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16 Days of Global Action on Agroecology Rural peoples mobilise for food systems change

As rural peoples confront the challenges of the hunger crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The 16 Days of Global Action on Agroecology is an annual campaign from October 1 to 16 aimed at promoting agroecology as an alternative to chemical-based corporate agriculture and as a way towards achieving people’s food sovereignty. Now on its 6th year, the global campaign this year focuses on the plight of rural peoples during the pandemic, and their demands and aspirations for fundamental changes in the food and agricultural system.: Read More....

Agroecology The Solution to Highly Hazardous Pesticides: A PAN International Position Paper

Highly Hazardous Pesticides: A persistent problem Input-intensive chemical-based agricultural systems have pervaded communities across the globe. Pesticides contami- nate every environmental medium, travelling through air and by rivers and seas to distant locations. They are endangering biodiversity and disrupting the agroecosystem by decimating beneficial insects and soil microbes. They injure or kill an unknown number of farmers, workers, children and animals. Recent studies in seven countries in Asia found more than 60% of farmers suffer acute pesticide poisoning each year.1 Beyond these poisonings are the chronic health effects and the human tragedy of communities suffering the irreversible and intergenerational impacts of pesticides: Read More....

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• Déchets et stocks de POP au Togo
• Elimination ou réduction de l’utilisation des POPS
• Production non intentionnelle de POP
• Bonnes pratiques de gestion des pesticides
• Présentation sur la Convention de Stockholm sur les POP

New Greengrants Global Fund (GGF) mini grants call October 2018. Deadline October 15, 2018.

Greengrants Global Fund (GGF) is a foundation based in the United States. It’s provide small grants to small organizations of the civil society in the South to carry out activities in the field of Environment and Sustainable Development.

For several years, Pesticide Action Network advises GGF in awarding these grants to organizations in Africa, Latin America, Asia and some East European countries. It is important to note that PAN is only an adviser and does not give grants. This role is exclusively for GGF. The date for this new cycle of grants is set early October 2018.
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PAN International calls for investment in agroecology

April 30, 2018 — On May 2, experts from around the world will gather in Rome for a global symposium on soil pollution. The event, organised jointly by several UN agencies, offers an important opportunity to highlight the urgent need to invest in soil health, according to the leaders of Pesticide Action Network (PAN) International.
PAN leaders from all of the network’s regional centers participated in the recent UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Symposium on Agroecology, and note the important connections between the two events. Specifically, PAN applauds the concept note for the Soil Pollution symposium, which highlights pesticide use as an important cause of soil pollution: Read More....

Statement, Malaria, World Day Integrated Vector Management for malaria control
On World Malaria Day Pesticide Action Network stands with communities in the Global South that are facing the scourge of malaria. The World Health Organization (WHO)’s latest figures on malaria incidence are very concerning. 226 million cases of malaria were reported worldwide in 2016 in 91 countries, an increase of 5 million cases over 2015, with 445,000 deaths reported . 90% of the malaria cases and 91% of the malaria deaths worldwide were concentrated in the African region. This is a tragedy and governments everywhere must step up their efforts to control malaria.

Tackling malaria and other vector borne diseases like dengue and zika is a critical challenge worldwide. Much of the funding and focus goes towards vector control as a primary method to protect people from vector borne diseases. In the case of malaria, the WHO has identified Indoor Residual Spraying, or the spraying of insecticides inside people’s homes, and the use of insecticide- treated bednets as the primary vector control strategies. : Read More....

Agro-Industry influence is key barrier to agroecology

Rome, Italy, 4 April 2018

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is hosting the 2nd Global Symposium on Agroecology this week in Rome, Italy. Pesticide Action Network (PAN) International has 10 delegates from nine countries at the Rome meeting, with all five PAN Regional Centers represented (Africa, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Europe and North America). PAN supports the widespread adoption of agroecology, which integrates cutting edge science with local and indigenous knowledge and practices. This is a priority for PAN because the people who make up the global network — peasants and family farmers, especially including women, as well as Indigenous communities, farmworkers and rural families — are on the frontlines of harm from the chemical pesticides that are the cornerstone of industrial food and farming. On behalf of the international Pesticide Action Network, PAN North America’s senior scientist Dr. Marcia Ishii-Eiteman made the following plenary statement at the close of Tuesday’s session: Read More....

