Flagship Program Leader for Enabling Impact, World Vegetable Center
Special Interest Group on Vegetables & Ornamentals
Status Of Seed Legislation And Policies In The Asia-Pacific Region
Asian farmers are using large and increasing amounts of chemical pesticides, particularly on high-value crops such as vegetables and ornamentals. This creates health risks to farm workers and consumers, damages the environment, and affects farm profits. Many farmers spray preemptively and estimates for Southeast Asia show that about 80% of pesticide use is in excess of what is actually needed. There is a clear need to invest in the development and promotion of safer pest management methods for farmers. Markets also need to better differentiate products based on food safety attributes and some countries have made progress introducing quality standards such as Good Agricultural Practices (GAP).
Pepijn Schreinemachers is Flagship Program Leader for Enabling Impact at the World Vegetable Center and based in Bangkok, Thailand. He coordinates the work of the Center with regard to scaling approaches, monitoring tools, knowledge management, and impact evaluation. Pepijn holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the Center for Development Research (ZEF), Germany and a MSc in Development Studies from Wageningen University, the Netherlands.