Global seminar on strengthening regulations to protect pollinators from pesticides

23-24 February 2022

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The Global seminar on strengthening regulations to protect pollinators from pesticides was organized by FAO to promote a dialogue among policy makers and regulators on options to strengthen legislation to protect pollinators from pesticides, with a particular focus on low and middle income countries. Almost 700 participants from all corners of the world took part in the event, together with 21 speakers and 3 expert panels, in 2 plenary and 4 parallel sessions.

Netherlands & Ghana (2021 - ongoing)

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Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs) are of particular concern due to the severe adverse effects they can cause to human health and the environment. For that reason, their regulation and use receive particular attention from national governments and from international organizations such as FAO and WHO. HHPs have also been identified as an issue of concern by the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM).

Geneva (2018 – 2021)

PF synthesis reportThe third session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-3), in 2017, adopted a Resolution on Environment and Health. In this Resolution, the Assembly expressed its concerns about the environmental and health impacts of pesticides and fertilizers and requested the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme to present a report on those impacts – and ways to minimize them – at the fifth session of UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-5) in 2021.





Kenya (2017 – 2019)

PCPB smallThe vision of the Pest Control Products Board (PCPB) of Kenya is be a world class regulatory agency for pest control products. As such, they are continuously strengthening technical capacity and improving procedures.


Italy (2014 – ongoing)

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The FAO Pesticide Registration Toolkit is a decision support system for pesticide registrars in developing countries. The Toolkit is an interactive, web-based, pesticide registration handbook for day-to-day use by pesticide registrars.

Various countries (2013 – 2019)

locust sLarge areas are treated with insecticides against locusts in the Caucasus and Central Asia. Since 2011, FAO has been conducting a programme to strengthen locust control in this region.

Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda (2017 – 2018)

EAC countries
As part of the regional integration process, the six members states of the East African Community (EAC) are developing procedures for mutual acceptance of pesticide efficacy and residue data, elaborating regional guidelines for efficacy and residue field trials, harmonizing data requirements for registration, and adopting common approaches to reduce the risk posed by highly hazardous pesticides.

Myanmar, 2016 – 2017 & 2019 2020

Myanmar rice sAgriculture in Myanmar is increasingly intensifying, leading to an increased use of pesticides. The governments of Myanmar and of The Netherlands collaborate to improve the pesticide regulatory framework in Myanmar and bring it in line with international standards.

Tanzania (2016)

Msipazi farm NkasiThe Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) is a coordinated initiative to boost agricultural production in southern Tanzania through public and private investment, to improve food security, reduce rural poverty and sustain the environment. Falconsult and Wageningen Environmental Research conducted a scoping study of current and future pesticide use, associated risks and identification of actions for risk mitigation.

Fiji (2015 – 2017)

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Pacific Island Countries and Territories have very fragile ecosystems which are particularly sensitive to pesticide contamination. Under the technical umbrella of the Secretariat for the Pacific Community (SPC) and with support from FAO, countries in the Pacific have been discussing ways to strengthen pesticide registration through regional collaboration and harmonization.

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