Relationship between Pesticide Usage and Bee Population Decline in Kenya

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  • John Mwangi

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https://doi.org/10.47672/aja.1756
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Keywords:

Pesticide, Bee, Population

Abstract

Purpose: The aim of the study was to investigate the relationship between pesticide usage and bee population decline in Kenya.

Methodology: This study adopted a desk methodology. A desk study research design is commonly known as secondary data collection. This is basically collecting data from existing resources preferably because of its low cost advantage as compared to a field research. Our current study looked into already published studies and reports as the data was easily accessed through online journals and libraries.

Findings: Research in Kenya indicates a significant correlation between pesticide usage, particularly neonicotinoids and pyrethroids, and declining bee populations. These pesticides negatively affect bee health, foraging, and reproduction. This poses concerns for agriculture and food security. Sustainable agricultural practices and regulatory measures are needed to protect bee populations and pollination services in Kenya.

Implications to Theory, Practice and Policy:  Ecotoxicology theory, population dynamics theory and risk assessment theory may be use to anchor future studies on the relationship between pesticide usage and bee population decline in Kenya. Encourage the adoption of sustainable farming practices, including Integrated Pest Management (IPM), which can reduce pesticide usage while maintaining crop yields. Advocate for stricter regulations on pesticide usage, particularly neonicotinoids, and support the implementation of bans or restrictions in regions where the risks to bee populations are substantiated.

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2024-02-03