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Bangladesh: Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Authors:Susmita Dasgupta  and Craig M. Meisner
Non-Bank Author:David Wheeler
Topics:Environment
Report Number:WPS3417
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Survey Data

The research of Integrated Pest Management in Bangladesh was carried out by the World Bank in the summer of 2003. Structured questionnaires were used to collect information on conventional and IPM farming techniques, pesticide use and practices, applicator precautions and damage-averting behavior, health effects and environmental impacts. The survey was designed and supervised by the World Bank team, and conducted by the Development Policy Group in Bangladesh. To minimize reporting bias, the survey was conducted under the agreement that the team would not reveal the identity of the farmers surveyed or the respondents who participated. To provide greater depth, 126 randomly selected rice farmers (102 land owners + 24 land owners cum field workers), who currently use IPM were also interviewed. An IPM farmer is identified as practicing any of the following methods: organic production; biological control; smoke; light traps; rotation of crops; manual clearing; and enemy plants to control pest attacks. Conventional farmers use none of these methods.

IPM farmers in districts with significant IPM participation were surveyed: Rajshahi and Rangpur in the Rajshahi division (Northwest), Comilla in Chittagong division (East), Jessore in Khulna division (West), and Kishoreganj in Dhaka division (North).

The Excel Workbooks have been divided into Worksheets to match the major sections of the Questionnaire. The sections/parts have been color coded for convenience.

Columns in the data sheets containing questions, which did not receive any response, have been filled with the color grey.

Description of variables
in Pesticide Log (‘Bangladesh IPM-Pesticide Log-Owner’ & ‘Bangladesh IPM-Pesticide Log-Owner & Worker’) not included in the survey:

  • LD50 = “Lethal Dose”: The amount given all at once which causes the death of 50% of a group of test animals.
  • LC50 = “Lethal Concentration”: Concentration of the chemical that kills 50% of the test animals in a given time (usually four hours).
  • EIQ Total = {C[(DT*5)+(DT*P)]+[(C*((S=P)/2)*SY)+(L)]+[(F*R)+(D*((S+P)/2)*3)+(Z*P*3)+(B*P*5)]}/3
  • DT = dermal toxicity, C = chronic toxicity, SY = systemicity, F = fish toxicity, L = leaching potential, R = surface loss potential, D = bird toxicity, S = soil half-life, Z = bee toxicity, B = beneficial arthropod toxicity, P = plant surface half-life.
  • Farm worker = Farm worker risk: applicator exposure (DT*5) plus picker exposure (DT*P) times the long-term health effect or chronic toxicity (C).
  • Consumer = Consumer exposure potential: (C*((S+P)/2)*SY).
  • Leaching = Potential ground water effect.
  • Ecology = Ecological: aquatic and terrestrial effects = The effects of the chemicals on fish (F*R), birds (D*((S+P)/2)*3), bees (Z*P*3), and beneficial arthropods (B*P*5).
Access to Dataset
  • Owner and Worker log (MS Excel file, 103kb)


  • Owner Only log (MS Excel file, 32kb)


  • Owner and Worker data only (MS Excel file, 266kb)


  • IPM Questionnaire (pdf file,106kb)


  • Owner Only data (MS Excel file, 93kb)





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