[RRI Good Practice] Engaging the Public in Research on the Responsible Use of Pesticides in Agriculture

What is the good practice about?

The activity was to inform and educate the public and the parties involved in the agriculture sector about the responsible use of pesticides. The organisers targeted several groups in this sector (farmers, pesticide distributors, agriculture consultants, students). They started with an analysis of the current situation of the pesticide use in the country North Macedonia. Then, they worked with the target groups on the distinction of the terms "proper" and "responsible" use of pesticides. Finally, they have developed and printed an info-flyer where they put the obligations and duties of the different groups for responsible use of pesticides in a graphically pleasing way.

Why is this initiative needed?

The organisers are aware that the traditions in the agriculture production are difficult to change overnight, but they have made a significant progress in the process of informing and training of several groups in this area. New ways of disseminating science and this particular information have already an impact on the work in the agriculture sector in North Macedonia and will contribute to the good agriculture practice in the future.

What are the main objectives and activities?

The biggest issue is the quantity of pesticides that are imported in the last several years in North Macedonia. Besides their quantity, their origin and quality are also an issue. The scientists decided to not take the huge efforts to overlook the origin and traceability of the pesticides, but proposed a solution to work with the end users of the pesticides and their associates as well as the general public.

Who is involved?

The main beneficiaries were the farmers and the pesticide distributors. The scientists involved were from University "Ss. Cyril and Methodius", North Macedonia.

Can this good practice be replicated?

As the traditions in agriculture in the region of the Western Balkans are similar, this good practice is applicable in all the economies in this region. The main need for any replication is a good on-field team, translation of the training and info materials and involvement of the target groups. Thus, to replicate this good practice, resources are needed for implementation expenses for the on-field team, translation and printing expenses of the materials, as well as for the expenses for training and meeting premises. Considering the timetable for finishing the planned activities, the organisers suggest that 8-12 months are a good time frame. The materials are available on demand and can be distributed by e-mail.

Relevant RRI keys: Public Engagement (for R&I), Science Education

Type of practice: Promotional activities/events/campaigns, Publications/promotional material, Lobbying/advocacy/representation, Good governance, Promotion of cultural change, e.g. better management of professional and personal life, improved culture to accept failure

Target groups: researchers (starting from PhD-candidates, on the individual level), universities, research performing organisations, innovators in the business sector, students (up to Master level), the general public, person on the stree

Republic of North Macedonia
Geographical focus
  • General/no specific focus
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Cross-thematic/Interdisciplinary

Entry created by POLICY ANSWERS Project support on January 11, 2023
Modified on January 11, 2023