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Updates from the May 2019 IPPC Standards Committee (SC) meeting

Posted on Tue, 21 May 2019, 10:02

Participants at the May 2019 Standards Committee meeting. © FAO

10 May 2019, Rome – The 33rd meeting of the IPPC Standards Committee (SC) took place from 6 to 10 May 2019 at FAO headquarters in Rome. The meeting opened with discussions on the phytosanitary term “detection survey” and the draft standard “Guidance on Pest Risk Management”. Discussions focused on including more guidance on selecting pest risk management options; and the criteria for deciding on appropriate phytosanitary measures.

Participants decided that the draft standard needed further work and to present it again at the next SC meeting. The SC approved the revision ...

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New publication! Guidelines for managing Xylella fastidiosa

Posted on Tue, 14 May 2019, 16:19

Up to 95 percent of olive production is concentrated in the Mediterranean region. Indeed, Spain, Italy, Greece and Tunisia alone account for 76 percent of productive olive trees. However, in recent years, millions of olive trees in the Mediterrranean area have been threatened by the deadly pest Xylella fastidiosa. For example, in 2013 a Xylella fastidiosa outbreak devastated many trees and greatly reduced olive production in Apulia, Italy.

In response to this and other outbreaks, a new IPPC-FAO in-depth study on Xylella fastidiosa has just been published online. The Guidelines for the prevention, eradication and containment of Xylella fastidiosa in ...

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G20 Ministers of Agriculture reaffirm importance of Plant Health in Niigata, Japan

Posted on Mon, 13 May 2019, 13:49

Source: FAO Twitter

Niigata, 11-12 May 2019. The G20 Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting taking place in Niigata, Japan last weekend reaffirmed the importance of plant health to reach Sustainable Development Goals and encouraged its members and stakeholders to take full advantage of the opportunity of the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) in 2020.

Under the main theme “Toward Sustainable Agro-Food Sector – Emerging Issues and Good Practices”, ministers discussed a series of issues ranging from fostering innovative human resources and new technologies, Food Value Chain, and pursuing possible contribution to achieve SDGs.

Participating countries included G20 members, six invited guest countries ...

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The IPPC at the G20 Meeting of Agricultural Chief Scientists (MACS) in Tokyo, Japan

Posted on Fri, 03 May 2019, 09:48

Dr Jingyuan Xia, IPPC Secretary, deleiverred the keynote address at the G20 Meeting of Agricultural Chief Scientists (MACS) held from 24-26 April 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. © FAO

24 April 2019, Tokyo – Dr Jingyuan Xia, IPPC Secretary, was invited to deliver a keynote address on the “Recent Challenge of Transboundary Plant Pests (TPPs) and the FAO Strategy” at the G20 Meeting of Agricultural Chief Scientists (MACS) held from 24-26 April 2019 in Tokyo, Japan.

In his presentation, Dr Xia provided updates on TPPs such as the Desert locusts, Fall armyworm, Wheat rust, Banana fusarium and Xylella fastidiosa. He analysed the impact ...

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IPPC and Bangladesh join forces to advance plant health cooperation

Posted on Tue, 30 Apr 2019, 17:06

Rome, 30 April 2019. The IPPC Secretariat met at FAO headquarters with ten delegates from the Ministry of Agriculture of Bangladesh to discuss plant health priorities and areas of cooperation.

The Bangladeshi delegation, headed by the Ministry of Agriculture’s Additional Secretary Mr. Ashraf Uddin Ahmed, and Mr. Nurul Alam, Director General of the Department of Agricultural Extension, discussed its plant health priorities, including emerging pests, import and export compliance, sustainable and safe agriculture. They informed that they carried out a Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE), which helped identifying gaps in their phytosanitary system, and resulted in the elaboration of a ...

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Plant Health and Capacity Development: A special topic session at CPM-14

Posted on Fri, 19 Apr 2019, 16:48

The CPM-14 special topic session on plant health and capacity development. © FAO

4 April 2019, Rome – The IPPC Community works together to ensure all countries have the capacity to implement phytosanitary measures. As 2019 is the IPPC Year of Plant Health and Capacity Development, a special topic session at the 14th Session of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM-14) was dedicated to this theme.

The national phytosanitary capacity of a contracting party is defined as “the ability of individuals, organizations and systems of a country to perform functions effectively and sustainably in order to protect plants and plant products from ...

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General Administration of Customs, P.R. of China carries out a publicity campaign about bio-safety

Posted on Fri, 19 Apr 2019, 10:36

Special exhibitions were held in botanical gardens. © Guangzhou Customs, China

15 April 2019, Beijing – The General Administration of Customs , P.R. of China (GACC) carried out a publicity campaign “Protecting national biological safety, building a beautiful ecological homeland” at the 4th National Security Publicity Day. This has been the 4th consecutive year since 2016 when such a campaign was held. Local customs authorities also organized various bio-safety themed activities including giving lectures and opening the quarantine inspecting labs to the public, which aroused great interest from the general public and attracted numerous visits.

