Pesticide-related illness costs Africa $90bn

The potential cost of pesticide-related illnesses in sub-Saharan African between 2005 and 2020 could reach $90bn (£56bn), reports The Guardian.

The astonishing figure are contained in a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Harmful Substances and Hazardous Waste estimates that the  cost of pesticide poisoning exceeds the total amount of international aid for basic health services for the region – excluding HIV/Aids.