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Control of vegetable pests in Benin - Farmers' preferences for eco-friendly nets as an alternative to insecticides

Vidogbena, Faustin, Adegbidi, Anselme, Tossou, Rigobert, Assogba-Komlan, Francoise, Ngouajio, Mathieu, Martin, Thibaut, Simon, Serge, Parrot, Laurent and Zander, Kerstin K. (2015). Control of vegetable pests in Benin - Farmers' preferences for eco-friendly nets as an alternative to insecticides. Journal of Environmental Management,147:95-107.

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Title Control of vegetable pests in Benin - Farmers' preferences for eco-friendly nets as an alternative to insecticides
Author Vidogbena, Faustin
Adegbidi, Anselme
Tossou, Rigobert
Assogba-Komlan, Francoise
Ngouajio, Mathieu
Martin, Thibaut
Simon, Serge
Parrot, Laurent
Zander, Kerstin K.
Journal Name Journal of Environmental Management
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 147
ISSN 1095-8630   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84907458979
Start Page 95
End Page 107
Total Pages 13
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Academic Press
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract We investigated if eco-friendly nets (EFNs) are a viable and acceptable alternative to extremely high levels of insecticide use in vegetable production. Using a choice experiment, we found that vegetable producing farmers in Benin preferred all of the characteristics of EFNs except the higher labor requirements. The nets had been distributed in a trial phase for free but in the long run farmers would need to purchase the EFNs. The break-even point for investing in nets was found to vary with the lifespan of EFNs, their purchase price and potential health benefits from avoiding large quantities of insecticides. To break even the nets need to be used for at least two production cycles. To overcome risk-averse farmer's reluctance to adopt EFNs we propose a credit and warranty scheme along with the purchase of the nets. The study's findings can guide the implementation of EFNs in other African countries as part of integrated pest management with global benefits for the environment and human health.

Keywords Benefit-cost analysis
Choice experiment
Integrated pest management
Pesticides
Insect net
Stated preference
Urban agriculture
West Africa
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2014.09.010   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
Additional Notes Accepted manuscript pages 1-44.


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