SAN leads the development of an App to reduce the use of highly toxic pesticides


The Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) is leading a project to develop a mobile App specially designed to support a significant reduction of the use of highly toxic pesticides and their related risks. In its first stage it will be available for Brazil, Colombia, India, Mexico and South Africa.

This project combines technology and scientific knowledge to create an effective and easy-to-use tool for decision makers of farms, golf fields and forest plantations in terms of pest management and pesticide use.

The App will be developed in English, Spanish and Portuguese and will be tested in Brazil, Colombia, México, India and South Africa among users that are working with IPM Coalition members (

The project, financed by the ISEAL Innovations Fund, will be implemented between February 2018 and February 2019 with the scientific support of the Oregon State University’s Integrated Plant Protection Center (OSU-IPPC) and in collaboration with the members of the IPM Coalition: BCI, Bonsucro, Fairtrade, FSC, GEO Foundation, Global Coffee Platform, RSB, UTZ and the SAN member organizations in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico.

The “Which Pesticide?”- App is a product whose goal is to support a significant reduction of pesticide use and risks, because experience of OSU-IPPC, SAN and the IPM coalition has shown that pests affecting crops, grasses and trees are rarely controlled with the least toxic chemical options or based on integrated pest management principles.

Around the world, the use of highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) is common because pesticide users - usually living or working in rural areas with no internet access - are rarely informed about pesticides’ toxicity from independent sources in a comprehensive way.

Pesticide users often receive pest control information from agrochemical companies only, and are rarely aware of less toxic pest control alternatives. SAN, OSU-IPPC and the IPM Coalition want to contribute to changing this unfortunate situation.

Harness technology via an APP readable by smartphones and computers for improved access to toxicity information, standards’ restriction status and available registered less toxic alternatives to harmful pesticides is a key element for enabling pest control with less negative environmental and human impact.

You can download the brochure about this project here.