Pesticides, rice productivity, and farmers' health: An economic assessment
Rola, Agnes C.
Pingali, P. L.
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This book describes a framework for assessing pest management technologies. The authors analyze the effects of pesticides on production and the long-term health of individuals working with pesticides. When including consideration of health effects in a cost-benefit analysis, pesticides yielded a net negative cost. This book also explores integrated pest management (IPM) strategies in the Philippines, including constraints and regulatory policies. Sustainable and successful IPM programs require proper licensing, pricing policies, and community participation to be effective. With adequate research and extension services, sustainable pest management techniques can improve the livelihoods of farmers by reducing the negative health effects on humans and increasing crop productivity.