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 [...]

Pesticide-Free Cotton in Ethiopia

2017-11-28T07:18:08+00:00 May 31st, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , |

Since 2013 we have been working to support cotton farmers in Southern Ethiopia to adopt safer and more sustainable methods of growing pesticide-free cotton. We now have 2000 smallholder farmers achieving average yields over 100% higher than before. An organic cotton producers’ cooperative is selling Grade A organic cotton [...]

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 [...]

Bees Need Dandelions. People Need Bees.

2017-07-10T16:41:00+00:00 February 23rd, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

The spring is fast approaching and bees are starting to come out of hibernation, we saw our first this week, and they will be desperate for food. Dandelions are a great source of food for them and they are hugely abundant everywhere, in towns and cities, the countryside, parks, [...]

More Companies to be Assessed in Second Sustainable Cotton Ranking

2017-07-10T16:41:30+00:00 January 30th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

Pesticide Action Network (PAN) UK, Solidaridad and WWF have released the list of companies that will be assessed in the new round of their Sustainable Cotton Ranking to be published in October 2017. The second edition of the ranking will include major companies from all continents, including from countries such [...]