Our Vision


We envision a world without any borders for the production and distribution of food, feed and fiber. Our goal is to create a world where:

  • growers of all crops in all countries have equal access to the same safe methods of plant protection
  • non-tariff trade-barriers for agricultural crops have disappeared, and 
  • the health of people and their environment is protected.

Our path is global cooperation in the authorization of plant protection products and their uses.

Introduction

The Globalization of business, finance, trade, travel, fashion, construction, engineering, art, communication and science has almost been completed. Yet, every year, thousands of tons of perfectly healthy food, feed and fiber crops are destroyed due to discrepancies in the authorizations and uses of plant protection products. It happens when growers in an export country have used a plant protection product on a crop which is not authorized for this use in the importing country.

Such barriers to the equal distribution of food, feed and fiber are non-tariff trade-barriers that can not be resolved in a court room but only through global cooperation in the authorization of plant protection products among and between farmers, processors, traders, the pesticide industry and government. If we are sincere in wanting to eliminate world hunger we need to cooperate because worldwide, the removal of these trade-barriers requires the authorization of over 60 million individual crop/pest/product/country combinations. This task can only be accomplished by using the tools and guidelines that have been developed by governments and companies from OECD member and observer states.

Plant Protection

In agriculture we plant large surfaces with a single plant species. Such a situation would not normally occur in Nature where many plant species are interspersed even on the smallest surfaces.

This way of monocultural planting allows us to produce enough food, feed and fiber for the people of the world. But organisms such as insects, plant pathogens and weeds thrive on this kind of cultivation as well as we do. Growers therefore need protection for their crops, both in the fields and in storage facilities from potential damage by pests.

Plant protection methods can be cultural, mechanical, chemical or biological. For each crop and pest combination growers have to choose methods that at the same time protect their crop, and are legal and affordable. IDRG Plant Protection supports growers in making a strategic choice in plant protection that not only allows them to grow a crop but to trade it as well. Whenever and wherever plant protection seems to be inadequate we make the growers' voices heard.

We need 'Plant Protection without Borders'.

Authorization

Plant protection products, whether chemical or biological, have to be approved by government before they can be manufactured, sold and used in agricultural fields. The approval of a plant protection product and its consequent uses require a scientific assessment of information that industry provides to the authorities. The amount of information to be assessed includes thousands of pages of data and scientific conclusions. For a long time governments and industry know that on both sides the workload is too high to be accomplished. We have to stop ignoring that 'elephant in the room'. IDRG Plant Protection therefore supports companies in the preparation of a single global data package for review by several regulators simultaneously.

Cooperation

Cooperation between growers, academia, industry and governments across international borders is essential for:

  • providing growers with the opportunity to inform industry and government about unresolved plant protection issues,
  • generating global data packages for all technically and scientifically useful crop/pest/product combinations,
  • allowing governments to share the scientific workload that precedes all regulatory decisions. 

A single data package for a product and all the plant protection needs it can address in the world is generated cooperatively by a task force and reviewed in cooperation among regulators of different countries. This way we can achieve the global harmonization in the use of plant protection products that has long been needed. IDRG Plant Protection builds product specific task forces and supports the agrochemical and agrobiological industry in their interactions with regulators and growers. In a cooperative approach, people build a task force for a common purpose, while also pursuing their individual goals.

Our Offer


We offer strategies for a product to be approved worldwide, for building and managing multi-sectorial and multinational task forces in the authorization of a plant protection product and its uses, for overcoming incompatibilities of current regulatory decisions and for the development of business partnerships where competition does not seem to profit anybody.

  • Cross-sector Workshops for growers, scientists, industry and regulators
  • Strategic Consulting for all four stakeholder groups involved in the global harmonization of plant production and protection (Plant Protection without Borders)
  • On the job training for all four stakeholder groups to implement the content of our workshops.

Tools

The cooperation between hundreds of people in almost two hundred countries, with different expertise and job descriptions calls for technical tools to manage and facilitate communication, compatibility and exchange of expertise. These tools have been developed by governments and industry under the leadership/guidance of OECDFor global cooperation in plant protection to take place, growers and the food processing industry require the following tools:

  • a database that provides detailed information of all currently authorized crop/pest/product/country combinations (Global Plant Protection Database) and trade movements of agricultural produce
  • a database that collects detailed information of all currently missing crop/pest/product/country combinations (Global Needs Database), and
  • a venue to coordinate the cooperation among and between growers, industry and governments 

The key tools that the plant protection industry needs today are:

  • an internationally harmonized, product- and use-specific list of scientific and technical data requirements,
  • internationally harmonized norms,
  • examples for acceptable scientific studies protocols,
  • international templates for writing up study reports and scientific rationales, and
  • an internationally accepted software that gathers the hundreds of documents of a data package 

Further, the regulatory authorities need:

  • a single data package that all authorities have access to,
  • international templates for writing up scientific reviews,
  • internationally harmonized models to conduct risk assessments,
  • internationally harmonized norms to for risk mitigation, and
  • internationally harmonized norms to take regulatory decisions.

All these tools are available with us at IDRG. For further details, please contact us.