While institutional advice and regulations exists in both Laos and Vietnam, little has been documented about compliance and what drives agrichemical use in different production systems and contexts.
This project aims to document both the current policies and the frameworks that are in place across the different nations. It also aims to answer the questions of what influences farmers to use agrichemicals, and why. The project examined drivers, influences and attitudes towards agrichemicals.
Dr Lucy Carter, Senior Research Scientist at CSIRO, and the project leader, explains: ‘If we can understand how farmers balance risks, production pressure and family wellbeing, we can start to think about how to maximise incentives and support for safe practice around agrichemical use.’
The project brings together researchers from Laos (National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute, National University of Laos), Vietnam (Plant Protection Research Institute, National University of Agriculture, National Institute of Medicinal Materials) and Australia (CSIRO). They will gather data to inform the development of safer and more efficient agrichemical practices.
Researchers have conducted literature reviews on farmer use of agrichemicals in Laos and Vietnam. They identified current policies, regulations and conceptual frameworks, relevant institutions as well as patterns, practices and drivers of agrichemical use.
The project is laying the foundation for understanding how farmers use agrichemicals so that environmentally safe and healthy use of chemical inputs in agriculture can be ensured in the future.
Dr Clemens Grünbühel
Research Program Manager for Social Systems at ACIAR.