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. Robinson
  • Sumona Rani Das
  • Tim B. C. Chancellor
Article

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Bangladesh Pest management Pesticide use Rice farming Sustainable agriculture 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elizabeth J. Z. Robinson
    • 1
  • 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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