Awareness campaign on the danger of POPs and other pesticides to human health and environment through action research activity by a rural community.
The activity was a multi-step awareness-raising campaign for farmers, NGOs, local government officials and communities. The first step involved preparation meetings with farmers and local government offices to introduce POPs and the IPEP project. The next step was a curriculum development workshop of action research, which included topics such as pesticides and POPs, pesticide poisoning signs and symptoms, data collection, data analysis and implementation of the action research. Community groups, consisting mostly of farmers, were then trained on action research. In the fourth step, trained farmers conducted the research in Jatimakmur Village. The research activities focused on farmer's behavior and practices, pesticide poisoning signs and symptoms, survey on pesticide kiosks, and human health issues. In the final step, seminars on pesticide hazards (including POPs), and ecologically based agriculture were conducted on the village and district level.
Report: Awareness campaign on the danger of POPs and other pesticides to human health and environment through action research activity by a rural community
Preparation meetings with farmers and local government officials
Curriculum development and workshop
Three-day training workshop
Action research conducted by farmers over a three-month period
Increased farmer awareness