The study is being conducted in two districts of Andhra Pradesh, India: Kurnool District and Visakhapatnam District. The study aims to determine if an AP government implemented agroecology programme reduces pesticide exposure and improves dietary diversity in agricultural households.
The primary outcomes studied will be (1) pesticide exposure, (2) dietary diversity, (3) household income, and (3) crop yield.
Secondary outcomes will be adult glycemia, adult kidney function, adult self-reported symptoms (musculoskeletal pain, headache, respiratory symptoms, dermatological symptoms, and depression), and, in children, growth and cognitive development..
RySS clusters will be the unit of randomisation; intervention households will receive training in APCNF practices immediately following baseline and control households will receive the same training after 24 months.
Dr. Poornima Prabhakaran (Co-principal investigator), Director, Centre for Health Analytics Research and Trends, Trivedi School of Biosciences, Ashoka University and Dr. Lindsay Jaacks (principal investigator), UKRI Future Leaders Fellow, University of Edinburgh are leading the BLOOM study.
To know more about the study, you can visit the BLOOM study web page on the University of Edinburgh website: https://edin.ac/bloom