The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), in collaboration with the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) has recently completed a project exploring the use and effects of neonicotinoids in African agriculture. This project brought together experts from 17 African countries, reviewed the relevant African scientific literature, and analysed the state of knowledge on neonicotinoids and their impact on ecosystem services for agriculture and on biodiversity in Africa. The resultant report has collated an unprecedented amount of information, identified gaps in scientific knowledge and research relating to neonicotinoids in Africa, and developed key recommendations from science to policy-makers to ensure the sustainability of African agriculture and thus food security. To disseminate the report and discuss its findings with a broad range of stakeholders, the report will be launched in Pretoria, South Africa. Following an introduction of the report by involved scientists
and a discussion of its findings, a series of workshops will discuss and identify practical ways forward to addressing the threats from neonicotinoids from a range of perspectives.