Product stewardship


The responsible and ethical management of a crop protection product in a way that takes full and balanced account of the interests of users, future generations, and other species.

Authoritative On-line References and Resources CropLife International is a global federation representing the plant science industry and a network of regional and national associations in 91 countries. These organisations are committed to sustainable agriculture through innovative research and technology in the areas of crop protection, non-agricultural pest control, seeds and plant biotechnology.
is the responsible and ethical management of crop protection products (CPP) from discovery through to ultimate use and beyond. Stewardship is actively promoted by the FAO through the FAO code of conduct and encourages all stakeholders to play their part in the safe distribution and use of CPP.
Those involved in ensuring that all approaches to crop protection are safe, effective and sustainable should visit the Stewardship Community website. The industry association, CropLife, also takes an active approach with stewardship programs around the world. Its publications also offer support and advice on key topics such as personal protection when using CPP in hot climates and the Safe and Effective Disposal of Crop Protection Product Containers. Basic training programs can improve safe pesticide handling practices in developing countries. Examples of industry-led education and training efforts are: Farmers in Colombia receive their training certificates
  • In China, more than 400 “Pesticide Safe Use” training programs trained more than 30,000 people, including key farmers, retailers and grass-roots extension workers, on the safe use of CPP.
  • In Latin America, more than 20,000 farmers are trained every year on the proper use and handling of CPP.
  • Alliances of industry, academic institutions, government agencies, NGOs and others continue to play a part in promoting the effective and safe use of paraquat and all CPP
Recent studies have shown that the sustained efforts of the entire industry and its stakeholders have improved farmers' understanding of the risks associated with the use of paraquat and other CPP and the steps that are required to ensure safe use.