NSP - Pest and Pesticide Management
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The Plant Production and Protection Division (NSP) considers reduced reliance on pesticides as a principle element of its focus on Sustainable Production Intensification and Pesticide Risk Reduction. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programmes have demonstrated that pesticide use can often be reduced considerably without affecting yields or farmer profits.  

Preventing the spread of pests saves crops and reduces the need to use pesticides. Through the International Plant Protection Convention and the EMPRES Plant Health programme, NSP assists in preventing the spread of plant pests and diseases.EMPRES Plant Health comprises programmes on Migratory Pests and Wheat Rust.

Pesticide risk reduction is further achieved through judicious selection of pesticides and proper pesticide Management.  Pillars of our work in this area are its programme to promote the implementation of the new International Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management and providing the Secretariat for the Rotterdam Convention for the part that concerns pesticides. Related NSP work areas include Pesticide Residues, Pesticide Specifications and Prevention and Disposal of Obsolete Pesticides.

NSP leads the international normative work in the above areas. In addition, it provides practical technical assistance to countries in capacity building towards realizing the objectives set by its normative work. This is supported by technical guidelines and further tools in support of the Code of Conduct

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