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Successful Start to the Campaign for an International Year of Plant Health in 2020!

Posted on Wed, 28 Sep 2016, 13:52

On Tuesday September 27th a well-attended side session at the 25th meeting of the Committee on Agriculture marked the official beginning of the campaign to establish an International Year of Plant Health in 2020. A number of speakers, including FAO Assistant Director General Ren Wang, Veli-Pekka Talvela, Director General, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland and Eric Robinson, Alternate Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Canada to the Rome-based Food and Agriculture Agencies of the United Nations gave presentations on the importance of encouraging public support to plant health to help address issues of global concern, including hunger, poverty and ...

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Strong Support of FAO and IPPC to Capacity Development for Preventing the Introduction and Spread of Xylella fastidiosa in NENA Countries

Posted on Wed, 28 Sep 2016, 13:13

The workshop on FAO TCP project (TCP/RAB/3601) for developing phytosanitary capacities to prevent the introduction and spread of Xylella fastidiosa was organized from 29 August - 2 September, 2016, in Tunis. The workshop informed the participants on the latest information on the biology of the species, on surveillance, and on diagnostic and management methods. Participants brainstormed on their national needs to efficiently prevent the introduction and spread of the bacterium. They elaborated national work plans with activities related to: 1) the identification and engagement of partners and stakeholders in the contingency plan against Xylella fastidiosa; 2) the development of ...

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The 2016 IPPC Regional Workshop for the Near East and North Africa held in Algeria

Posted on Wed, 28 Sep 2016, 11:43

The 2016 IPPC Regional Workshop for the Near East and North Africa was held from 5-8 September in Algeria. The workshop was organized by the IPPC in collaboration with the regional office of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Near East Plant Protection Organization (NEPPO). Over 30 participants attended the workshop, who came from 16 countries of the region, as well as the IPPC, the FAO regional office and NEPPO. This kind of initiative has showcased a perfect collaboration between IPPC, FAO offices and NEPPO in this region.

Mr. Shoki Al-Dobai, Regional Plant Protection ...

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The 2016 IPPC Regional Workshop for Africa held in Ethiopia

Posted on Tue, 27 Sep 2016, 15:02

The 2016 IPPC Regional Workshop for Africa was held from 14-16 September 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The workshop was attended by 23 participants from 16 countries, the African Union Commission (AUC), the Inter-African Phytosanitary Council (IAPSC), FAO and the IPPC Secretariat. The meeting was opened by FAO, the IPPC Secretariat and the Director General of the IAPSC, Mr Mezui M’Ella, who welcomed everyone and noted the importance of the work of the IPPC for all IAPSC members. Mr Mamba Mamba (DRC) was elected Chairperson, Mr Attipoe (Ghana) as vice-chairperson, and Ms Munguti (Kenya) and Mr Nya (Cameroun) as ...

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The 2016 IPPC Regional Workshop for the Caribbean held in Barbados

Posted on Tue, 27 Sep 2016, 14:54

The 2016 IPPC Regional Workshop for the Caribbean was held from 13-15 September 2016 in Christ Church, Barbados. The Workshop was co-organized with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), and hosted by the Government of Barbados. Funding for the Workshop was provided by the IPPC Secretariat and the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures Project, which is being implemented by IICA. Thirteen participants from 12 contracting parties, representatives from IICA, the FAO Sub-Regional Office, the IPPC Secretariat, and a member of the IPPC Standards Committee attended the workshop.

Mr Michael James (Barbados) chaired the ...

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Analysis on the Benefits of Implementing the IPPC for Various Stakeholders

Posted on Mon, 26 Sep 2016, 18:31

The Implementation Review and Support System (IRSS) meeting on the study Analyzing the benefits of implementing the IPPC took place from 13-15 September 2016 in Washington DC, United States of America. The meeting, chaired by Ms Leanne Stewart (the IRSS consultant of the IPPC Secretariat), was attended by seven selected experts from the fields of plant health, trade, international economics and environmental protection.

This IRSS study seeks to identify the benefits at the national, regional and global level, while also considering benefits to different stakeholders in the IPPC community. The different aspects to be considered are in relation to the ...

