Together with host national governments, the World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and other partners, CropLife International (www.croplife.org) has been working on the Africa Stockpiles Programme (ASP). The aims are to dispose safely of an estimated 50,000 tonnes of obsolete pesticides and associated wastes across the entire continent of Africa in a fifteen year timeframe and to put in place measures to prevent re-accumulation of obsolete stocks
As part of the ASP and its follow-on activities, CropLife International finances and implements ‘CleanFARMS’ projects with support from CropLife national associations, to assess the amount and type of obsolete pesticides – old, unregistered, unwanted or unidentifiable pesticides – held by private and public sector owners. The CleanFARMS projects then safeguard the high risk stocks – in other words repackage, transport and store them securely at central locations. In this way, risks to communities and the environment from obsolete pesticides are rapidly reduced. Partners such as FAO then take over and export the stocks for destruction by high temperature incineration.
To date, CleanFARMS projects have safeguarded 800 tonnes of obsolete pesticides in Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi and Nigeria, and funds are in place from FAO, CropLife and other partners to dispose of these stocks in 2015/16. CleanFARMS projects are underway in Benin and Morocco to safeguard an additional 1,000 tonnes of obsolete stocks and FAO/GEF projects will export and dispose of them in 2016/17.