In December 2018, 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. [..]
Plants make up 80 percent of the food we eat and produce 98 percent of the oxygen we breathe.
Plant pests are responsible for the loss of up to 40 percent of global food crops, and for trade losses in agricultural products exceeding USD 220 billion annually.
The annual value of trade in agricultural products has grown almost three-fold over the past decade, largely in emerging economies and developing countries, reaching USD 1.7 trillion.
FAO estimates that agricultural production must rise by about 60 percent by 2050 in order to feed a larger and generally richer population.
Climate change is having a big impact on plant health. It threatens to reduce both the quality and quantity of crops, leading to lower yields. Rising temperatures are also exacerbating water scarcity, and changing the relationship between pests, plants and pathogens.
More plant pests are appearing earlier and in places where they were never seen before due to climate change.
Beneficial insects are vital for plant health since they pollinate most plants, keep pests in control, maintain soil health, recycle nutrients, and more. However, 80% of the biomass of insects has disappeared in the last 25-30 years.
Everyone has a role to play in keeping plants healthy!
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