In Ethiopia, there are a number of tested means that support the process of phasing out the use of highly hazardous pesticides by replacing them with ecology-based crop production systems. With the involvement of different civil society organizations and support from the government extension systems, the ecological farming initiative is building momentum. There are a number of best practices and success stories in reducing and avoiding the use of toxic chemicals by replacing them with alternatives. Read about them in this report prepared by Pesticide Action Nexus Association.
As of 2010, 65% of Zambia's population was engaged in agriculture. 96% of this farming population is represented by small scale farmers and 4% by commercial farmers. Agriculture has been identified as the number one key driver of the economy. Unfortunately, though highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) are used within the agriculture sector, there is currently no official data on the volume of HHPs used. This report explores this point and others in a quest to get an overall picture of the use of HHPs and alternatives in Zambia.