With the aim of increasing the knowledge and understanding of agricultural technologies for crop protection, CropLife Latin America offers various educational tools directed at regulatory authorities, distributors, farmers, technicians, agronomists, personnel of the agrochemical industry companies, students and people involved in the agricultural chain.

 Education and understanding of the responsible use of pesticides, phytosanitary or crop protection products are key factors in moving towards a more sustainable agriculture, said José Perdomo, President of CropLife Latin America.

The courses and/or virtual guides are completely free; four are available in Spanish and three of these also in Portuguese. TheFAO course on the International Code for Pesticide Management was the first to be launched at the end of 2010. The reception to the course was so positive by distributors, authorities, agrochemical industry staff, agronomy students and farmers that CropLife Latin America decided to start a second stage and designed three new courses launched in 2015: 

Biological beds, a Swedish technology that helps prevent soil contamination from accidental spills of pesticides when mixtures are prepared.  

Life Cycle of a Plant Protection Product, in which the student is taken on a journey through the more than 10 years that each new molecule is researched and developed.

CampoLimpio (Clean Field), a program that provides a responsible final disposal of empty pesticide containers.

The Biological Beds course (BIODEP) was recently updated thanks to the joint work of CropLife Latin America and researchers of the Swedish Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering, who answered 9 key questions about the implementation of biological beds in Latin America and recommended that research centers and universities evaluate this technology.

Managing virtual education is key so that Latin America can realize its agricultural potential in a sustainable manner. Since we launched our first course to the present we have more than 11,000 students who have completed and approved the online courses. This year we will launch a new course on Good Agricultural and Apicultural Practices that aims to protect the health of pollinators. This is in addition to the face-to-face training programs run by the network of national associations in 18 countries of the region, which according to preliminary reports trained more than 150 thousand people, adds Perdomo.

The countries that recorded the greatest participation of students in the virtual courses in 2016 were Mexico, Colombia and Peru.

Those interested in the different courses can register for free at www.croplifela.org.