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Mainstreaming biodiversity and sound pesticide management in agriculture for multilateral environmental agreements implementation











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    Building Capacity Related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements in African, Caribbean and Pacific Countries - GCP/INT/153/EC 2019
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    In the majority of developing countries, pesticides are widely used for the control of pestsand diseases in agriculture. Unsound chemical management, the use of HighlyHazardousPesticides (HHPs), the presence of unsafe guarded obsolete stocks of pesticides and the overall poor management of pesticide products pose significant and often unacceptable risks to human healt hand the environment. The project (of whichthiswasthe second phase) waspart of the EuropeanCommission programme on “CapacityBuilding relatedto MultilateralEnvironmentalAgreements(MEAs) in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries”. The second phase of this project aimed to support and strengthen institutional and national capacity building for the synergistic implementation of the target MEA clusters (chemicals/wastesand biodiversity) in African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) countries, and to assist them to meet the objectives of these MEAs.
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    Agrobiodiversity - a training manual for farmer groups in East Africa 2018
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    Farmers play a crucial role in the preservation and sustainable use of agrobiodiversity. In fact, the diversity of species that support our current agricultural production systems has been carefully managed and shaped by farming communities, over the course of the history of humankind. Farmers act as custodian of the Earth’s agrobiodiversity resources, and play a big part in preserving traditional plant and animal varieties, and the knowledge associated with these. FAO has long been working on promoting approaches to agriculture that enable both the sustainable use of biodiversity resources for food and agriculture, and their conservation, and on supporting farmers to make informed decisions on their farm management and production practices. This training manual fits in this broader commitment, to support a shift towards a paradigm of agricultural production that can sustain food and nutrition security while at the same time cause the least harm to natural ecosystems. The manual is intended as an introduction to agricultural biodiversity, and to its relevance to different aspects of agricultural production and management for smallholder farmers in Kenya. It includes eight different training modules, each covering a specific aspect related to agrobiodiversity. The modules are standalone and can be used independently one from the other, depending on the user’s or project’s aim. The materials were originally prepared within the FAO- Netherlands Partnership Programme (FNPP) and have been updated, revised and published under the second phase of the European Union-funded project “Capacity-building related to multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries”.
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    Proposal for a Regional Pesticide Registration Scheme for the Pacific Islands 2017
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    A technical support mechanism on regional collaboration for pesticide registration is urgently needed for effective management and control of pesticides in the Pacific Islands. While reliance on pesticides for agricultural production continues to increase, the national pesticide registration systems are under-resourced. This lack of technical expertise undermines proper risk assessment procedures to support decisions for pesticide registration. The brief presents the rationale for, and benefit from a proposed Regional Pesticide Registration Scheme for the Pacific Islands. The Scheme is being proposed by FAO and the Pacific Community (SPC) to contribute, overall, to the reduction of risks to human health and the environment from misuse of agrochemicas in the region. The document is produced under the European Union-funded project "Capacity building related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries - Phase 2" (ACP/MEAs 2). More info rmation at: www.acpmeas.info

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