Established in 1958, The Agrochemicals Association of Kenya (AAK) is the umbrella organisation in Kenya for manufacturers, formulators, repackers, importers, consultants, distributors, farmers and users of pest control products (pesticides) in Kenya.
AAK is also known as Croplife Kenya by virtue of being national representative of the International Agrochem Industry represented worldwide by CropLife International.
To be a leader in pest control products’ stewardship.
To facilitate responsible management of pest control solutions for improved agricultural production, public health and environmental protection.
AAK’s niche is in pest control stewardship. We are the representative of the pesticide industry in Kenya. We contribute to improvements in pest control products’ quality, responsible use and disposal.
We believe that pest control products, when properly managed, have great potential for improved agricultural production and ecosystem protection. These in turn have immense positive effects on household health, food and nutrition security, all of which are key prerequisites for attainment of sustainable socio-economic development and human wellbeing.
AAK is guided by the following ideals:
- Stewardship: We are devoted to enabling the responsible development and management of pest control products and technologies for the wellbeing of both people and the planet.
- Integrity: We are committed to ethical and open practices, guided by internationally accepted standards and codes of conduct.
- Quality: We are driven by a passion to deliver a superior experience for all of our stakeholders.
- Reliability: We deliver on, and endeavor to go beyond our promises.
Role and Mandate
The constitution of the Association mandates it to:
- Develop and implement a progressive, effective and sustainable training program in conformity with the Industry needs.
- Provide professional product stewardship from manufacture to use and or disposal.
- Develop and maintain a sustainable communication system that serves the interests and needs of the members, stakeholders and the public.
- Develop human physical and financial resources for the sustainability of the Association’s functions.
- Establish linkages for collaboration with Government, NGOs (Local, Regional and International) and other stakeholders in the Industry, on matters of mutual interests and concerns.
The Agrochemicals Association of Kenya (AAK) is the national representative of the International Agrochem Industry represented worldwide by CropLife International (formerly GIFAP). AAK is, therefore, the umbrella organization in Kenya for manufacturers, formulators, repackers, importers, distributors, farmers and users of pest control products (pesticides). The local association has existed in various names with the most recent being Pesticide Chemicals Association of Kenya (PCAK) since 1958. In 2005, the association registered CropLife Kenya as part of the global networking linkage into CropLife International. The Minister of Agriculture is the patron of the association.
The Association through an elected Executive Committee runs the affairs of the Agrochem Industry locally on the basis of the following objectives:
- Promoting of public education concerning the use of pesticides safely
- Providing an agency for liaison with government and others, on all matters of mutual interest.
- Considering and dealing with matters relating to customs duty, registration and labeling of pesticides, setting of standards in pesticides, following safety codes and promotion of the FAO Code of Conduct on distribution and sale of pesticides.
- Protecting of common trade interests of its members, where these are concerned with the manufacture, formulation and distribution of pesticides.
- Cooperating with all agencies seeking the improvement of Kenyan Agricultural and Pastoral Production and Environment.
- Encouraging and promoting just, fair and honorable practice, to oppose malpractice and illegal practices in the operation of the industry.
- Working with the government towards the regulation and importation of pesticides into the country and exports out of the country.
- Encouraging research in all areas that will improve the effective use of pesticides.
All these objectives of the Agrochem Industry were put in place after the industry recognized that it has social and environmental responsibilities to the consumer, user/worker and environment in general control of pesticides.