Since the introduction of industrial agricultural practices, application of artificial fertilisers and agro-chemicals has multiplied to extreme levels that have significant implications for biodiversity, soil and water quality and health. Chemical fertilisers and pesticides may have long-term adverse impact on flora and fauna while threatening in many cases health of farmers and field workers and their families.
Impacts of widespread use of chemicals and fertilisers has led to increasing concerns with respect to biodiversity, soil life, water quality and health. In 2015, Sustainable Developing Goals (SDG 12 and SDG 15) were formulated to emphasise the need to improve safe, healthy and sustainable food production and land management.
Dasht is contributing to the promotion of safe, healthy and sustainable food production by means of informing smallholder farmers in villages in Tajikistan and Iran.
Farmers are provided with training materials and examples of safe, organic farming practices, helping them to improve their awareness and agricultural skills to realise stable, and sustainable food production with healthy working conditions and a sustainable environment.