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The Three Pillars of the SPMF


Reduce reliance on Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs) and demonstrate change

Ensure transparent risk management measures are in place where HHPs continue to serve essential needs and have no replacement.


Increase Innovation

Enabling regulatory environment to accelerate farmer access to modern crop protection tools, practices and application technologies.


Responsible and Effective Use

Training farmers and keeping up with best practices in stewardship while ensuring supply chain takes measures for responsible pesticide life cycle management.


SPMF encourages cooperation among stakeholders to protect human health and safeguard the environment through responsible pesticide management. SPMF reflects our ambition to play a leading role to accelerate the transition towards sustainable agriculture.



SPMF activities under the three pillars are focused on structural reforms to transition towards sustainable food systems.


Reduce reliance on Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs) and demonstrate change

  • Regulatory frameworks that enforce risk assessment and steps laid out in the Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management and FAO Guidelines on Highly Hazardous Pesticides.
  • Demonstrates transition in line with ICCM5 HHPs targets, according which “by 2035, stakeholders have taken effective 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” (as per targets adopted at the 5th International Conference on Chemicals Management
  • Development of incident reporting infrastructures (e.g. poison control centres) to monitor effectiveness of risk mitigation measures.

Increase innovation

  • A science-based regulatory framework that facilitates registration of new innovations and farmers’ access to existing and new solutions.
  • An enabling environment for innovation that supports adoption of smart farming tools and practices, including precision agriculture and climate-smart solutions.

Responsible and effective use

  • Public-private partnerships to scale-up farmers’ stewardship outreach.
  • Empty pesticide container management schemes for waste management.
  • Responsible supply chain processes, including anti-counterfeiting activities and obsolete stock prevention.

SPMF supports an accelerated transition towards sustainable food systems localized to the Africa Middle East region

The Sustainable Pesticide Management Framework:


Recognizes the region's unique plant pests, agronomic and climatic conditions.


Fast-tracks the adoption of new solutions and less risky innovations, by establishing a regulatory framework that enables access to innovative agricultural technologies.


Recognizes that farmers need responsible training for the use of essential agricultural technologies like HHPs, ensuring safe practices through certified retailers and monitored risk mitigation measures.


Recognizes the need to fight against the trade of counterfeit pesticides to ensure humans and environment safety.


Recognizes the importance of public-private partnerships in adapting to climate change.

Call for Collaboration

The successful implementation of SPMF will require a coordinated effort, and must be pursued in collaboration with local and global partners including government bodies, farmer groups, and civil society.
SPMF invites stakeholders to join us in achieving a step change towards sustainable pesticide management.

By aiming at protecting human health, safeguarding the
environment and optimizing agricultural productivity, the SPMF
contributes to the transition of the African agricultural sector
towards sustainable food systems while leaving no one behind.

– Samira Amellal,
Director General/CEO


SPMF was one of the first innovation sprint of AIM 4 Climate, a joint
initiative by the United States and the United Arab Emirates that seeks
to address climate change and global hunger by uniting participants
to significantly increase investment in, and other support for, climate
smart agriculture and food systems innovation.

As we cannot afford to delay action, let us seize this opportunity to strengthen collaboration, drive meaningful change, and make a lasting
impact on the future of agriculture in Africa.

– Jerome Barbaron,
President of CropLife Africa Middle East