With a mandate to raise levels of nutrition, improve agricultural productivity, better the lives of rural populations and contribute to the growth of the world economy, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is a major player in issues related to pesticides management and different aspects of implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions. For more information, please visit www.fao.org.
Specifically, the Plant Production and Protection Division (AGP) considers reducing reliance on pesticides as a principle element of its focus areas on Sustainable Production Intensification and Pesticide Risk Reduction. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programmes have demonstrated that pesticide use often can be reduced considerably without affecting yields or farmer profits.
For more information on the work of the pesticide management division, please visit: http://www.fao.org/agriculture/crops/core-themes/theme/pests/en/
By decisions BC.Ex‑1/1, RC.Ex‑1/1 and SC.Ex-1/1, the conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions invited UNEP and FAO to report on progress made in the development of programmatic cooperation in the field to support implementation of the three conventions in areas of common concern and the inclusion of such cooperation in their biennial work programmes. The reports were made available to the meetings of the conferences of the Parties in 2011.