The issue of pesticide use in agriculture farming is a serious but often an ignored public health agenda. Health problems associated with pesticide are suicide attempt, mass poisoning from contaminated food, unintended accidents and injuries leading to deaths. Pesticide is also linked to several acute and chronic health problems, more noticeable in developing countries including Nepal. This project has a unique feature to combine agriculture and health aspects for healthy farm and healthy food. It has adopted ‘Participatory Development and Multisectoral Approaches’ to all its work activities.
The project is built around the core spirit of ‘Pesticide Minimization Movement’. It aims to engage, empower and mobilize diverse groups and sectors to create a mass movement to advocate ensuring our right to pesticide free foods. To realize this vision, we encourage local farmers to adopt alternative and safe approaches to chemical pesticides through skill based training, onsite coaching and equipment support under the concept of Farmers’ Field School. We also work with health workers including Female Community Health volunteers (FCHVs) to enhance their capacity to prevent and manage pesticide poisoning cases in the community.
Furthermore, various groups like school teachers, students and mother groups are encouraged and mobilized for larger community sensitization. In addition, we advocate on the issue at local, provincial and national levels through sensitization workshops, debates, conferences and publications.
Through this digital platform, the project intends to share its experiences and resources with broader audience and beneficiaries, particularly those organizations and institutes advocating for pesticide free foods.
NPHF, FHEN project is supported by Danish Civil Society Organizations DASAM/Dialogos and funded by the Civil Society in Development (CISU).
Objectives of FHEN project
- To prevent occupational pesticide poisonings among farmers, pesticide spray workers and pesticide retailers by strengthening their knowledge, attitude and practice about alternatives to chemical pesticides and safety measures while handling it.
- To prevent pesticide poisonings including those due to self-harm and accidents by increasing awareness in the communities and among health workers about its prevention and management.
- To conduct evidence based advocacy for ‘pesticide free foods’ and for the inclusion of issue to be addressed by health sector through the dissemination of project studies, experiences and successful strategies at various levels of government.