Project Details World Crop Protection Chemistry Institute: Developing Global Leaders for Research, Regulation and Stewardship in the 21st Century

Project No.:
2013-019-4-600
Start Date:
01 December 2013
End Date:
01 August 2015
Division Name:
Chemistry and the Environment Division
Division No.:
600

Objective

Increasing sophistication of crop protection chemistry, growing expectations for agricultural sustainability, and globalization of the chemical, seed and food trade will pose a unique array of challenges for the next generation of research and regulatory leaders. The purpose of this project is to bring together global crop protection chemistry leadership from academia, industry, government and NGO’s to a) examine the current state of affairs with respect to research and regulatory leadership development, b) discuss unmet needs and future changes in crop protection chemistry that will challenge current approaches, and c) develop a set of specific recommendations for ensuring that tomorrow’s crop protection chemistry leaders have a well-rounded, science-based and globally informed approach.

Description

The technologies associated with crop protection chemistry have grown ever more sophisticated as efforts advance to provide sufficient food and fiber for a burgeoning world population. At the same time, societal expectations for stewardship, human safety, environmental protection and agricultural sustainability with respect to use of crop protection chemistry tools are also increasing. Based on international trade opportunities for agrochemicals and food crops and the recognition of transnational environmental quality impacts the crop protection chemistry industry has adopted an internationalized approach to development and marketing of crop protection chemistry products. A number of national authorities have also taken steps towards cooperative evaluation approaches and international harmonization of regulatory standards supporting free trade. As globalization continues, three important questions need to be considered. First, what will be the key challenges in the future for ensuring an adequate food supply in a sustainable manner? Second, how are we currently preparing and educating the next generation of leaders to optimize both local and global interests in pursuit of research and regulation of crop protection chemistry? Third, what further actions and educational resources are required to ensure that tomorrow’s global crop protection chemistry leaders have a well-rounded, science-based and globally informed approach?

The purpose of this project is to bring together global crop protection chemistry leadership from academia, industry, government and NGO’s to a) examine the current state of affairs with respect to research, regulatory and stewardship leadership development, b) discuss unmet needs and future changes in crop protection chemistry that will challenge current approaches, and c) develop a set of specific recommendations for ensuring that tomorrow’s crop protection chemistry leaders have a well-rounded, science-based and globally informed approach.

A key to success for the project recommendations will be to ensure a diversity of viewpoints and interests are engaged in their development. Task group membership has been developed to represent a diversity of interests, organizations, and geographies, and representatives of additional regions (e.g., Brazil, China, Eastern Europe, Africa) and affiliations (e.g., NGO’s) will also be invited to participate. A survey tool will be utilized to gather and collate as much information as possible from various stakeholders. This information will form the basis for a 1-day world crop protection chemistry leadership institute in which a series of invited lectures and two panel discussions will be used to develop consensus around an initial set of recommendations. The leadership institute will be held immediately prior to the 13th IUPAC International Congress of Pesticide Chemistry, to be organized in cooperation with the American Chemical Society in San Francisco, USA during August of 2014. Organizing the institute on the day prior to the Congress will allow minimization of venue costs and greatly reduce travel costs by those among the anticipated 1500 delegates for the Congress who also are invited or choose to participate in the institute.

Progress

May 2014 – Project announcement published in Chem. Int. May-June 2014, p. 15; DOI: 10.1515/ci.2014.36.3.15

A perspective titled “Developing Global Leaders for Research, Regulation, and Stewardship of Crop Protection Chemistry in the 21st Century” is published in J. Agric. Food Chem., Articles ASAP (April 9, 2015); https://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jf5060744

Project completed

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