Global Network Releases Updated List of Highly Hazardous Pesticides

Stockholm, March 16, 2018

Pesticide Action Network (PAN) International released an updated version of its List of Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs) to coincide with a key meeting in Stockholm of the Strategic Approach for International Chemicals Management (SAICM) process. The expanded list now includes 306 chemicals. These hazardous pesticides (HHPs) threaten people and the environment around the world. The global community must act to stop the continuing exposure of people and the planet to these HHPs. PAN calls on the global community for an internationally binding treaty on pesticides. Read More....

The world pesticide free day

December 3 marks "the world pesticide free day" in the memory of the disaster that occurred in a chemical pesticide factory in Bhopal (India). The disaster occurred on December 3 1984, killing thousands with hundreds of thousands people injured. To commemorate this day, and move towards a future where communities will no longer suffer from exposure to Highly Hazardous Pesticides, Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Africa in partnership with Pesticide Action Network (PAN) International calls on governments and cooperation around the world , to take concrete measures to ban Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs) and promote their substitution with ecological alternatives.

International Network Welcomes UN Special Rapporteur’s Call for Global Regulation of Pesticides, March, 7 2017, Geneva, Switzerland

International Network Welcomes UN Special Rapporteur’s Call for Global Regulation of Pesticides Geneva, Switzerland - Pesticide Action Network (PAN) International welcomes the release today of the report on the use of agricultural pesticides by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food. Special Rapporteur Hilal Elver today presented her report to the 34th session of the United National Human Rights Council. She noted the ongoing impacts of pesticides on people, the environment and human rights and the failure to hold the pesticide industry accountable for these effects and recommended that:

The international community must work on a comprehensive, binding treaty to regulate hazardous pesticides throughout their life cycle, taking into account human rights principles.

PAN unreservedly supports this recommendation and urges the international community to swiftly begin the process of negotiating a treaty. Such a mandatory treaty will generate policies to reduce pesticide use worldwide and develop a framework for the banning and phasing-out of highly hazardous pesticides and promoting agroecology.. Read More...

Global Network Releases Updated List of Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs) Activists around the world call for action on health-harming chemicals.........

Today Pesticide Action Network (PAN) International released an updated List of Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs). The expanded list, which was first published in 2009, now includes 297 chemicals, many still in widespread use in both industrialized countries and the Global South.

Compiled after extensive review of existing scientific research, this list includes pesticides that are very toxic to humans, those that cause cancer or interfere with the hormone system, and those that have severe negative effects on the environment. The widespread use of these pesticides around the world is well documented, and PAN calls for action by decision makers everywhere — from government leaders to private retailers and food processers — to move towards phasing out these highly hazardous pesticides. Read More...


Local community training and public information on POPs, in Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal and Togo.


Within the framework of the “Local community training and public information on POPs, in Burkina Faso, mail, Senegal and Togo” project, PAN Africa and Green Cross Swiss (GCCH) signed an agreement in May 2016.

In the agreement, Green Cross Swiss (GCCH) commits its self to support financially this project of which the implementation will be as from May 2016 to April 2017. A seven (7) months monitoring is included after the project.

This project has as main objective the sensitization and the training of vulnerable communities and the information of a broader public on risks and alternative methods regarding POPs.

The project is funded by the GEF and implemented by the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) in collaboration with Green Cross Swiss (GC-CH) and the Basel and Stockholm Conventions Regional Centre for Francophone African Countries (CRBS-AF) Read More...
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New Greengrants Global Fund (GGF) mini grants call December 2015. Deadline November 30, 2015.

Greengrants Global Fund (GGF) is a foundation based in the United States. It’s provide small grants to small organizations of the civil society in the South to carry out activities in the field of Environment and Sustainable Development.

