CropLife International Announces New Milestones in Product Stewardship for Sustainable Agriculture

Thursday, March 21st, 2024

CropLife International announces 20 million farmers have been trained in sustainable practices.

CropLife International has announced a total of 20 million farmers were trained in 2022, representing a doubling in the training reach in the last three years.

The association also announced that a total of 140,000 tonnes of empty pesticide packaging was taken out of the environment as part of its stewardship outreach in 2022. A leader in agricultural plastic packaging management, over a million tonnes of plastic has been collected since 2005 through CropLife programs.

CropLife International’s Festival of Stewardship is an annual event bringing together a broad array of stakeholders from across the globe to share experience and develop understanding of stewardship practices.

These, in turn, help to improve the livelihoods of farming communities and strengthen food security whilst safeguarding health and the environment.

Harmonised stewardship activities, delivered in the field by CropLife associations and partners and adapted to suit different situations, is a life-cycle approach from the discovery and development of new active ingredients through to their use and the final disposal of any waste.

Opening the event with a keynote address, CropLife International Chair Livio Tedeschi of BASF said “CropLife International plays a vital role in stewardship by harmonising best practices and working to tackle industry-wide issues. As no one isolated party can meet the challenge of bringing stewardship principles to all stakeholders involved, collaborations are critical for scale-up, outreach and credibility.”

Emily Rees, President and CEO of the association, added “I’m proud to be presenting a picture of such tangible progress. From pest management to risk management through to waste disposal, every action under our stewardship programs is designed to enhance the security and productivity of the farmers and their lands. And these are relatively new programs with great ambition. There’s so much more to come.”