negative impacts of HHPs on vulnerable populations including smallholder farmers, pregnant women and children and environment.
We Do This By
- Advocating for phasing out of highly hazardous pesticides in Kenya
- Promoting ecological farming practices such as agroecology and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for smallholder crop production in Kenya
- Promoting community-based monitoring to identify adverse health effects of pesticides in farming communities in Kenya
- Carrying out awareness and sensitization on the impacts of highly hazardous pesticides and benefits of safe and sustainable alternatives to synthetic pesticides
Projects in this Programme
Rapid assessment of the use of highly hazardous pesticides in the flower farms in Naivasha Kenya
Assessment of knowledge, attitude and practice of smallholder farmers on use of pesticides and agro ecology in Uriri, Migori County
Developing a community monitoring system of highly hazardous pesticides in flower growing region of Naivasha, Kenya
Assessment of non-chemical pest management approaches used by farmers in Lake Victoria Region
Awareness and Training for small holder farmers in Uriri on agro ecology and effects of pesticides
Developing the situation of highly hazardous pesticides and alternatives in Kenya
Workshop for smallholder farmers on impacts of pesticides and benefits of agro ecology
Field studies to document alternative pest management approached in the Lake Victoria Region
Assessment of the use of highly hazardous pesticides in Kenya’s flower farms
Report on KAP of smallholder farmers on pesticides use and alternatives
Report on non-chemical pest management approaches used by farmers in Lake Victoria Region
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