Weak Governmental Institutions Impair the Managementof Pesticide Import and Sales in Zanzibar
2013 (English)In: Ambio, ISSN 0044-7447, Vol. 42, no 1, 72-82 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Poor pesticide handling practices and risk awarenessamong African farmers puts human health and the environment at risk. To investigate information availableto farmers in Zanzibar (Tanzania), an interview study was conducted with retailers, and governmental pesticideimportation to Zanzibar was examined. Pesticide retailersin Zanzibar did not have the necessary knowledge to safelyhandle or to advise farmers on proper use of pesticides.Licensed shop owners were rarely found in the shops;instead, untrained personnel were employed to sell thepesticides. Implementation of the legislation was weak,mainly due to lack of surveillance by governmental institutions.Poor governmental importation practices andunregulated private imports indicate serious weakness inthe management of pesticide importation in Zanzibar. The situation calls for increased attention on the monitoring ofpesticide importation and sales to protect the health offarmers and retailers, as well as the environment.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 42, no 1, 72-82 p.
Tanzania, Legislation, Interview study, Pesticide retailer
Research subject Applied Environmental Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-85207DOI: 10.1007/s13280-012-0338-6ISI: 000313722400008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-85207DiVA: diva2:582897