Adetonah Sounkoura

Director of GAPROFFA - Benin

GAPROFFA research works on chemicals contributes to the capacity building through awareness-raising, training, advocacy and research at 3 levels:
At the Micro level: Target groups are the actors most exposed to chemicals. They are farmers, craftsmen, transporters and all the tradesmen, including women and youth. The messages sensitize these target groups on the rational using of chemicals in their activities because most of them are illiterate.
At the Meso level: The target groups are extension agents, research assistants, technicians and. The Training of Trainers (ToT) is organized to equip these agents to take over and reach many people. These trained agents will then educate thousands of people in their communities. This group is also involved in research on the analysis of samples. For example, the study on the analysis of sampling on lead paint in Benin has been carried out by the technicians.
At the Macro level: This level concerns decision-makers, authorities and government. We carried out the advocacy through newspapers, policy briefs and press releases. These documents are distributed in the ministries to inform decision-makers on the making of laws and decrees in favour of the rational management of chemicals and their wastes on the territory for their adoptions at the Assembly.
We participated in meetings on the management of the chemical products as such COPs, BRS, MEA, IP, Minamata.
We are the focal point NGO SAICM in Benin and fully member of IPEN and Gender in Chemicals.

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