Sustainable Pesticide Management Framework

The Sustainable Pesticide Management Framework (SPMF) is a five-year holistic program in support of sustainable and responsible use of pesticides. It is a key global flagship program and foundational commitment by CropLife International, with deployment in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. It is currently underway in Kenya, Morocco, Egypt, Chile, Guatemala, Thailand and Vietnam and will expand to nine countries by 2025.

We are excited to share the SPMF 2023 Annual Report and introductory animated short (below), highlighting the achievements to date in the first three years of the program’s operation. With a specific focus on Kenya, Morocco, Thailand and Vietnam, the report details the public-private partnerships, enhanced regulatory frameworks, and innovative technologies being brought to life in these diverse countries with the common cause of advancing sustainable pesticide management practices globally.

The program aims to build capacity of the local countries to establish a framework that manages pesticides sustainably to protect human health, safeguard the environment and optimize crop production in addressing climate change, biodiversity loss and food insecurity. This is guided by the International Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management, the foundational commitment by CropLife International, its members and its network, aligned with the purpose and vision of the association to advance innovation in agriculture for enabling sustainable food systems.


Low- and middle-income countries are most vulnerable to today’s global triple challenge of sustainable food systems characterized by climate change, biodiversity loss and food security. In low- and middle-income countries and tropical climates, the impact of crop losses on food security and farmer livelihoods can be particularly severe.

To manage this balance, SPMF aims to build local capacity to establish a framework for sustainable pesticide management that reduces the risk of pesticides to protect human health and safeguard the environment while ensuring crop productivity is optimized.

Recognizing the extensive scope and resource-intensive needs to implement the Code, SPMF serves to provide the countries with the necessary technical and financial capacity to establish an integrated framework that fulfills the Code’s wide scope for sustainable pesticide management.

SPMF is built upon three interlinked pillars that reinforce CropLife’s commitment to sustainable pesticide management:

  1. Reducing reliance on Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs): while these pesticides are essential for farmers, we are working diligently to minimize their use and mitigate risks to human and environmental health.
  2. Accelerating innovations for farmers: we are expanding the toolbox available to farmers, promoting innovative approaches that enhance productivity while minimizing ecological impact.
  3. Driving responsible pesticide practices: our framework actively encourages the adoption of responsible and effective pesticide practices that align with the principles of sustainable agriculture.

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Three Pillars of SPMF

Three pillars graphic