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This manual seeks to reduce exposure to pesticides thanks to effective personal protection, with special attention to the use of Personal Protective Equipment. In addition to providing technical information on personal protection and on the selection and use of relevant equipment, it addresses underlying policy issues. Typically, over 40 percent of the population in low and middle-income countries works in agriculture. Poverty, limited education and literacy, distances, poor access to medical assistance and ineffective extension systems are among the factors that affect the feasibility of reaching all farmers with the training they need. Furthermore, these countries tend to have lower institutional capacity to enforce pesticide legislation, including compliance with safety instructions on labels, such as the wearing of Personal Protective Equipment. These guidelines are primarily aimed towards government authorities in charge of pesticide management and risk reduction, but will also be useful for a range of public and private actors, including the pesticide industry and non-governmental organizations.
About the Author
Founded in 1945, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO provides a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. The Organization publishes authoritative publications on agriculture, fisheries, forestry and nutrition.