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17 Nov 2017

World Health Organisation, Food & Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations

FAO/WHO recommendations fail to assess corporate adherence to Code of Conduct on pesticides management

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The report draws attention to issues related to the distribution and use of six pesticides from Bayer and Syngenta... The report addresses two main aspects of (non-)adherence and relates to the following articles of the Code of Conduct:

(i) the labeling of pesticides [...]; and

(ii) training and protective personal equipment...  

In addition, the report draws attention to companies’ efforts to take corrective action [...] and illustrates the importance of collaboration between government and industry for monitoring pesticide use and the health and environmental effects...

The JMPM makes the following response: [...]

The JMPM supports the stakeholders’ talking and working together to promote practices that minimize pesticide risks.

Pesticide risk reduction is a complex issue, and a multi-stakeholder approach can move it forward. Feedback should be encouraged to identify areas requiring attention. Multi-stakeholder dialogue may help further improve pesticide risk reduction in India.

The JMPM encourages further monitoring of the implementation of the Code of Conduct.