Community Participation for Behavior Modification of Pesticide Use among Farmers: Development, Implementation, and Evaluation

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Bunliang Suphim
Archin Songthap


          Pesticide use behavior with unsafe and inappropriate chemical substance causes both short-term and long-term adverse health effects on farmers and family members, especially children under five years and the elderly. Examples of pesticide use related problems are skin diseases, respiratory diseases, cancer, diabetes, and Parkinson's disease. This article aimed to present the importance of community participation in behavior modification of pesticide use among farmers, including information about 1) the concept of community participation in behavior modification of pesticide use, 2) the development of community participation by AIC process, 3) community roles in pesticide use behavior modification and 4) community roles in the follow-up and evaluation of behavior modification in pesticide use. To change their behaviors from unsafe and inappropriate to safe and appropriate pesticide use, farmers have to be aware of the problem and have the willingness to change. They need to work closely with community for encouragement, and support. The community must involve in this changing process starting from identifying problems, prioritizing problems, analyzing their causes, organizing and executing projects and activities, following-up, evaluating their results. Finally, the community members work together to reflect on activities or projects results, problems encountered, offering guidelines for problem-solving, and development of activities or projects for future behavior modification. This will contribute to pesticide use behavior modification among farmers to be more constructive, effective, and sustainable.


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Suphim, B. ., & Songthap, A. . (2022). Community Participation for Behavior Modification of Pesticide Use among Farmers: Development, Implementation, and Evaluation. JOURNAL OF SOUTHERN TECHNOLOGY, 15(1), 149–159. Retrieved from
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