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Pure Appl. Chem. Vol. 73, No. 7, pp. 1147-1155 (2001)

Pure and Applied Chemistry

Vol. 73, Issue 7


Use and distribution of organochlorine pesticides. The future in Africa*

Shem O. Wandiga

Kenya National Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 39450, Nairobi, Kenya

Abstract: Pesticides have been used in the continent for about eight decades. Major use has been in agriculture, livestock development, and disease vectors control. Recent international conventions have been made with little scientific data and information on the tropical situation. Rapid development of resistance to pesticides demands better scientific understanding of pest management. Tropical research data on organochlorine pesticides show rapid degradation pattern, low residue levels, and widespread distribution. Given the above, there is a need to factor into consideration tropical climatological calamities in any future pesticide policy. Continued use of pesticides is anticipated in the tropics.

*Lecture presented at the 8th International Chemistry Conference in Africa (8th ICCA), 30 July-4 August 2001, Dakar, Sénégal. Other presentations are published in this issue, pp. 1147-1223.

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