Africa's challenges at a glance:
Africa’s population, currently estimated at 1.2 billion people, is expected to double by 2050 placing enormous pressure on food production systems on a continent plagued by low productivity and high poverty. Global attention on Africa’s food security needs has led to an increased reliance on agricultural inputs such as improved seed, fertilizer, and crop protecting pesticides to sustain gains in crop yields. The adoption of crop protecting pesticides has paved the way for pesticide manufacturers and merchants to enter the lucrative market that is driven by Africa’s present and future food production needs. However, pesticide use in Africa comes with potentially serious consequences to human health and the environment.
Africa’s pesticide challenges at a glance:
Solution: Pesticide Education and Training to enhance proper and safe use
Supporting evidence: In the United States, state-run pesticide safety education programs deliver educational resources, manuals, training programs, and other valuable information to teach farmers, government workers, and commercial applicators how to safely transport, store, use, and dispose of pesticide products. These trainings increase an individual’s competence and self-confidence in safely and effectively applying pesticides without harming themselves, their fellow Americans, and the environment.