For several years, Pesticide Action Network advises GGF in awarding these grants to organizations in Africa, Latin America, Asia and some East European countries. It is important to note that PAN is only an adviser and does not give grants. This role is exclusively for GGF. The date for this new cycle of grants is set early December 2016..
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Training of women farmers in the Niayes region of agroecology technical

Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Africa is organizing a training workshop in agroecology techniques from May 23 to 27 2016 at Mbawane (Niayes), Senegal.

This training has several short and long term goals. The main objective is to enhance the knowledge of participants about agro-ecology and illustrate concretely on the field how these concepts and tools are being implemented. At the end of the workshop, the 10 women farmers trained will in turn put into practice the acquired techniques on their own plots and diffuse the knowledge and skills to other members of their association and/or community

Statement on the use of DDT in the fight against malaria in Africa

On World Malaria Day, April 25, 2016, Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Africa renews its support for the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, which is a key actor in identifying safe malaria control methods not reliant on DDT.

PAN Africa also reaffirms its position against the use of DDT in the fight against malaria....Read More

Global No Pesticide Day

On the occasion of the Global No Pesticide Day (December 3rd), PAN Africa organized a radio talk show at the Bambilor FM radio station in the Niayes region of Dakar Senegal.

The Niayes region is the centre of intensive market gardening with a high degree of pesticide use. The theme of the talk-show: “No to Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs)!!!!!!!!!” targeted rural communities in Senegal.

PAN International Calls on Governments to Phase Out Highly Hazardous Pesticides on No Pesticide Use Day

December 3rd marks the global No Pesticide Use Day, dedicated to the memory of the 1984 Bhopal chemical disaster in India which killed thousands and injured hundred of thousands of people.
To commemorate this day, and to move towards a future where communities do not have to suffer from exposure to hazardous chemicals, Pesticide Action Network International (PAN International) is calling on governments and corporations around the world to take concrete steps towards a ban of Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs) and their substitution with ecosystem-based alternatives. So far, 430 organizations from 106 countries have joined PAN International in this call to actionHHPs are pesticides that have high potential to cause illness, injury or death to humans and animals or damage to the environment...Read More

Agroecology in Africa : Challenges and Opportunities

On Thursday, November 26, 2015 , was held at the Hotel Faidherbe in Dakar , a day of reflection on " Agroecology in Africa : Challenges and Opportunities ", organized by the Institute of Environmental Sciences ( ISE ) of the University Cheikh Anta Diop ( UCAD) in Dakar and Pesticide Action Network (PAN ) Africa....Read More



Appeal for a ban of highly hazardous pesticides

Decades of experience has shown that, despite numerous ‘safe use’ programs, the ’safe use’ of highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) is not possible. Peop le, farmanimals, wildlife and the environment continue to suffer considerable harm from HHPs.

After decades of failure which have seen millions of deaths worldwide, new policies are needed to stop pesticide poisonings. A progressive phaseout and ban of HHPs, along with new policies for supporting alternatives, can make a change towards a healthy and sustainable world for all.

We, the undersigned organizations, call on governments and corporations to take concrete steps towards a progressive ban of HHPs and their substitution with ecosystem-based alternatives.Read More

We, Toxicologists and Health Professionals, call for a global elimination of Highly Hazardous Pesticides.

Many pesticides pose a threat to human health and the environment and result in heavy costs to societies. Due to their extensive use over a long period of time, highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) are now widely dispersed throughout ecosystems globally.

Pesticides are found in human bodies and other living organisms, food and water, soil, and in the air. Early statistics from the World Health Organisation (WHO) indicated that about 200,000 people were being killed worldwide and as many as 25 million..
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Phasing out highly hazardous pesticides with agroecology: Pesticide Action Network releases book at ICCM4
Agroecological practices can increase farm productivity and food security, improve rural livelihoods and adaption to climate change, and reduce the environmental impacts of agriculture.

