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Help Belarus reduce risks from dangerous pesticides

New agreement expected to step up cooperation with Belarus


11 February 2014, Rome - FAOin cooperation with the European Unionwill help Belarus to dispose of obsolete pesticides and reduce risks from pesticides used in agriculture in the future, under a new agreement signed today.

Over the next two and a half years, FAO will provide technical assistance to Belarus in managing its stocks of obsolete pesticides, building capacity to minimize the threats from hazardous waste to human health and the environment, as well as strengthening legislation and building capacity in the management of pesticide containers.

Together with the Government of Belarus, FAO will identify and assess the most highly contaminated sites with the aim to mobilise resources for risk reduction; promote alternatives to the most hazardous chemicals in use; and, develop communication strategies to raise awareness among farmers and the public.