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Save and grow: a policymaker's guide to the sustainable intensification of smallholder crop production

Posted on Mon, 27 Jun 2011, 10:10

Save and Grow

In order to meet food production demand over the next 40 years, farmers in the developing world must double food production, a challenge made even more daunting by the combined effects of climate change and growing competition for land, water and energy. Sustainable crop production intensification (SCPI) represents a major shift from the homogeneous model of crop production to knowledge-intensive, often location-specific, farming systems.

Its application will require significant support to farmers in testing new practices and adapting technologies. Governments will need to strengthen national programmes for plant genetic resources conservation, plant breeding, and seed distribution in ...

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IPPC Secretariat launches new Online Comment System for 2011 member consultation for draft ISPMs

Posted on Mon, 20 Jun 2011, 10:10

The IPPC Secretariat launched the new Online Comment System (OCS) on 20 June 2011, which also marked the opening of the 2011 member consultation period on draft ISPMs. All seven draft ISPMs have been uploaded into the system in English, French, and Spanish and are open for commenting using the OCS. The Secretariat has sent all IPPC Official Contact Points a username and password to login to the OCS. To access the OCS, go to: http://ocs.ippc.int/index.html. Current system requirements are Internet Explorer and Adobe Flash 10.1. Firefox and Safari will be available soon. For ...

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Important milestone for electronic certification in the IPPC (ePhyto)

Posted on Wed, 15 Jun 2011, 10:10

An Open-Ended Working Group on IPPC OEWG on Electronic Certification was held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from Tuesday 07 June to Friday 10 June, 2011. The meeting was attended by participants from 27 countries and 2 regional plant protection organizations.

An increasing number of countries are converting from paper systems to electronic certification systems. A global ePhyto standard will greatly facilitate the inter-governmental exchange of phytosanitary certificates with improved security and often large gains in efficiencies. Some background information can be found on the IPPC website.

For most countries this plant health initiative will be integrated into their animal ...

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Official Opening of the Ambient and Cold Storage Facilities at the Agricultural Complex in Montego Bay, Jamaica 26th of May

Posted on Mon, 13 Jun 2011, 10:10

The Expert Working Group(EWG) in Phytosanitary Capacity Development was kindly invited to the Offical opening of the Ambient and Cold Storage Facilities at the Agricultural Complex in Montego Bay, Jamaica. established in Sangster International Airport. The complex functions as a phytosanitary inspection, certification and treatment facility complemented by cargo handling capabilities.

The keynote speaker for this occasion was Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Â Jamaica. Â On the panel, IPPC Secretariat was represented by Ms. Ana Peralta who introduced the work of the EWG and highly expressed the appreciation from the group for the ...

Tags: Ambient and Cold Storage FacilitiesAgricultural ComplexJamaica
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2nd Meeting of Expert Working Group on Phytosanitary Capacity Development, 23'“27 May 2011, Montego Bay, Jamaica

Posted on Sun, 12 Jun 2011, 10:10

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The second Meeting of the Expert Working Group (EWG) on Phytosanitary Capacity Development took place in Montego Bay, Jamaica, 23-27th of May 2011. The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) had together with each FAO region delegates participating (unfortunately except Africa). Two observers representing the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture(IICA) participated in the meeting.

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Expert Working Group on Phytosanitary Capacity Development was created to review and refine the Phytosanitary Capacity Development Operational Plan and to assist the Secretariat with developing national phytosanitary capacity.

Under ...

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