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.
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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.
At PHAB 2020, all plant health stakeholders – from researchers to policymakers and the private sector – will convene with the aim to share, discuss and promote both the latest findings on plant health problems as well as innovative solutions to them. Together, working towards a sustainable future for plant health.Read activity