Responsible Use of Agrochemicals

This GCP Collective Action Initiative seeks to improve all Coffee Sustainability Curriculum practices related to agrochemical issues at farm level. 

Agrochemicals control pests and diseases and allow growers to maximize productivity, profitability and stability of production. However, over time, excessive use of agrochemicals can be harmful to both the crop and the workers. The intensity of chemical use in some regions needs to be decreased and the approach to worker safety enhanced.  


While studies show the smaller the grower the more likely safety practices will be ignored, a responsible approach to agrochemicals needs to be taken up by all growers.

By adopting safe and efficient approaches, coffee growers can improve output, ensure crop sustainability, worker health and mitigate future issues. With a focus on worker education, access to information, and the adoption of even simple practices like personal protection equipment usage, farmers will be empowered to use agrochemicals responsibly to ensure that coffee production will be sustainable in the long term. 

The main goal of the project is to improve practices of the Coffee Sustainability Curriculum related to agrochemical issues at farm level. Target achievements of this initiative include:
  • Agrochemical handlers use personal protection equipment in all situations of risk of contamination.  
  • Participating growers in this initiative are properly trained in agrochemical application. 
  • Proper agrochemical storage places in the farm of participating growers. 
  • Return all agrochemical packages and have return receipts.



Increasing personal protection equipment usage among farmers


Improving proper storage of agrochemicals


Training of growers and workers in the application of agrochemicals


Proper disposal of chemical packages

Target Areas

Minas Gerais, São Paulo, Espírito Santo, Paraná and Rondonia. Specific areas covered: South Minas, Mogiana region of São Paulo and Paraná; Conilon growing areas of Espírito Santo and Rondonia.  birizi 


JUL ’18 – DEC ’23 

Launch Partners

Cecafé, BASF, Bayer, Ecom, Keurig DrPepper, JDE, Nestlé, Olam, Senar, Syngenta, Tchibo 

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This Member Initiative is currently in Ripe Stage.

This means that additional partners who wish to join the initiative and contribute to increasing its scale are more than encouraged to join. To express your interest in becoming a partner, please contact the Program Manager.


Interested in further information?

Pedro Ronca

GCP Brazil Program Directoremail me