Pesticide-handling practices: the case of coffee growers in Papua New Guinea

Zapata Diomedi, Belen and Nauges, Celine (2016) Pesticide-handling practices: the case of coffee growers in Papua New Guinea. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 60 1: 112-129. doi:10.1111/1467-8489.12106


Author Zapata Diomedi, Belen
Nauges, Celine
Title Pesticide-handling practices: the case of coffee growers in Papua New Guinea
Journal name Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1364-985X
1467-8489
Publication date 2016-01-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/1467-8489.12106
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 60
Issue 1
Start page 112
End page 129
Total pages 8
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Language eng
Abstract Pesticide mismanagement potentially has high risks for farmers, households living in the community and the environment. In Papua New Guinea where farming is the primary occupation, there is evidence of dangerous herbicide application methods being used by coffee growers. Using original survey data for coffee smallholders from four provinces, we assess the factors driving farmers' use of personal protective equipment when preparing and applying herbicides, and farmers' disposal of agro-chemical containers. We control for households' demographic variables and measure the impact of farmers' training in pest and disease management. We use the special regressor method to estimate binary choice models featuring an endogenous binary regressor (training). Our results show that human capital (education) and training are important drivers of farmers' pesticide-handling practices, with marginal effects estimated at 10 and 22 per cent, respectively.
Keyword Farmers' practices
Papua New Guinea
Pesticides
Special regressor
Training
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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