Importance for science
The research project will make an important contribution to the understanding of the environmental burden of pesticides in water resources of agricultural settings in tropical LMICs. The comparative analysis shall lead the way forward in terms of future research in the area of pesticide application in tropical settings in LMICs and result in a convincing set of research driven policy recommendations at the national and regional level.
Importance for practice
Through the combination of environmental monitoring and exposure assessment, effective mitigation measures for reducing environmental and human exposure to pesticides will be identified, taking into account specific characteristics of small-scale farmers.
The findings of the institutional analysis will guide the definition of an integrated IRR that efficiently reduces human and environmental exposure to pesticides. This will set the basis for policy dialogues on pesticide use and regulation in Costa Rica and Uganda.
The value of those findings relevant for practice will be enhanced through:
- Restitution workshops with study participants and the farming community at large;
- The production and distribution of informative material that will translate research findings into recommendations for concrete action; and
- Stakeholder workshops at the local and national level in the frame of the integrated assessment