​Excessive use of pesticides: Senegal in danger

​Excessive use of pesticides: Senegal in danger
​Excessive use of pesticides: Senegal in danger

An NGO under Senegalese law engaged for 40 years in action research for the development of alternatives to pesticides and the promotion of agroecology, warns of the excessive use of pesticides in Senegal. Already the use causes several negative impacts on the environment, human health and biodiversity such as contamination of soils, groundwater and waterways, affecting water quality and the health of populations.

Given its damage, the NGO intends to organize, Tuesday at the Confucius Institute of Dakar of Ucad II, a launch day of the Pesticide Atlas/Senegal. This activity will bring together a diversity of actors (academics, NGOs, local authorities, farmers’ organizations, journalists, etc.) with the aim of providing information on the impact of pesticides in Senegal and alternatives in favor of sustainable food systems.

“It is about sparking a constructive debate and encouraging more sustainable agricultural practices, concerned with human health and the environment. The launch will be marked by a presentation of viable 360° alternative solutions to pesticides, a photo exhibition and a fair on healthy and sustainable products…”, we read in the press release sent to PressAfrik.

According to the press release, “in Senegal, intensive agriculture is favored to guarantee food security in the face of the growing challenges that the country faces, particularly in terms of public health and the environment, but also in terms of sovereignty due to strong dependence on imports. Unfortunately, the use of pesticides in agriculture has grown considerably with negative impacts on the environment, human and animal health.”

Faced with this situation, it becomes urgent for the Heinrich BÖII Senegal Foundation, Enda Pronat and all civil society organizations to take action to inform the general public, especially decision-makers, about the dangers linked to the use of pesticides. in agriculture. Likewise, civil society organizations must also play an important role in the adoption of ecologically sustainable food systems. Thus, as an organization that promises a form of sustainable development that protects the environment and defends human rights throughout the world, the Heinrich Böll Foundation publishes a series of Atlases on a set of themes such as the Atlas of ‘Ocean, the Atlas of meat, the Atlas of soils, plastic, etc.

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