Adewunmi Bodede’s thesis is entitled ‘An assessment of the impact of pesticide use by urban and peri-urban cultivators in Ibadan, south-western Nigeria. She is supervised by Dr Kenny Lynch and Julia Webb from the Department of Natural and Social Sciences and Dr. Julie Ingram from the CCRI. Findings from her research Farmers showed farmers’ awareness of the deleterious effects of pesticide use despite continued use mainly as a precautionary strategy. Qualitative analysis, based on themes identified in quantitative studies showed farmers wilfully ignore impacts of pesticide on the environment and their health with little understanding of the long-term impacts on their livelihoods. The study provided new insights into farmers’ limited knowledge on long-term impacts of pesticide use on the three dimensions of sustainable development as farmers trade good agricultural practice, knowledge and awareness for livelihood and economic considerations.
Her research provides evident need for policy redress in Nigeria, especially in education of farmers regarding pesticides as a last resort in their agricultural production. Also, a resuscitation of the country’s extant law on pesticide monitoring and enforcement should be encouraged.