Quick Start Programme Stories

Equitable access to chemicals training through Electronic Distance Learning

Chemicals management through the development of Electronic distance learning tool (eDLT)

Celebrating Women-Lead QSP Projects

International Women’s Day offers an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women around the world, including in the field of chemicals and health. Women have played a significant role in several prominent Quick Start Programme projects. Just one example of this is a recent project lead by Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF) in the Balkans.

Improving food security in Lesotho through the proper use of herbicides

In Lesotho, one project funded by the Quick Start Programme Trust Fund, entitled ‘Strengthening the capacity of smallholder farmers, extension staff and agro-dealers on judicious use of herbicides’, helped to increase the knowledge of the safe use of herbicides and other pesticides among these key groups to improve crop outcomes, protect the health of communities and prevent damage to the environment.

Mali and Senegal communities monitoring pesticides

Thanks to the funding received from the Quick Start Programme Trust Fund, the Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Africa implemented a number of activities with communities in Mali and Senegal to raise awareness and build capacity of civil society organizations and local communities to reduce risks related to pesticides use in agricultural and health sector, and to monitor and gather data on pesticide use and incidents of exposure to chemicals.

SAICM Informs Consumers' choice in Serbia

“We are aware of the benefits of the current time we live in. Today we can choose a similar toy from various producers, however, we do not usually take into consideration on the chemical composition and its possible harmful effects. This campaign reminded me to think twice before I buy a new toy for my child, and to choose smartly”, said one mother during the “The fight to know!” campaign".

Better worker protection is also good for business

Cátedra del Olmo set up a women's association, Hacia el Futuro (Towards the future) in the town of la Pascuala, Samaná region, Dominican Republic in 2008. The group started a cooperative to produce cleaning products, cooking them up on a small wood stove to begin with, and marketing them to local businesses including hotels, offices and hospitals. The income gave the women, most of them single parents, enough to feed their families.

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