Special exhibitions were held in museums and ...

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CPM-14 closes with notable achievements and an acknowledgement of outstanding service

Posted on Thu, 18 Apr 2019, 15:26

A record 491 participants from 133 countries and 30 observer organizations attended the 14th Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) held from 1-5 April 2019 at FAO Headquarters in Rome. © FAO

5 April 2019, Rome – The recently concluded fourteenth Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM-14) session brought together a record 491 participants from 133 countries and 30 observer organizations. It ended successfully with the adoption of the report by all contracting countries.

In his closing remarks, Mr Jingyuan Xia, IPPC Secretary, highlighted several notable achievements which took place at CPM-14:

  • The IPPC Strategic Framework for 2020-2030 was endorsed and will be submitted ...

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IPPC Commodity and pathways standards - side session at CPM-14

Posted on Wed, 17 Apr 2019, 15:37

During the side session, Ms Lois Ransom from Australia explained that with IPPC commodity and pathways standards, the regulation of pests will remain firmly based on pest risk analysis and obligations will not be imposed on importing countries. © FAO

2 April 2019, Rome – The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) is the only international organization for plant health recognized by the World Trade Organization’s Sanitary and Phytosanitary Agreement (the SPS Agreement). The IPPC safeguards agriculture and facilitates safe trade – which, in turn, support economic growth and development, and reduces poverty around the world.

However, trade can spread plant pests and ...

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Sea change for sea containers: CPM-14 Side Session

Posted on Wed, 17 Apr 2019, 09:06

The "Sea change for sea containers" side session highlighted pest risks associated with sea containers and their cargoes - and what can be done to reduce these risks. © FAO

4 April 2019, Rome – It was standing room only at the side session on sea containers held at the recent Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM-14) meeting. Over 100 participants learned more about the complexity and challenges of sea container logistics, the risks contaminated containers and their cargos pose to plant resources, and the efforts made by government and industry to reduce those risks.

How government and industry can reduce pest risks associated ...

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Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) Bureau meeting at FAO Headquarters

Posted on Tue, 16 Apr 2019, 10:59

Participants at the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) Bureau meeting. © FAO

5 April 2019, Rome – The Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) Bureau met before and after the CPM-14 meeting held in Rome from 1-5 April 2019.

The main objectives and activities of the pre-CPM meeting from 27-29 March were to review pending issues, finalize the CPM-14 agenda, and reflect on each day’s discussions. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Francisco Javier Trujillo Arriaga (CPM Chairperson), opened by Mr. Jingyuan Xia (IPPC Secretary) and attended by all Bureau members, as well as all core team members of the IPPC Secretariat ...

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CPM-14 Pre-Session – A demonstration of the IPPC ePhyto Solution and how it is being used by countries

Posted on Mon, 15 Apr 2019, 16:15

Participants at the CPM-14 IPPC ePhyto Solution side session. © FAO

1 April 2019, Rome – Prior to the official opening of the fourteenth Session of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM-14), a highly anticipated side session on the IPPC ePhyto (electronic phytosanitary certification) Solution was held. Mr Craig Fedchock, from the IPPC Secretariat opened the session by introducing Mr Venkat Venkateswaran, from the the United Nations International Computing Centre (UNICC) and the ePhyto Lead Technical Officer, Mr Christian Dellis, from the US.

Mr Craig Fedchock then revealed the new ePhyto promotional video. He gave an overview of the Hub - a centralized ...

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The International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) partners meet to share ideas and build an IYPH network

Posted on Mon, 15 Apr 2019, 14:48

The first International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) 2020 partners meeting took place at FAO headquarters on 6 April 2019. © FAO

6 April 2019, Rome – The International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) 2020 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. However, the combined effort of a wide range of partners at the global, regional and national levels is essential for making the year a success.

The IPPC Secretariat therefore organized the first IYPH Partners Coordination Meeting that brought ...

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Advanced Technologies to combat emerging plant pests highlighted at a CPM-14 side session

Posted on Mon, 15 Apr 2019, 13:19

Participants at the CPM-14 side session "Advanced technologies and information sharing: Key tools for prevention and management of emerging transboundary plant pests". © FAO

3 April 2019, Rome - With increased global trade, travels, agricultural intensification and climate change, the emergence of plant pests and disease outbreaks has been increasing. Plant pests and insects, such as locusts, Fall Armyworm (FAW) and Red Palm Weevil (RPW) can easily spread from one country to another, affecting crops and entire rural livelihoods. FAO and IPPC have therefore taken the lead to support countries in addressing these challenges.

During the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM-14) session ...

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