Agriculture & Food Security
Environment & Climate

Neonicotinoid Insecticides: Use and Effects in African Agriculture A Review and Recommendations to Policymakers


The  Academy  of  Science  of  South  Africa  (ASSAf),  in  collaboration  with  the  German  National Academy  of  Sciences  Leopoldina  and  the  Network  of  African  Science  Academies  (NASAC)  has recently completed a project exploring the use and effects of neonicotinoids in African agriculture. This  project  brought  together  experts  from  17  African  countries,  reviewed  the  relevant  African scientific  literature,  and  analysed  the  state  of  knowledge  on neonicotinoids  and  their  impact  on ecosystem services for agriculture and onbiodiversity in Africa.

The resultant report has collated an unprecedented amount of information, identified gaps in scientific knowledge and research relating to neonicotinoids in Africa, and developed key recommendations from science to policy-makers to ensure the sustainability of African agriculture and thus food security.

This  event  serves  to  introduce  the  report,  including  an  update  on  recent  scientific  and  policy developments regarding neonicotinoids in Africa, and to discuss its implications with a wide range of stakeholders, with the aim of stimulating policy and researchaction on this important issue. The target  audience  and  participants include  South  African  and  Southern  African  Development Community  (SADC)  policymakers,  regulatory  agencies,  government  departments,  agricultural associations,  extension-service  providers,research  institutes,  international  development  agencies, representatives  of  embassies,  and  other  interested  stakeholders.

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