• Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture
  • Agriculture: A priority for sustainable development in the Americas

Biobeds in agriculture: a good practice for protecting health and reducing environmental risks

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San José
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Good agricultural practices (GAP) with an integrative approach are a key tool in the management of sanitary, phytosanitary and environmental risks in agriculture. One example of a good agricultural practice is the adequate disposal of pesticide residues in order to reduce the risk of environmental pollution, protect the health of workers, and contribute to food safety.

To meet this requirement, producers and governments must overcome great challenges. Specifically, they must be aware of technology available: in the case of producers, in order to adequately manage residues of pesticides utilized on their crops, and, in the case of governments, to verify the implementation of these technologies and assure the population that risks in agricultural production are being managed adequately.

Within this context, biobeds are a valuable technological innovation of great use to agricultural producers. Although this Swedish technology was developed in the 1990s, its use and benefits remain unfamiliar to many producers across the Americas. Biobeds have been broadly studied and improved since their creation, particularly by researchers from different parts of the world who have driven research and validation through the Ibero-American Biobeds Network, in order to broaden the use of this technology in agriculture.

In view of the foregoing, and as part of its efforts to increase agriculture’s resilience through comprehensive risk management, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) has organized this technical forum together with the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA), the Ibero-American Biobeds Network, and the University of Costa Rica (UCR). Its purpose is to promote the adequate disposal of pesticide residues and, in this way, reduce the risk of environmental pollution as well as improve health protection.

General objective

To contribute to increasing agriculture’s resilience through the use of technologies that reduce the risk of environmental pollution and protect food safety.

Target audience

Producers; exporters; authorities and technical specialists of the ministries of agriculture and of the environment of the countries; technical specialists of GAP programs; official inspectors; auditors; and representatives of research centers, universities and pesticide companies, among other stakeholders involved in GAP.


Date: Thursday May 3, 2018

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Costa Rica time)

Language: Spanish with simultaneous interpretation in English

Document: Biobeds in agriculture: appropriate technology to minimize the risk of contamination from pesticide use


8:30 - 8:45Welcoming remarksFederico Villarreal, IICA; Luciano Gebler, EMBRAPA; Carlos Rodríguez, University of Costa Rica; and Marco Vinicio Jiménez, State Phytosanitary Service
8:45 - 9:00Objectives of the event within the framework of GAP and resilienceAlejandra Díaz, IICA
9:00 - 9:30Why is the use of biobeds important in agriculture?Carlos Rodríguez, CICA/UCR
9:30 - 9:45Recess
9:30 - 10:00The use of biobeds in Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countriesLuciano Gebler, EMBRAPA
10:00 - 11:30What opportunities and limitations for broadening the use of biobeds in agriculture have countries identified?Costa Rica: Luis Ángel González, State Phytosanitary Service and Cindy Chavarría Castro, INA. Honduras: Katya Castillo, SENASA-SAG. Brasil: Ricardo Dourado Furtado, MAPA, Rio Grande do Sul. Guatemala: Josue Teo Molina, AGREQUIMA. Chile: Jorge Diaz, INIA, Carillanca.
11:30 - 12:00Session for questions
12:00Conclusions and close of event

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