Obsolete pesticides: FAO provides West Africa with a centralization, securing and elimination strategy
Stakeholders and implementing partners of the FAO/GEF project (GCP/INT/147/GFF) welcomed the outcome of the inclusive process which led to the finalization of the regional strategy for centralization, securing and eliminating obsolete pesticides in West Africa and the Sahel. This strategy is a flagship product of this project which began in 2016 and aims to eliminate stocks of obsolete pesticides in compliance with the health and environmental standards in force and to strengthen the management of pesticides and empty packaging in the Member States. of CILSS. The first activities in the countries consisted of making an inventory of existing pesticides in all their forms. Thus, more than 1,580 tons were inventoried and grouped in 255 sites for all the beneficiary countries before being evacuated. To facilitate these different operations at the country level, national centralization and elimination plans have been drawn up to coordinate removal/export actions. Based on field experiences, FAO launched an inclusive and participatory process to develop the regional strategy, which aims to harmonize and coordinate operations to eliminate high-risk stockpiles while responding to each country’s priorities. It provides the basis for minimizing risks to public health and the environment. The development of this strategy is a flagship product of the project which was praised by the Principal Project Manager of the Sub-Regional Office for West Africa, Ms. Bintia Tchicaya. “I invite stakeholders and partners to adopt good practices and above all to put into practice the advice contained in the regional strategy to reduce the risks associated with the misuse of pesticides on populations and the environment”. She also commended the constructive spirit between the actors in the field and the consultants at the national and regional levels which prevailed during the field activities. After its validation, the regional strategy for the centralization, securing and elimination of obsolete pesticides will guide the future activities of the project, which will consist of the effective elimination of 475 tonnes, ie half of the quantity inventoried. This choice is explained by the lack of resources for this activity given the high cost of storage work on the international market. Thus, countries with small to medium quantities will see all their stocks eliminated (Chad, Gambia, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Burkina Faso). On the other hand, those with large quantities of pesticides, the high-risk stocks prioritized by the actors of the country will be eliminated (Senegal, Mauritania, Niger).
Distributed by APO Group for the FAO Regional Office for Africa.
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