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Video developed by IFDC/CLAME to sensitize farmers on the dangers of buying fake agro chemicals

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Submitted by brucek on Tue, 26/02/2013 - 11:43

Unscrupulous entrepreneurs produce counterfeit pesticide packaging and fill it with inert product, sell inferior grain as quality seed and palm gravel off as fertilizer.  Neither law enforcement agencies nor Ministries of Agriculture nor the private sector have been able to make any real headway in reducing this illegal trading which, according to Felix Jumbe, Executive Director of the Seed Trade Association of Malawi, “makes the poor poorer.”

With support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through theCommon Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), IFDC is helping eliminate counterfeit crop protection products (CPPs) which account for about 30% of the agro chemical sales in Sub-Saharan Africa. IFDC staff members have designed a simple countermeasure and, in partnership with CropLife Africa Middle East (CLAME) and CropLife Uganda, has launched a program to scientifically test the effectiveness of the methodology.

The program is using a simple technology called Mobile Authentication Service (MAS) which can be adopted by farmers even in remote areas on any mobile phone because it is similar to loading airtime and is well-known to everybody.

The program is supported by the Uganda Ministry of Agriculture, the Uganda National Agro-Input Dealers Association (UNADA) and the Grameen Foundation.

 Full article in this link: http://teca.fao.org/discussion/eliminating-fake-agrochemicals-using-sms-mobile-phone

 Contribution: Bruce Kisitu & Peter Bloch