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Motivations behind farmers’ pesticide use in Bangladesh rice farming

Motivations behind farmers’ pesticide use in Bangladesh rice farming

Robinson, Elizabeth J.Z., Rani Das, Sumona and Chancellor, Tim B.C. ORCID: 0000-0002-4442-7001 (2007) Motivations behind farmers’ pesticide use in Bangladesh rice farming. Agriculture and Human Values, 24 (3). pp. 323-332. ISSN 0889-048X (Print), 1572-8366 (Online) (doi:

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This paper addresses the motivations behind farmers’ pesticide use in two regions of Bangladesh. The paper considers farmers’ knowledge of arthropods and their perceptions about pests and pest damage, and identifies why many farmers do not use recommended pest management practices. We propose that using the novel approach of classifying farmers according to their motivations and constraints rather than observed pesticide use can improve training approaches and increase farmers’ uptake and retention of more appropriate integrated pest management technologies.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] Acknowledgements (funding): This paper is based on output from a research project funded by the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) for the benefit of developing countries.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bangladesh, pest management, pesticide use, rice farming, sustainable agriculture
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
S Agriculture > SB Plant culture
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science
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