Agriculture and Human Values

, Volume 24, Issue 3, pp 323–332 | Cite as

Motivations behind farmers’ pesticide use in Bangladesh rice farming

  • Elizabeth J. Z. RobinsonEmail author
  • Sumona Rani Das
  • Tim B. C. Chancellor


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.


Bangladesh Pest management Pesticide use Rice farming Sustainable agriculture 


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The authors thank the farmers in particular for their participation in the surveys and questionnaires; the cooperation and input of colleagues at PROSHIKA and the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) in Bangladesh, particularly Mr. Qazi Khaze Alam, Mr. Anisur Rahman, Mr. Mubarak Hossain Khan Chowdhury, and Mr. Santosh Chandra Sarker; and colleagues at the Natural Resources Institute in the UK. 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. The views expressed are not necessarily those of DFID R7296 Crop Protection Research Programme.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elizabeth J. Z. Robinson
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sumona Rani Das
    • 2
  • Tim B. C. Chancellor
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre for the Study of African EconomiesUniversity of OxfordOxfordUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.PROSHIKADhakaBangladesh
  3. 3.Natural Resources InstituteUniversity of Greenwich at MedwayKentUnited Kingdom

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