Netherlands & Ghana (2021 - ongoing)
Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs) are of particular concern due to the severe adverse effects they can cause to human health and the environment. For that reason, their regulation and use receive particular attention from national governments and from international organizations such as FAO and WHO. HHPs have also been identified as an issue of concern by the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM).
The Ghana Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has indicated that it wishes to reduce or eliminate the risks posed by HHPs in the country, through a comprehensive process of identification, needs and risk assessment, and risk mitigation, including the introduction of low risk alternative pest management options.
Falconsult been contracted by the Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation to contribute to risk reduction of highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) in Ghana. Under the umbrella of the Hortifresh West Africa programme, and in collaboration with Wageningen Environmental Research and the Chemicals Control and Management Centre of the Ghana EPA, we will:
1. Identify which currently registered pesticides in Ghana can be considered HHPs on the basis of international criteria.
2. Include HHP identification criteria in the pesticide evaluation process to limit future registration of these pesticides in Ghana.
3. Develop roadmaps for replacement of the use of HHPs by low risk pest management options for priority horticultural crops.