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Meeting with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Syndicate of Agricultural Materials Traders and Producers Association (AMATPA) in Jordan

In September, CL AME Regional Director for MENA region was in Amman, Jordan, in order to meet with the Secretariat of the General Authority in the Ministry of Agriculture, the Administrative Board, and the member companies of the Syndicate of Agricultural Materials Traders and Producers Association (AMATPA) in Jordan, in order to discuss the challenges in the field of agriculture and the action plan for the coming months. This follows the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Agriculture and AMATPA association earlier this year.

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Participation of CropLife AME in a workshop on market compliance organised by aak-GROW/CropLife Kenya

Last week, our colleague Stella, Director of Regulatory Affairs at CL AME, participated in a workshop organized by aak-GROW/CropLife Kenya themed: Enabling Compliance to Market Requirements Amid Unfavorable Policy Changes. The workshop was an interactive session with team leads of relevant regulatory compliance agencies and business membership associations to deliberate on mechanisms to enhance farmer compliance to market requirements: local, regional, and global.

Stella provided an overview of global policy changes – notably in relation to the EU Green Deal and emerging policy issues such as Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs) impact on food security and market access. The workshop recommended that all stakeholders represented collaborate in implementing measures that bring about farmer behavior change as one of the steps towards ensuring compliance.

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CropLife AME attended the 5th session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5)

Early September, Stella Simiyu – Director of Regulatory Affairs – represented CL AME at the 5th session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5), organized by UNEP. During the discussions, UN countries negotiated a ‘policy framework for the sound management of chemicals and waste’.

The following targets have been agreed upon:

  • Target A5: By 2030, governments work towards notifying, regulating, or prohibiting the export of substances they have not permitted nationally, in line with their international obligations.
  • Target A7 – By 2035, stakeholders have taken adequate measures to phase out highly hazardous pesticides in agriculture where the risks have not been managed and where safer and affordable alternatives are available and to promote transition to and make available those alternatives.
  • Target D5: By 2030, Governments implement policies and programs to increase support to safer and more sustainable agricultural practices, including agroecology, integrated pest management and the use of non-chemical alternatives, as appropriate.

CropLife Africa Middle East will continue its efforts to achieve such targets through the Sustainable Pesticide Management Framework. The SPMF is a proactive, long-term engagement program over five years that aims to build local capacity to establish a framework for sustainable pesticide management guided by the FAO/ WHO International Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management.

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Croplife AME meeting with CropLife Nigeria’s Board and members

In September, CL AME colleagues – Stella and Sylvain – were in Nigeria to notably:

  • Meet with CropLife Nigeria’s Board and members, and to exchange on the implementation of CropLife Nigeria’s annual workplan and other challenges;
  • Meet and discuss with federal authorities involved in pesticides management in Nigeria on various regulatory, stewardships and ACF issues;
  • Strengthen the collaboration with ECOWAS commission and exchange about the regional harmonization of pesticides management in West Africa;
  • Meet and discuss with other stakeholders to implement CL A ME’s stewardship, regulatory and anti-counterfeiting activities in Nigeria.
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Croplife AME attend a regional expert meeting in Cote d’Ivoire organised by ECOWAS

Last month, our colleague Sylvain was in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, to attend a regional expert meeting organized by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). The purpose was to develop and validate a technical advocacy document to support the implementation of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Action Plans. USAID, USDA and World Bank sponsored the meeting.