Pesticide Risk Reduction

Knowledge for life

To respond to the needs of farmers and the systems that support them, PlantwisePlus helps countries to predict, prevent, and prepare for plant health threats and reduce crop losses. Delivered through gender-sensitive and climate-resilient approaches, PlantwisePlus is tackling the challenges facing smallholder production through three impact pathways:

The Pesticide Risk Reduction pathway

Due to increasing plant health threats, more pesticides are used every year around the world. PlantwisePlus recognizes the urgent need to increase the uptake of lower-risk plant protection products by farmers.

The Pesticide risk reduction pathway is focused on raising awareness of, access to, and use of affordable integrated pest management solutions.

By working closely with national and local government entities, commercial enterprises, and farmers, we identify opportunities to reduce pesticide-related risks.

This includes identifying and implementing classical biocontrol methods and harnessing the potential of augmentative biocontrol and biopesticide solutions to reduce the impact of priority pests.

Phthorimaea absoluta in Kenya

Raising awareness of pesticide risk

Using policy streaming and awareness raising, PlantwisePlus will support plant health staekholders to learn about pesticide risk, and identify lower-risk plant protection products.


Safe and sustainable crop protection

Smallholder farmers will have access to and apply safer crop production practices such as biological control and biopesticides.


Increased uptake of integrated pest management solutions

Through better support from PlantwisePlus, stakeholders throughout the farming community will have a better understanding of IPM practices and be empowered to promote safer alternatives.

Related blogs

Related tools


CABI Bioprotection Portal

The CABI BioProtection Portal is a free tool that enables users to discover information about registered biocontrol and biopesticide products around the world.


Crop Sprayer App

The Crop Sprayer is a free mobile app that helps users to calculate how much plant protection product to use when treating crops

Research and publications

Insights into farmer group effectiveness for promoting the adoption of safe food production standards

Type Study brief

Published in Study Brief 46: Learning

Language English

Year 2023

PlantwisePlus Annual Report 2022 cover

PlantwisePlus Annual Report 2022

Type Annual review

Language English

Year 2023

Focus countries