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Linking international conventions with pesticide risk reduction in the field

Endosulfan, a widely used broad spectrum organochlorine insecticide, has been listed by the Rotterdam Convention subject to the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) procedure since 2011. It is also listed  by the Stockholm Convention as a persistent organic pollutant (POP) and ...[more]

Implementation of the Rotterdam Convention in Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Colombia and El Salvador

With the objectives to strengthen the capacities of countries to monitor and report problems regarding the use of Severely Hazardous Pesticide Formulation (SHPF) and to identify potential substances that could be proposed for Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention, several...[more]

5th Session of the International Treaty Governing Body Concludes On An Upbeat Note

The Fifth Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (GB5) officially concluded on an upbeat note in Muscat, Oman.Delegates at Fifth Session of the Governing Body unanimously agreed to explore the option of...[more]

Stopping pests before they start: global capacity development to prevent pest damage

The Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) has made strides during the past year to design a globally relevant capacity development work plan for the Secretariat and its Capacity Development Committee. This culminated last week in the second meeting...[more]

Report on the First Project Portfolio of the International Treaty’s Benefit-sharing Fund now available online

The Report on the First Round of the Project Cycle of the Benefit-sharing Fund, published by the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture in February 2013, is now available online. It contains financial and technical information...[more]

IPPC’s Online Comment System

Member input is crucial in international organizations because, without it, nations may not be able to implement. The Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) has established the world’s most open, transparent and inclusive international standard...[more]

IPPC Launches Capacity Development Committee

3 December 2012, Rome - The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) will hold the initial meeting of the IPPC Capacity Development Committee (CDC). The meeting will take place 3-7 December, hosted by the Italian Rural Development Directorate at the Ministry of...[more]

Easy-SMTA: Transferring genetic resources with online contracts

Every day more than 800 transfers of seeds on average are made worldwide for research, training and breeding purposes within the global gene pool of FAO’s International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA). Each of these transfers travels under a...[more]

EU contributes €5 million to help farmers maintain crop diversity

June 2012, Rio de Janeiro - The European Commission is contributing €5 million euros (6.5 million dollars) towards the Benefit-sharing Fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, FAO announced today, at a high-level ministerial meeting...[more]

Rotterdam Convention works with stakeholders to address risks of severely hazardous pesticide formulations

Samut Sakhon, Thailand, May 2012. More than 30 representatives from the Ministry of Environment (MOE), Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), Ministry of Health (MOH), provincial government officers and occupational health officers, farmers, students, NGOs (the Education Foundation, the...[more]

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