The research carried out by the World Bank in the summer of 2003 used structured questionnaires to collect information on pesticide use and practices, risk perceptions, knowledge, precautions and damage averting behaviour, and health effects from 1,078 farmers (175 owners, 132 applicators & 771 owner+applicator), randomly selected. The survey was designed and supervised by the World Bank team and conducted by the Development Policy Group in Bangladesh. The survey, by design, focused on major pesticide intensive crops such as Boro (winter rice), potato, bean, eggplant, cabbage, sugarcane and mango. To provide greater depth, 68 randomly-selected farmers who currently use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) were also interviewed. The sample was geographically stratified among 11 districts of Bangladesh as: Bogra, Chapainawabganj, Rajshahi, and Rangpur districts in the Rajshahi division (Northwest); Chittagong and Comilla in the Chittagong division (East); Jessore in the Khulna division (West); and Kishoreganj, Munshiganj, Narsingdi, and Mymensingh in the Dhaka division.
To minimize reporting bias, the survey was implemented under the agreement that the team would not reveal the identity of the farms surveyed or the respondents who participated.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
The scope of the Bangladesh Pesticide Use Survey 2003 includes area, pesticide application, health, and environment.
Agriculture & Rural Development
Land (policy, resource management)
Producers and sponsors
The World Bank
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
The questionnaire for the Bangladesh Pesticide Use Survey 2003 includes the following sections:
Section 1: Area and property information
Section 2: Personal general information of respondents
Section 3: Owner/manager/lessee (non-applicator) - Application, Knowledge, Protection, Interval, Social feedback, Health, Environment
Section 4: Applicator - Application, Knowledge, Protection, Interval, Social feedback, Health, Environment
Section 5: Owner/manager/lessee & applicator - Application, Knowledge, Protection, Interval, Social feedback, Health, Environment
Section 6: Interviewer debriefing
The questionnaire is provided as external resources.
Use of the dataset must be acknowledged using a citation which would include:
- the Identification of the Primary Investigator
- the title of the survey (including acronym and year of implementation)
- the survey reference number
- the source and date of download
Susmita Dasgupta, The World Bank. Bangladesh Pesticide Use (BPU) 2003. Ref. BGD_2003_BPU_v01_M. Dataset downloaded from www.microdata.worldbank.org on [date].
Disclaimer and copyrights
The user of the data acknowledges that the original collector of the data, the authorized distributor of the data, and the relevant funding agency bear no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses