In Kenya, the agricultural industry is the backbone of the economy, contributing approximately 33 percent of the country’s gross domestic product. The agriculture sector is a source of employment for more than 40 percent of the total population and 70 percent of the rural population.
Pest control products have a significant impact on this economic sector, ensuring higher yields, reduced post-harvest losses, increased quality of crop production thus improving market competitiveness and supporting export opportunities. The use of PCPs in all contexts is highly regulated. The regulatory framework for pesticides encompasses national, regional, and international legislation and conventions that help assure safety for users, consumers and the environment.
In Kenya, the Pest Control Products Board (PCPB) is the statutory organisation that regulates the importation and exportation, manufacture, distribution and use of pest control products. The crop protection industry in Kenya, represented by aak-GROW/CropLife Kenya, is committed to ensuring the health and safety of individuals and communities and has been at the forefront championing stewardship and regulatory frameworks that support the use of PCPs.