About PRRP - Ethiopia

In September 2009 the Pesticide Risk Reduction Program (PRRP - Ethiopia) was presented and discussed on a well-attended stakeholder meeting, including representatives of relevant Ministries and the African Union. The plan was enriched and endorsed. It was now acknowledged by all stakeholders that the proposed program is comprehensive and is seen as an important pilot for other African countries or regions. The implementation of the planned activities started in February 2010 and finished by the end of 2015.

The programme is based on all identified needs in terms of human and institutional resources for the implementation of pesticides and biopesticides registration and the needs for the enforcement of post registration activities. It covers both agricultural pesticides as well as public health pesticides.

The overall goal of the program:

To contribute to a sustainable pesticide management system in Ethiopia in order to regulate pesticide use by farmers, taking into account the whole pesticide life cycle: from registration and procurement, import/local manufacture of pesticides, to distribution and use and monitoring, including quality control and waste management.

To improve the environment, health of growers and the surrounding community, and stimulate the economic performance of the Ethiopian agricultural sector.

This program functions as a pilot for other African countries and regions and it will contribute to the national program on food security and agricultural development focusing on sustainable intensified crop production in Ethiopia. It also contributes to The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP), a program of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). This project links with all 4 pillars of CAADP, namely pillar 1, land and water management, pillar 2, market access, pillar 3, food supply and hunger and pillar 4, improvement of agricultural research. Finally it will also contribute to the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 1, aimed at reducing poverty and to MDG7, sustainable environment and livelihood. In this project Pesticide management is listed as priority in government policy and Ethiopia is currently showing several initiatives to implement the International code of conduct on distribution and use of pesticides.

Within the program a frame work for registration and post registration will be developed. The main objectives of the PRRP program are:

  • To develop a legal framework for the registration and post registration of pesticides (regulation, directives and guidelines).
  • To develop a proper pesticide registration system for Ethiopia and capacity building on dossier evaluation.
  • To develop a well-functioning post registration system (including development of reference laboratory with analytical capacities for quality control ,monitoring, procurement guideline, inspection, storage of pesticides, capacity building and training).
  • To develop a formal consultation platform that will support APHRD with advice on (post)registration issues.
  • To execute an impact assessment of the new (post) registration system.

The following issues were addressed in Ethiopia (click image for details)..