The Financing Agrochemical Reduction and Management (FARM) Programme aims “to catalyse a framework for investment in the agriculture sector which looks to detoxify the sector by eliminating the use of the most harmful inputs to food production systems through a set of individual but connected child projects”. It also aims “to influence global investment conditions on chemicals and plastics in sustainable agriculture programmes, catalyse the expansion of and compliance with global agricultural sustainability standards, and thus accelerate the adoption of low/no-chemical alternatives and decreased use of agrochemicals and agri-plastics”. The UNIDO child project has taken into account the role of the Asian region in food production to target two (2) countries: India and Philippines. The total consumption of pesticides and existing application of biopesticides is around 70,755 tonnes, in which, India (58,160 tonnes) is ranked at the 4th largest pesticide manufacturer globally and has advanced technology on formulations of biopesticides, and the Philippines (12,595 tonnes) has agriculturally based economy where around 13 million hectares of the total land area of 30 million hectares constitutes agricultural farmland.
The project has the following main components:
- Component 1: Government regulatory capacity, which aims to enable environment for introduction of crop protection solutions to reduce POPs and HHPs 2.
- Component 2: Finance and investment, which serves the purposes of enhancing finance and investment in development, production and application of biopesticides, safe chemical alternatives and other biocontrol agents.
- Component 3: Capacity and knowledge dissemination, which will rise the capacity building and awareness in the formulation, production and application of biopesticides, safe chemical alternatives and other biocontrol agents carried out.
- Component 4: Project Monitoring and Evaluation, in which an effective and efficient project implementation and monitoring based on GEF and UNIDO requirements and standards will be conducted.
The project is expected to be implemented for 5 years and the estimated total budget is USD 3,500,000 for the project component including project management costs.
Deadline for submission is on 17 January 2023. Please see below for the full Terms of Reference.