Half a million tonnes of obsolete pesticides are scattered throughout the developing world. These toxic chemicals, often stored outdoors in leaking containers, are seeping into the soil and water.
Eliminating these dangerous stocks is a development priority. Rural communities can't hope to develop if the soil and water are contaminated with pesticides. Their people can't hope to prosper if they are suffering from severe illnesses caused by pesticide poisoning.
FAO's Programme on the Prevention and Disposal of Obsolete Pesticides is working to inform the world about the dangers of obsolete pesticide stocks. It collaborates with developing countries to prevent more obsolete pesticides from accumulating and assists them dispose of their existing stockpiles.