Tsunami relief efforts by the pesticide industry to safeguard public health and the environment along the coasts of 11 South Asian and African nations were outlined today in a summary, "Doing a World of Good: Plant Science Industry Contributions to Tsunami Relief," issued by CropLife America to mark the observance of World Water Day.

Coordinating closely with the World Health Organization, the Red Cross, CARE, UNICEF, the World Food Program and other relief organizations, CropLife America's member companies donated products to help in controlling transmissible diseases such as diarrhea infections, malaria and other hemorrhagic fevers, water purification plants to rapidly secure a supply of clean water for the victims, human health disinfectants, as well as insecticides to reduce the risk of dengue fever spreading in affected regions.

CropLife America and its federation of international associations have orchestrated humanitarian programs of both cash and individual employee actions as part of the crop protection industry's global tsunami relief efforts.

CropLife Asia office staff collected a cash contribution to the Thai Red Cross. They also planned a blood donation event.

CropLife India initiated a program to donate rubber gloves, face masks and other materials to relief workers.

CropLife Sri Lanka set up a fund to support reconstruction and the rehabilitation of agriculture in the area. Employees also provided emergency assistance by donating a day's wages which were then doubled by one of their member companies.

Contributions from individual member companies included cash donations (corporate- and employee-generated), use of company facilities and equipment, and product donations.

These companies include (but are not necessarly limited to) Agriliance LLC and CHS Inc.; Arvesta Corporation and Arysta LifeScience Corporation; BASF; Bayer CropScience; Dow Chemical Company and Dow AgroSciences; DuPont; Monsanto; Nufarm Limited; SePRO Corporation; Sumitomo Chemical and Valent USA; Syngenta; and Wilbur-Ellis Company.

Source: Association Release