Intellectual Property Rights & Anti-Counterfeiting

Intellectual Property Rights & Anti-Counterfeiting

Key objectives:

1. Strengthen Advocacy and Awareness Raising
2. Enhance the Capacity of key Stakeholders
3. Support Law Enforcement & Judiciary Procedures

Counterfeits and other fraudulent (CFT) pesticides have become one of the most serious threats for agricultural development in Africa. The increasing proliferation of pesticides and the related financial, economic, and social impact coupled with the health and environment risks pose serious concerns for the sustainability of agricultural economies in many African countries.

Pesticides are highly regulated to ensure that their uses lead to “maximizing the benefits and minimizing the risks” according to the stewardship concept of CropLife International. However, CFT pesticides escape the regulatory processes.  CFT pesticides are produced by criminals, and are untested, unknown, and illegal.

Combating CFT pesticides requires a strong cooperation and coordination among the key stakeholders involved in pesticide management, especially the regulatory and other Law enforcement agencies, the supply chain, farmers and other role players in agricultural development policies and programs.

CropLife Africa Middle East and their member companies have long invested in fighting the illicit trade of pesticides. The fight against CFT pesticides is founded on the:

Vision of “Addressing Anticounterfeiting as a Collective Responsibility”.

Mission to “Empower key Stakeholders against CFT pesticides”.

Strategic pillars comprising of Awareness Raising, Capacity Building, Law
Enforcement, Alliances Building and Communication.

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Steps towards Anti-Counterfeiting

1. Advocacy on the contribution of IPRs to the agricultural economy and to the social and economic development.

2. Awareness raising on the risks of counterfeit and other illegal (CTF) pesticides for human health and the environment and on the financial, economic, and social impacts.

3. Capacity Enhancement of the farming communities (Farmers Focus Program, FFP) and the supply chain to detect CTF pesticides and denounce cases.

4. Capacity Enhancement for the law enforcement authorities (LEAs) for the detection, tracking and seizing of CTF pesticides.

5. Support for the effective enforcement of IPRs and Anti-CFT laws.

6. Enforcement of deterrent penalties against counterfeiting and other illegal activities.

7. Strengthening cooperation among the LEAs and with the industry and farmers.

8. Encourage and support innovative solutions for product packaging and labeling by member companies.

9. Strengthening cooperation and strategic alliances.

10. Reporting and communication of cases.

“Farmers Focus Program (FFP)”: Empowering the farming community for Sustainable Anti-counterfeiting activities.

Farmers are in the forefront of the illegal trade of pesticides. Their full cooperation is key to successful and sustained policies to fight counterfeit and other illegal pesticides. The FFP is delivered for farmers as the main targets through:

1. Awareness Raising by stressing on the risks of CTF pesticides on the health of farmers, farm workers and their families and consumers of agricultural produces, on the environment and the potential ruin of farming communities.

2. Capacity Enhancement to provide knowledge, tools, and tips for the detection of CTF pesticides, ensuring pesticides are purchased from ‘legal’ legitimate dealers/suppliers.

3. Encouraging cooperation with the industry and suppliers and with LEAs to denounce cases.

4. Monitoring and Evaluation of training and other programs

a. Awareness through training, Radio-TV messages, and printed materials
b. Capacity Enhancement for…
c. Capacity for Farmers and other users
d. Cooperation and Strategic Alliances