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Exposing the health impacts of pesticide use in smallholder cotton farmers in Tanzania

AGENDA for Environment and Responsible Development (AGENDA) in collaboration with the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS),Tropical Pesticides Research Institute (TPRI) and Tanzania Association of Public, Occupational and Environmental Health Experts (TAPOHE) conducted a survey on the acute pesticide poisoning of cotton farmers in Meatu and Maswa districts in the Simiyu region from 8 – 18 November 2021. With support from PAN UK, the team interviewed over 1,000 farmers, to identify the pesticide application practices and related poisoning incidences i.e.common pests and diseases demanding pesticide application, safety equipment used during application, types of pesticides used, and associated incidents.

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