Using pesticide policies as a tool for implementing the 25 Year Environment Plan

2018-02-22T16:03:42+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In January 2018, the UK government launched A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment (hereafter referred to as ‘the Plan’). The Plan lays out a range of goals and policies designed to ‘help the natural world regain and retain health’ and restates the government’s commitment [...]

Our initial reaction to the UK government’s 25 Year Environment Plan

2018-02-22T15:48:50+00:00 January 11th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , |

11th January 2018 PAN UK welcomes the government's 25 Year Environment Plan and in particular the commitment to support farmers working hard to protect the environment. However, in terms of pesticides, the plan launched today is unfortunately light on detail and includes no new, concrete commitments. While PAN UK welcomes [...]

First certified organic cotton farmers in Ethiopia

2018-01-11T17:36:36+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Project success as 200 Ethiopian farmers become the first to produce certified organic cotton in the country Since 2013, with financial support from TRAID and in collaboration with PAN-Ethiopia, our project in southern Ethiopia has provided training for over 2000 smallholder cotton farmers. Training in our Farmer Field Schools demonstrates [...]

Life-changing training in Ethiopia

2017-11-28T07:17:31+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

by Sam Claydon, Communications Officer, PAN UK (19th September 2017) PAN UK is working with partners and colleagues in Ethiopia to teach smallholder cotton farmers how to manage their fields using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods in order to move away from an over-reliance on pesticides. In a lucky turn [...]

The Pesticide-Free Towns Campaign hits Scotland

2017-07-18T10:49:15+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

by Josie Cohen, Head of Policy & Campaigns (18th July 2017) The movement to end the use of pesticides in the UK’s towns and cities enjoyed its first foray into Scotland a few weeks ago. Me and two PAN UK colleagues headed north of the border for a couple of [...]

New Milling Equipment for Organic Cotton Farmers in Benin

2017-11-27T20:19:42+00:00 April 25th, 2017|Tags: , , |

On Tuesday 28th March 2017, Sheila Willis, PAN UK's Head of International Programmes, travelled with a group from Obepab to the small village of Aliwou in central Benin. The temperature was around 40 C and it had not rained for weeks. Villagers gathered to meet them and although they were already [...]