Workshop: Advancing Regulatory Harmonisation and Biopesticide Innovation in Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

4 – 8 March 2024

Scientific Organiser

Dennis Obonyo Ndolo (ICGEB Cape Town, South Africa) and Stella Simiyu (CropLife Africa Middle East)


Meeting Contact

ICGEB Cape Town Component
[email protected]

In collaboration with

Deadline for receipt of applications:
25 January 2024 – Deadline extended
Formal applications closed on 18 January 2024. In response to requests from potential applicants, a new deadline has been set for 25 January 2024. However selected applicants from applications received between 18 January and 25 January 2024 will be asked to either cover their costs to participate at the workshop or will be provided with link to join virtually. Potential exhibitors are encouraged to reach out to [email protected]
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Biopesticides (and biological control agents) are integral components of sustainable agriculture and increasingly important tools within Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies. Like all other commercial pest control products, biopesticides must be regulated before they can be registered and made available for use by farmers. However, the diverse regulatory landscape for plant protection products across various African countries continues to significantly and adversely impact biopesticide research, development, and innovation. It is, therefore, necessary to tailor not only regulatory approaches to suit the unique needs of the various countries on the continent but also harmonise such approaches across the region to create a cohesive framework that facilitates the effective registration and use of these products. It is also necessary to support and promote innovation in the field to ensure a continuous pipeline of effective biopesticide solutions. Once registered, proper product stewardship, including storage and handling, is required to ensure they remain effective.

The workshop will bring together regulatory professionals, researchers, industry experts, and policymakers to discuss various aspects of regional and continental harmonisation of registration of guidelines for biopesticides in Africa. Discussions will focus on, amongst others, the latest research findings, regulatory experiences, and innovations within the sector with the overarching goal of catalysing the development of the biopesticides industry in Africa. The workshop will explore and share stewardship practices that should be employed to achieve effectiveness in handling biopesticides, including safety guidelines and how such practices can be incorporated into IPM strategies. The workshop will also feature a dedicated exhibition space, providing a platform for showcasing existing innovations, ongoing research and development efforts, and industry advancements. The event will be pivotal in advancing sustainable agriculture on the continent by fostering collaboration, promoting innovation, and providing a platform for knowledge exchange.

Topics

Regulatory landscape for biopesticides and biocontrol agents; Understanding regulatory harmonisation; Case studies of regulatory harmonisation; Prospects for continental guidelines; Biopesticide innovation and stewardship.

Participants

Applications will be evaluated based on the extent of present or potential engagement in the development of harmonised regional guidelines for registering biopesticides and biological control agents, as well as their translation and adaptation for national implementation. National pesticide/biopesticide regulatory officials are especially encouraged to apply.

Individuals currently involved in projects or endeavours that align with the workshop’s objectives are encouraged to submit a brief abstract (under 500 words) summarising their work. The program includes a poster session, and applicants are invited to indicate, as part of their application, whether they intend to showcase their work during this session. Awards will be granted to the top three poster presentations.

All applications to be submitted online

Application deadline: 18 January 2024.

Formal applications closed on 18 January 2024. In response to requests from potential applicants, a new deadline has been set for 25 January 2024. However selected applicants from applications received between 18 January and 25 January 2024 will be asked to either cover their costs to participate at the workshop or will be provided with link to join virtually. Potential exhibitors are encouraged to reach out to [email protected]

Note: If you have already applied for the workshop on Harmonizing regulatory requirements for biopesticides and biological control agents: From principles to practice, originally planned for February 27-29, 2024, there is no need to submit a new application. The content of that workshop has been integrated into the current one, and the dates have been adjusted accordingly

Opportunities for companies, industry associations, academic institutions, and other stakeholders to showcase their work in biopesticide research and development will be available at a cost. If you are interested in exhibiting during the workshop, please reach out to [email protected] via email. Exhibition slots will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Funding

A limited number of grants including air travel, accommodation (bed and breakfast) and local hospitality for the duration of the workshop, will be offered to selected applicants.



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Meeting Location

 Southern Sun Newlands 
7 Main Rd, Newlands
Cape Town, 7700 South Africa