As part of a contribution to a GEF funded project led by the FAO to manage current obsolete pesticides and reduce their future build-up, CropLife International is carrying out an Outreach Campaign to communicate with potential holders of obsolete pesticides in Benin. The objective of the Outreach Campaign is to identify any currently unrecorded stocks of hazardous obsolete and unwanted pesticides. An inventory of obsolete pesticides was carried out in Benin by the FAO in 2012 which identified quantities of obsolete pesticides held mainly in the public sector so this project will update and supplement this inventory.
The Outreach Campaign using the brand name CleanFARMS Benin will run from the beginning of September through to completion towards the end of November. The Outreach Campaign is drawing on the help of Government of Benin extension services (ACIPV), based in the provinces to distribute registration forms and project information to potential holders of obsolete pesticides. Any holders of hazardous obsolete pesticides are requested to register such stocks, so that the project can produce a prioritised list of obsolete and unwanted hazardous pesticides for future safeguarding and disposal.
The Outreach Campaign will also use other media such as the National Newspapers and local FM radio stations to announce this one-off opportunity to declare obsolete and unwanted pesticides. Once the Outreach Campaign is completed, the overall review of obsolete pesticides in Benin will be completed by visiting some of the stores that were inspected during the 2012 inventory, which have subsequently declared significant changes in obsolete stock levels.
It is hoped that this initial phase of the project will be completed by February 2016 so that the findings can be reported to the FAO and the process of prioritised safeguarding and disposal of hazardous obsolete pesticides can commence.