Southern African Pesticide Regulators Forum (SAPReF) Strategic Planning


The workshop was organized by SADC, FAO in collaboration with the University of Cape Town - UCT, the Swedish Chemical Agency – KemI and was funded by three FAO implemented programmes and these are European Commission programme on ‘Capacity Building related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific countries; the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund Project on Strengthening food safety controls and animal and plant health for increased trade in Southern Africa; as well as the Rotterdam Convention.

Workshop Objectives

The workshop objectives were:

  1. To elaborate a strategic action plan for SAPReF (2-5 years) to guide short and long term activities as well as to be used for resource mobilization;
  2. To provide some technical training to support implementation of the Rotterdam Convention;
  3. To strengthen regulatory capacity and promote better pesticide management policy and systems within Southern African countries through SAPReF members.

Target Audience

The workshop was attended by 53 participants that included pesticide regulators and Designated National Authorities (DNAs) for the Rotterdam Convention from 13 Southern African Development Community countries, collaborating partners such as University of Cape Town - UCT, the Swedish Chemical Agency – KemI. The Africa Institute (Regional Centre for the Basel and Stockholm Convention), IAPSC -the Inter African Phytosanitary Council, WHO, COMESA – the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa and the SADC Secretariat.

Workshop Documents


Items: 2 
Agenda575.09 K
List of participants95.45 K


The SAPREF Action Plan of prioritized activities in seven strategic areas was developed by including timelines, responsibilities, indicative resources needs, implementing partners and indicators. Due to time constraints, discussion of the plan towards the end of the workshop resulted in an agreement that the plan needed to be refined.

All RC Parties were better informed about their rights and obligations and procedures to comply with them. The implementation of the Rotterdam Convention was included in the SAPReF Action Plan as high priority.


  2. Audio interview with Mark Davis - FAO's Senior Officer for Pesticides Management
  3. Opening remarks by David Phiri, FAO Subregional Coordinator for Southern Africa
  4. Opening remarks by Ringson Chitsiko, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development (Zimbabwe).

Photo Gallery

Photo Album of the workshop

Contact Information

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