Agriculture Program: Do pesticides Cause More Harm Than Good? Mitigating the Health and Environmental Risks of Pesticides

Pesticide use has increased steadily throughout the developing world since the Green Revolution of the 1960s, and demand is increasing due to the expanding adoption of large-scale monoculture agriculture. 

While pesticides are commonly claimed to contribute to food security and income in developing countries, low-threshold approval procedures, insufficient education regarding the hazardous nature of the active ingredients, and inadequate occupational safety can often lead to widespread human rights violations and devastating impacts on human health, biodiversity, and the environment. Unacceptable pesticide residues also frequently impede international trade.

This webinar provided an overview of the adverse health, environmental, social, and economic impacts of pesticides and highlight sustainable practices to minimize these impacts. It also touched upon the multilateral conventions that govern the trade and safety of pesticides and their shortcomings


Mark Davis, Director of Agriculture and Regulatory Outreach, University of Edinburgh
Mark Davis has been a policy maker, regulator, project director, researcher, and advocate in the fields of agriculture and development for almost 40 years, including in key roles at the UN where he developed programs to: (a) remove obsolete pesticides from Africa (Africa Stockpiles Program); (b) advance the global agenda on pesticide risk reduction; and (c) develop a widely accepted approach to sustainable intensification of crop production (Save & Grow).

Nadine Cavusoglu, Director of Agriculture Program, EMIA (moderator)
The event is open to financial professionals, issuers, and EMIA partners only.