Smallholders and pesticide issues in fresh fruit and vegetable supply chains, with a focus on Senegal

This case study reports findings from survey, workshop and focus group activities with smallholder horticulture growers in Senegal as part of the Food & Fairness project conducted by PAN UK and PAN Africa during May 2005-Jan.2008. It starts by pulling together some recent findings from desk research on African small-scale farmers (SSF) involved in export horticulture, examining the importance of horticulture for livelihoods and noting some key issues in relation to export market requirements and SSF participation in export supply chains. Rather than covering these issues in general, which have been discussed in the growing academic and donor project literatures, this study takes a closer look at pesticide and pest management issues, including the impacts of EU pesticide regulations and private voluntary market requirements, especially GlobalGAP.