Agricultural pesticides

In 2016, pesticide sales amounted to 5.1 kilograms per hectare of agricultural land in Belgium. To achieve the sustainable development goal by 2030, this figure must decrease.

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Agricultural pesticides - Belgium and international comparison


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Calculations FPB based on FPS Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment (2015), Ventes de pesticides 2007-2013 (direct communication); Statistics Belgium (2018), Annual data on active substances (kg) from commercial products covered by an authorization for the placing on the market of plant protection products 2012-2016; Statistics Belgium (2010-2017), Chiffres-clés de l'agriculture 2010 à 2016, & Eurostat (2018), Pesticide sales [aei_fm_salpest09] and Land use: number of farms and areas of different crops by type of farming [ef_oluft], (consulted on 17/09/2018).

UN target: 2.4 - By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality.

UN indicator: the selected indicator does not correspond to a UN indicator, but is related to UN target 2.4.


  • SDGs, Sustainable Development Goals: United Nations (2015), Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 25 September 2015, document A/RES/70/1.

  • Indicators: United Nations (2017), Work of the Statistical Commission pertaining to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 6 July 2017, document A/RES/71/313.

  • UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform: (consulted on 23/10/2018).

  • Sustainable Development Goal indicators website: (consulted on 23/10/2018).

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