Social Systems

Understanding agrichemical use in SE Asian agriculture

Project code
AUD 199,679
Research program manager
Dr Clemens Grünbühel
Project leader
Lucy Carter, CSIRO
OCT 2020
MAR 2022
Project status
Legally committed/Active
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This project aims to develop an understanding of agrichemcial use in Laos and Vietnam, through cross-country comparison of institutions and practices influencing agricultural chemical use.

It is envisaged that the project will contribute a baseline understanding of chemical use to inform pathways to safer, more effective and efficient use of agrichemicals for future ACIAR research.

The use of agrichemicals for controlling pests, disease, and weed infestation, and encouraging plant growth has been an important tool to increase agricultural yields, and a necessary contributor to food and nutrition security. However, off-label use of agrichemicals can have significant impacts on human and environmental health.  

This project proposes a human-centred approach to understand the interplay between agrichemical use, institutional and regulatory frameworks that are intended to safeguard against off-label use, and the formal and informal networks for acces to chemicals, information, and training. It will explore current patterns of agrichemical use in agriculture in different production systems, cultures and regulatory environments (Laos and Vietnam), as a baseline to identify potential pathways for safer, more effective and efficient use of agrichemicals.  This project will deliver an in-depth understanding of how farmers use agrichemicals as a foundation for future ACIAR research.p

Expected project outcomes

  • Assessing available frameworks (including OneHealth) to guide an integrated, systems-based understanding of agrichemical use within a broader social and environmental context.
  • Providing a detailed understanding of farmer practices relating to agricultural chemical use through a number of case studies in Laos and Vietnam.
  • Developing relationships with government and non-government stakeholders as a foundation for future change processes.