Online Event
September 12-13, 2022 | Online Event
FAT 2018

Impact of herbicide use on the socio-economic conditions of the population and the environment

Joseph Ipou Ipou, Speaker at Food Science Conference
Universite Felix Houphouet-Boigny, Cote d'Ivoire
Title : Impact of herbicide use on the socio-economic conditions of the population and the environment


I n Côte d’Ivoire, the use of chemical herbicides tends to be widespread throughout the country and in all cultures. A survey of the users of these products revealed that their use has certain socio-economic and agricultural advantages. At the social level, Côte d’Ivoire experienced an increase in the school enrollment rate of children who left the fields for classes. At the economic level, it has been noted a reduction in the cost of production of agricultural products resulting in an increase in the profit of producers. On the agricultural side, the areas planted and yields have increased, conversely, the number of plots abandoned under the pressure of weeds has decreased. The introduction of herbicides in agricultural technical routes also has negative aspects. The low level of literacy of producers does not allow the efficient use of these products. Failure to adhere to recommended doses is common practice. Herbicide accidents are often noted. Several cases of intoxication of the populations were noted. In addition, the limiting measures of environmental and biodiversity impacts are almost non-existent. Actions at the state level to limit the risks associated with the use of herbicides are therefore highly recommended.


Joseph Ipou Ipou is Professor of weed science at the University Felix Houphouet-Boigny of Ivory Coast. He has done several works in the field of weed control. Its main results have been promoted through publications and communications in national and international symposium. He has participated in the implementation and execution of several research projects in his discipline and in other field of botany. He is currently a consultant to the Ivorian Ministry of Agriculture about the problems of phytosanitary products in general but especially for the evaluation of the biological efficiency and the selectivity of herbicides.