Drivers Of Safe Pesticide-Management Practices Of Cotton Farmers In Benin



Smallholder farmers usually apply large amount of agrochemicals without sufficient protective measures in most developing countries, which may result in severe health and environment problems. This study aimed to identify the drivers of the use of protective measures when spraying synthetic pesticides and of the disposal of agrochemical containers. We use cross-sectional data collected from cotton growing households in Benin, that are typically known as using intensive amount of chemical inputs. Regression analysis show that educational level, training on pesticides management strategies, wealth and farm size are the most relevant factors that drive the adoption of safe practices when handling agrochemicals. Thus, we suggest policies makers to strengthen farmers’ education level or literacy through suitable educational programs, and assist farmers with adequate training materials on pesticides handling practices.


Pesticides, handling, safe practices, cotton farmers.

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