Trends in West African Pesticide Markets


October 3, 2017 - <> and Amadou Diarra

Steven Haggblade and Amadou Diarra. October 2017. Trends in West African Pesticide Markets. Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy Research Brief 49. East Lansing: Michigan State University


  • Pesticide markets have grown rapidly in West Africa over the past decade and a half.
  • Falling world pesticide prices, together with increasing domestic farm labor constraints and associated pressures to intensify agricultural production, have fueled farmer interest in increasing input use, particularly of herbicides.
  • Regulatory capacity has not kept pace with the rapid proliferation of pesticide products, markets and traders.
  • As a result, pesticide market growth has led to three emerging regulatory issues:                                                                                                             1. Appearance of unregistered and counterfeit products in some markets.
       2. Uncertainty about pesticide product quality.
       3. Health and environmental impact, which remains largely unmonitored.



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