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RISK MITIGATION APPROACHES FOR EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT OF PESTICIDES

Today, Monday August 6, the Agrochemicals Association of Kenya, also known as CropLife Kenya in collaboration with CropLife Africa Middle East and CropLife International is holding a risk mitigation workshop for its members and other stakeholders with an interest in effective pesticide management. This is part of the continuing industry commitment and effort to the sustainable use of pesticides in the context of the UN Environment led multistakeholder initiative to the
Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) and its critical importance for the delivery of the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals. Besides general aspects of chemical management such as risk reduction, information/education, governance, capacity building, and illegal trade ,SAICM, deals with some specific policy issues, including the management of Highly hazardous Pesticides {HHPs}.

HHP management is already referred to in the FAO/WHO International Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management (the Code), which has been endorsed by major stakeholders dealing with pesticides. It stipulates that the “prohibition of the importation, distribution, sale and purchase of highly hazardous pesticides may be considered if, based on risk assessment, risk mitigation measures or good marketing practices are insufficient to ensure that the product can be handled without unacceptable risk to humans and the environment.” CropLife International and all CropLife associations and members supports this approach to HHP management.

Risk assessment should be conducted in line with the specific FAO/WHO guidelines for HHP management published in 2016. This requires that all pesticide suppliers continuously evaluate their product portfolios to determine whether, under actual conditions of use in the field, there is a potential to exceed the acceptable exposure levels to humans or other non- target species.

Today`s workshop particularly aims at enhancing the dialogue on pesticide risk management among industry, government and iGO stakeholders to prioritize the critical issues and to develop mitigation plans to prevent unacceptable risks. In Kenya, like other countries, current regulations that govern pesticides require demonstrating the safety and efficacy of products before they are granted registration and sales licensing.

Once a product is registered, companies that commercialize them must work with government and others to continuously evaluate the effectiveness, safety and responsible use of their products through appropriate stewardship actions. CropLife Kenya collaborates with authorities to develop materials and promote training programs on Integrated Pest Management, which includes the responsible use of pesticides, to maximize benefits and minimize risks to users, the public and the environment. These stewardship activities along with the introduction of innovative products, contribute to the continued and sustainable growth of Kenyan agriculture and thereby the productivity and competitiveness of the country.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Evelyne Lusenaka, CEO Agrichemicals Association of Kenya, evelyn@agrochem.co.ke
Stella Simiyu, Director, Regulatory Affairs and Stakeholder Relations, CropLife Africa Middle East, stella@croplifeafrica.org