Today, at the 4th International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM4) in Geneva, Pesticide Action Network (PAN) International is releasing its book Replacing Chemicals with Biology: Phasing out highly hazardous pesticides with agroecology.Read More

Glyphosate confirmed as a probable human carcinogen by the World Health Organization
Pesticide joins international ‘highly hazardous’ list slated for phaseout

On July 29, 2015 a branch of the World Health Organization (WHO) released a monograph of the herbicide glyphosate on which it had based its earlier decision that this chemical is a probable carcinogen for humans.
With this action, glyphosate officially joins the list of highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs). Read More


SENEGAL: Oral Statement of NGOs at the thirteenth session of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), Geneva (July, 2015)

Madame Chair, We Ndéye Maimouna DIENE, Ndeye Astou Syllah and Amy SAKHO, from Senegal,
we present this statement and priority issues discussed in the report prepared by FEMNET Shadow Senegal, Senegalese Association of Jurists (AJS), Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Africa, Association of Disabled Drivers of Senegal (ANMHS) and in collaboration with a dozen organizations of civil society of Senegal. One issue is identified:Read More

India, Indonesia and Guatemala block the listing of a highly hazardous Paraquat formulation and deprive other countries of their right to information

At the 7th Conference of Parties of the Rotterdam Convention, being held in Geneva from May 12th to 15th, once again India and Guatemala now with Indonesia blocked the listing of Paraquat (20%). The ongoing stalemate over this and chrysotile asbestos, blocked for the fifth time, show the urgent need for a revision of the rules of the Rotterdam Convention. Only one for the five chemicals up for listing was allowed through.

The rules must be changed so that a small handful of countries cannot deny the other countries their right to information on trade in these hazardous chemicals....Read More

PESTICIDE ACTION NETWORK (PAN) STATEMENT At the COP 7 Stockholm Convention, Geneva, May 6, 2015

PAN applauds the strides made by the international community to combat malaria this past year and efforts in place to find alternatives to DDT used in vector control.

However, it notes that funds for the work of the DDT Expert Group and the Global Alliance for Alternatives to DDT mainly focused on chemical alternatives to DDT with little concern for non-chemical alternatives.

In the roadmap developed by the DDT Expert group, we welcome the focus on the judicious and safe use of resources for malaria control as well as the removal of obsolete stockpiles of DDT and other hazardous pesticides.

The work of Non-Governmental Organizations, civil society groups on the ground with communities as well as documents on DDT published by the Stockholm Convention Secretariat shows that there are serious discrepancies in how insecticides like DDT are used.

Adequate safeguards while conducting indoor residual spraying with DDT in homes in many African countries is often missing. In many cases, countries are often understaffed and not qualified to be able to monitor rigorously the sprayings. Increased resistance of mosquitoes to DDT and other insecticides remains a major concern where further efforts must be made.

PAN strongly recommends greater involvement of civil society organizations, with funding and adequate resources for the development of long-term solutions of malaria control that are truly safe, efficient and sustainable, with special emphasis on non-chemical alternatives.

NGOs working in the field often have a good understanding of local realities and solutions, and should be partners in the process of finding alternatives to DDT and in the research and dissemination of alternatives to DDT.

To this end, their participation in the regional workshops in Asia and Africa on the sound management practices of DDT and promotion of sustainable alternatives to DDT should be supported.
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Guest blog: Toward safer malaria control solutions

A new World Malaria Day is around the corner and we at PAN applaud the strides made to combat this deadly disease over the past year.

Here is the link for the World Malaria Day blog: http://www.panna.org/blog/guest-blog-toward-safer-malaria-control-solutions

JOIN US TO CELEBRATE WOMEN'S DAY !!!!!!!!

Ecological crises and land speculation are bound issues, negatively influencing hunger that affects one billion people in the world, most of whom are from rural areas, particularly women and children.

Women are those particularly affected by this new phase of capitalistic globalization. Indeed, in de world, they have only 3 % of property rights, access to land generally controlled by customary rights. However, several case studies have demonstrated the role women play in biodiversity preservation by practicing agro-ecology and, by their collective organizational practices, in strengthen social cohesion in their communities.. Read More...

