CropLife AME team attended a sensitization and capacity building workshop, organized by the pesticide regulatory authorities in Ghana (Ghana Environment Protection Agency (EPA), in cooperation with CropLife Ghana.

On June 22, 2023, Sylvain Ouedraogo from the CropLife AME team participated in a sensitization and  capacity-building workshop organized by the Ghana Environment Protection Agency (EPA) in collaboration with CropLife Ghana. The workshop aimed to educate and empower staff (prosecutors and other officers) from the Department of Public Prosecution of the Attorney General’s Office (AG-DPP). Media representatives and members of CropLife Ghana also attended this important event.

The workshop was a response to the recent revision of the Ghana Pesticide Act, which now allows for the prosecution and imposition of deterrent penal sanctions and measures against the trade and handling of illegal pesticides. This revision marks a significant milestone as counterfeit pesticides have a devastating impact on human health, agriculture in Africa, and the environment. Such counterfeit products are often of poor quality and may contain harmful chemicals that can damage crops, pollute the environment, and pose risks to human health.