International Year of Plant Health

The United Nations General Assembly declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). The year is a once in a lifetime opportunity to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development.

  • International Year of Plant Health 2020

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Protecting plants, protecting life

Plants are the source of the air we breathe and most of the food we eat, yet we often don’t think about keeping them healthy. This can have devastating results. FAO estimates that up to 40% of food crops are lost due to plant pests and diseases annually. This leaves millions of people without enough food to eat and seriously damages agricry source of income for rural poor communities.


To raise awareness of the importance of plant health, The Nederlands Institute for Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), de Koninklijke Nederlandse Plantenziektekundige Vereniging (KNPV), het Centre for Soil Ecology (CSE) and Wageningen University & Research (WUR) have joined forces to contribute and are organising several activities in 2020.