PAN Africa holds 3-day training on sustainable agriculture with women farmers

PAN Africa held a workshop on sustainable farming techniques with women farmers last January 19th to 21st 2015 at the Forestry and Recycling Centre of Thies. This workshop is part of the Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women (FLOW) programme of Netherlands being implemented by the Pesticide Action Network Asia and Pacific (PAN AP). The women participants came from the "Niayes" area of Senegal where the largest market gardening production yield can be found.

Twenty-one (21) women farmers joined the workshop, coming from farmers' organizations in the following localities of the Thies region: Fandene, Beer, Keur Abdou Ndoye, Darou Khoudoss, Tao, Khar Yalla, Ndiokhop, Keur Massar, and Sangalkam. Read More...

Stop Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs)

Dear friends,

Pesticide Action Network International would like to request organizations to sign on to the Call to Action on Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs), which will be presented to the 2nd. Meeting of the SAICM Open-ended Working Group, Geneva, 15-17 December 2014. The petition can be seen after this message and on the PAN International

 

website:http://action.panna.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY = 15775

If your organization has not signed yet, please add the name of your organization and send it to Chela Vazquez: chela.vazquez@panap.net

Please provide the following information:

Country:

Name of the organization:

Name of the person signing on behalf of the organización:

Women Travelling Journal (WJT) for women rights and female reproductive health
Thanks to a journal that went across 11 countries in Asia and 3 countries in Africa, women shared their personal experiences and those of their communities.

"These stories show the persistence and severity of problems related to reproductive health, such as forced marriage, unsafe abortions, female genital mutilation and maternal deaths, problems related to the use of pesticides.

To watch the movie and download the book please visit the wibsite: http://travellingjournal.asianruralwomen.net/srhr

 Strengthen leadership and autonomization of women: ensuring economic independence of women

98% of undernourished in the world live in developing countries (FAO, 2012) and 60% of women are affected by hunger (ECOSOC, 2007). Nearly half of the Senegalese population lives below the poverty line ie less than $ 1 (ANSAD, 2007). Women suffer most from this situation (World Bank, 2009) and the phenomenon is more common in cities than in the countryside.

Paradoxically, there is a significant imbalance between the principle of equality and women enjoying their rights fully. Be it in terms of representatives, access to decision-making seats or take into account specific issues, men and women are not on the same footing in Senegal. .
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Raising Students' awareness and development of information posters and signs on pesticide management in « les Unions de la Fédération des Périmètres Autogérés du Sénégal » (FPA)

Rice sector support project for food security “Bey Dunde” is located in the delta of River Senegal. In the course of the project activities, an Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) is being implemented which includes an important section on the use and safe management of pesticides. After its meeting with the “Bey Dunde” project managers, PAN Africa offered to produce information and signaling posters for the seven (7 ) FPA Hydraulic unions

PAN Africa is an information and action network for the control of pesticides. As part of its activities, for a decade it has acquired experience in the preparation and dissemination of awareness tools (posters, brochures ...) in various languages (international and local) addressing various aspects of pesticide management. Simple messages illustrated by pictures and diagrams adapted to the environment and the target will be proposed. The contents have an educational character and will focus on the protection and safety of those involved and the environment.
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Petition to ban endosulfan

Last October, the POPs Review Committee of the Stockholm Convention (PORC) has decided to recommend the listing of pesticide Endosulfan in the Annex A of the Stockholm Convention for its global elimination. Unfortunately today, the global ban of this dangerous pesticide Endosulfan has been blocked by the Indian pesticide industry who opposed this recommendation.

Communities rose in India to urge the government to take urgent decisions and support global demand for banning Endosulfan and its inclusion in the Stockholm Convention.
Help these communities to have 500,000 signatures for "A request for a ban on Endosulfan" by signing the petition via the below online address:

http://www.petitiononline.com/endoban/petition.html

Merci pour votre aide!
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