Poverty and health are inextricably linked as the poor are always the first to suffer from degraded soil, water, and environment. For poor farmers in developing countries, inappropriate use of pesticides is known to be a serious problem.

The agricultural sectors of developing Asian countries are
experiencing two important new developments: the growth of
organic agriculture (OA) and the increasing use of land to grow
energy crops (biofuels). This policy brief summarizes the pros and cons of OA and biofuel and makes policy recommendations based
on a detailed investigation for Cambodia and the Lao People