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Pictogrammes et utilisation des pesticides en Afrique

Abstract : Pesticides for agricultural use claim many human lives worldwide each year and have an undesirable impact on the environment. Aware of the dangers posed by products designed to protect crops against pests, the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) and pesticide manufacturers (chemical companies) have designed a set of pictograms that must be displayed on the packaging of the products in question. These "symbols that convey a message without text" would be particularly well suited to communicating with non-literate people. They are intended to warn users of products of the risks they run or are likely to cause to the environment. A survey carried out in North Cameroon, with a sample of 203 people belonging to about twenty ethnic groups, showed the risks of using the currently recommended pictograms indiscriminately. Indeed, these are neither universally interpretable nor absolutely unambiguous. The pictogram should be adapted to each geo-cultural area and should only be considered as a reminder signal.
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Henry Tourneux. Pictogrammes et utilisation des pesticides en Afrique. Nicole Vernazza-Licht, Marc-Eric Gruénais, Daniel Bley. Sociétés, environnement, santé, IRD Editions, pp.171-185, 2010, Objectifs Suds. ⟨halshs-00530901⟩



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