Workshop On SPS Capacity Building in Africa to Mitigate the Harmful Effects of Pesticide Residues in Cocoa and to Maintain Market Access

7 - 10 June 2011, Yaoundé, Cameroon

A full report of this Workshop will appear here shortly.


Stewardship and Responsible Use of Pesticides (B. Yao, CropLife)
    Fonds pour L'Application des normes et le développement du commerce (FANDC) (Dr Kenza Le Mentec, STDF)
    Outcome of the International Workshop on the Safe Use of Pesticides in Cocoa and Harmonized Legislation for Food Safety (Yunusa Abubakar, ICCO)
    Building Quality Infrastructure for SPS Compliance -- UNIDO Approach and Experience (Dr Lalith Goonatilake, UNIDO)
    Safe Food in ACP (EDES)
    Vue d'ensemble du Projet 'SPS Cacao Africain' (Dr Kouamé Lucien, )
    Regional Cooperation to Combat Counterfeit and Illegal Trade of Pesticides (B. Yao, CropLife)
    The Panama Syndrome (vob Video)
    Seizure stories from Poland and New Zealand (vob Video)
    CropLife Kenya on Counterfeiting (vob Video)
    Eyes (Greek/English) (wmv Video)
    Vue d'ensemble de L'application des Normes et des contraintes SPS au Togo (Tomtala Winga)
    Vue d'ensemble de l'application des Normes Sanitaires et Phytosanitaires (SPS) et contraintes SPS au Cameroun (Jean-Claude Ngongang Nono)
    La coordination: pièce maitresse d'un système SPS efficace (Dr Kenza Le Mentec, STDF)
    SPS Capacity Building in Latin America and Asia for Exporting Cocoa (CABI)
    Overview of the implementation of SPS standards and constraints in Ghana (Kwasi Gorkeh-Sekyim, COCOBOD)
    Vue d'ensemble de l'application des Normes SPS dans le Cacao en Côte d'Ivoire (Gaston Kouassi N'Guessan)
    Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Warehousing Practices (GWP) in cocoa production and trade (Roy Bateman)
    Overview of the Implementation of Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Standards and Constraints in Nigeria (Ibrahim Naibbi)
    The Role of Law Enforcement Agents to Monitor and Enforce Adherence to SPS Standards in Cocoa--The Case of Ghana (Emmanuel Tetteh, Customs Division of Ghana Revenue Authority)
    Etude de l'Alimentation Totale en relation avec les résidus de pesticides et les mycotoxines (Dr Gimou Marie Madeleine, Centre Pasteur du Cameroun)
    GIZ Activities in Cocoa in Western Africa and Problems and Challenges with the Use of Pesticides in Agriculture (Andrea Wilhelmi-Somé, Deutsche Gesellschaft für International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ))
    Recommandations de l'Atelier

International Workshop on the Safe Use of Pesticides and Harmonization of Legislation for Food Safety

25-27 January 2011, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The International Workshop on the Safe Use of Pesticides in Cocoa and Harmonized Legislation for Food Safety was held at the Renaissance Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 25-27 January, 2011 with generous sponsorship provided by the Malaysian Cocoa Board, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture, and Innovation of the Netherlands and the Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative.  The Workshop was jointly organized by the ICCO and the Malaysian Cocoa Board.  The overall objective of the Workshop was to promote the safe use of pesticides throughout the cocoa value chain and to enhance the process of harmonization of legislation and regulations on pesticide residues in cocoa and related products, including standardization of analytical methods on pesticide residues.

The International Workshop brought together more than 200 participants from 18 countries spanning the five continents of the world. They included representatives from cocoa producers, traders, exporters, processors, chocolate manufacturers, chemical manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers, governmental and non-governmental organizations, research institutions and universities. The workshop was conducted over three days with 15 presentations in four focus areas, each followed by a Question and Answer session and by panel discussions. The four focus areas were: legislation for food safety and analytical methods; the safe use of pesticides; alternatives to pesticides; and perspectives on pesticide legislation from key stakeholders. On the final day, following active deliberations between the audience and the prominent experts serving on the Panel, the Workshop adopted a list of final recommendations.

Please click here to download a full report of the Outcome of the Kuala Lumpur Workshop.


    Ewald Wermuth
    Kenji Kaminaga
    Alison Bodor
    Mike Rutherford
    John Brown
    Azhar Ismail
    Roy Bateman
    Richard Adu-Acheampong
    Jayne Crozier
    Kouame Lucien
    Joao Louis Pereira
    Keith Jones
    Penelope Alexandre
    Wolfgang Schimpf
    Mark Joncheere
    Final Recommendations (PPT File)
    Final Recommendations (French) (PPT File)
    Final Recommendations (Spanish) (PPT File)
    Final Recommendations (Russian) PPT File






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