Decreasing pesticide use for sustainable fruit processing in Ghana

the Development Institute
Published: 17 September 2020
Last edited: 17 September 2020
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Summary

Kingdom Fruits, a Ghanaian fruit processing company, had been using an unhealthy amount of pesticide on its fields for weed control. The Development Institute, a Ghanaian NGO, engaged with them to reduce their pesticide use. The NGO also interacted with its labourers on several occasions to inform them of the dangerous effects of pesticide application, especially when users are not properly clothed. Now they only use pesticides when mango trees are young and no longer use them on the fruits. The Development Institute advised the company on alternatives, such as using live mulching instead, which they have now adopted. In addition, the NGO has set up a WhatsApp group in which businesses in their target landscape can exchange technical knowledge specifically on best agronomic practices, organic pesticide, as well as information on the costs of planting material and other products.

Classifications

Region
West and Central Africa
Scale of implementation
Local
Ecosystem
Agro-ecosystem
Orchard
Theme
Agriculture
Biodiversity mainstreaming
Outreach & communications
Sustainable livelihoods
Challenges
Pollution (incl. eutrophication and litter)
Lack of technical capacity
Sustainable development goals
SDG 8 – Decent work and economic growth
SDG 12 – Responsible consumption and production
SDG 17 – Partnerships for the goals
Aichi targets
Target 1: Awareness of biodiversity increased
Target 4: Sustainable production and consumption
Target 7: Sustainable agriculture, aquaculture and forestry
Target 8: Pollution reduced
Target 19: Sharing information and knowledge
Business engagement approach
Direct engagement with a company

Location

Ghana

Impacts

With this successful engagement, the fruit processing company was able to transform their practices to make them more sustainable; engaging the workers ensured ownership, substantial and concrete change. The WhatsApp group also allows information to flow between the different business and for them to share and learn best practices. Companies see also that other businesses in the landscape are changing, which motivates them to do so to stay competitive. In addition, the positive impact on nature is enhanced as many companies change their practices.

Contributed by

Ken Kinney The Development Institute