Information, motivation and resources: the missing elements in agricultural pesticide policy implementation in Ethiopia

B.T. Mengistie*, A.P.J. Mol, P. Oosterveer, B. Simane

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Abstract

To promote pesticide governance that protects the environment and human health, Ethiopia has developed a legal framework for pesticide registration and control. However, in Ethiopia, pesticides are still registered, traded and used inappropriately. This research analyses how Ethiopia's pesticide policy is implemented and identifies the barriers for an effective implementation of this policy. With a theoretical framework based on the information, motivations and resources of relevant actors, data are collected from state pesticide experts, traders and end users (farmers) through in-depth interviews. The overall result reveals that major gaps exist between pesticides policy on paper and its implementation in practice. The key policy actors scored low on each of the three characteristics: they have poor information available, have low motivation to implement policies and lack sufficient resources. Involvement of and collaboration with private actors is likely to improve the implementation of pesticide governance, and contribute to sustainability in agricultural and food systems in Ethiopia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)240-256
JournalInternational Journal of Agricultural Sustainability
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Ethiopia
  • inspection
  • pesticides
  • policy implementation
  • registration
  • state actors

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