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A Toxics-Free Future


Public awareness among farmers

Awareness generation on POPs among the farming community in Andhra Pradesh.

This report documents the efforts of ACTION, along with other NGOs, including Training of Trainers (TOT), in creating awareness among the farmers on pesticides and POPs and their effects on environment and human health in Andhra Pradesh. A core group of trainers was formed and made responsible for holding workshops at the community level. Two-day workshops were organized at 11 locations across five districts, namely East Godavari, Prakasam, Guntur, Nellore and Visakhapatnam. Through the activity, the capacities of eight participating NGOs had been strengthened to address POPs issues. Workshops were attended by an average of 50 participants each and covered POPs and pesticides, their impacts on health and environment, and available alternatives to reduce threats, and they reached more than 600 farmers. Thousands more are expected to benefit from the workshops indirectly through community sharing.

Workshops on effects of POPs reached audience of 600 farmers and possibly thousands more
Awareness raised and trainers trained to continue momentum of POPs campaign

Association for Rural and Tribal Development (ACTION)