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altPesticides are the only toxic chemicals that are made to be deliberately released into the environment. In developing countries and countries with economies in transition, they are used by poor farmers without the knowledge, training, and protective equipment to use them as instructed so as to minimise contamination.

The poor are disproportionately affected by the negative effects of direct and indirect exposure to persistent, mobile, bio-accumulative toxins used to control pests in poor countries: health problems affect their ability to work and feed themselves and their families, while environmental contamination affects ‘environmental services’ they rely on such as rivers, soils, and biodiversity.

While pesticides in the global North are subject to some kind of regulation, in poor countries, where the problems are greater, regulators are weak and under-resourced. However chemical safety and pesticide regulation is often not a development priority.

PAN works with partners in developing countries to ensure that civil society is aware of the conventions and can contribute to implementing them nationally.

We are active in three key areas:
• Multi-stakeholder approaches
• Community based monitoring
• Eco-toxicological monitoring

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