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The 2016 IPPC Regional Workshop for Latin America Held in Panama

Posted on Sat, 24 Sep 2016, 17:29

The 2016 IPPC Regional Workshop for Latin America was held from 23-26 August in Panama City, Panama. The Workshop was co-organized and financed by the IICA (Instituto Interamericano de Cooperación para la Agricultura), OIRSA (Organismo Internacional Regional de Sanidad Agropecuaria), COSAVE (Comite de Sanidad Vegetal del Cono Sur), and the NPPO of Panama (Servicio Nacional de Sanidad Agropecuaria de Panamá), together with the IPPC. A total of 32 participants from 19 national plant protection organizations (NPPOs) participated in the workshop. Representatives from 2 regional plant protection organizations and IICA staff also attended the workshop. Ms Stephanie Dubon facilitated the workshop ...

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Strengthening the Bilateral Cooperation of the IPPC with Japan

Posted on Fri, 23 Sep 2016, 14:05

Mr Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary, and Mr Craig Fedchock, the IPPC Adviser, visited the Japan Ministry for Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) as well as the Yokohama Plant Protection Station on 15 and 16 September 2016. During their visit, Mr Xia and Mr Fedchock had a meeting with Mr Takeharu Imashiro, the Director General for Food Safety and Consumer Affairs of MAFF, and a meeting with Mr. Hitoshi Ono, the Director General of the Yokohama Pant Protection Station, as well as additional meetings with MAFF Director of Plant Protection Mr Kazuhiko Shimada, MAFF Director of Plant Quarantine Ms Tomoko ...

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The 2016 IPPC Regional Workshop for the South-West Pacific Held in Fiji

Posted on Wed, 21 Sep 2016, 12:01

The 2016 IPPC Regional Workshop for the South-West Pacific was held in Nadi, Fiji from the 12th to 14th September 2016. The Workshop was jointly organized the IPPC Secretariat, PPPO and FAO sub-regional offices, and financed supported by the Australian AID. The Workshop was attended by over 40 participants from 13 PPPO members as well as its metropolitan parties, Australia and New Zealand. Dr. Ken Cokanasiga, the SPC LRD Deputy Director for Agribusiness and Trade, and Dr Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary, were present at the Workshop, and delivered a welcome address and a keynote speech, respectively.

Dr Cokanasiga officially ...

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The IPPC Workshop on National Reporting Obligations for Asia held in China

Posted on Tue, 20 Sep 2016, 10:23

The IPPC Workshop on National Reporting Obligations (NOR) for Asia took place 5-9 September 2016 in Beijing, China. The workshop was jointly organized and supported by the IPPC and the APPPC. The Meeting was attended by 25 participants from 16 countries of the Asian region, including Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Republic of Korea, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Viet-Nam. Mr. David Nowell and Ms. Dorota Buzon from the IPPC Secretariat as well as Mr Yongfan Piao and Mr Yusof Othman from the APPPC ...

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Deepening the Bilateral Cooperation of the IPPC with New Zealand

Posted on Tue, 13 Sep 2016, 09:17

Mr. Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary visited the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) for the first time on 9 September 2016. During his visit, Mr Xia had a meeting with Mr Martyn Dunne, the Director-General of MPI along with MPI staff members Mr Chris Carson, Director of International Policy, Mr John Hedley, Principal Adviser of International Policy, and Mr Stephen Butcher, Manager Import and Exports (Plants).

Mr Xia took the opportunity when talking to Mr Dunne to express his thanks to New Zealand government for its support to the IPPC work programme over many years. He noted the ...

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Phytosanitary treatments on fruit fly can now move forward

Posted on Fri, 02 Sep 2016, 19:12

The Technical Panel for Phytosanitary Treatments (TPPT)) just ended their annual meeting in Tokyo today (2 September 2016) where they reviewed scientific data from a recent study carried out by the Joint Food and Agriculture and International Atomic Energy Agency Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture. This study was carried out under the technical supervision of Mr Guy Hallman and was undertaken to understand if populations of fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata) from different geographical regions of the world responded differently to phytosanitary cold treatments. Experts from some countries had concerns that cold treatment schedules developed in various geographical ...

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Enhancing Global Food Security through Strengthening Plant Health

Posted on Fri, 02 Sep 2016, 11:16

The year of 2016 is a milestone for the IPPC to start the implementation of the IPPC annual theme towards 2020, which means all IPPC activities for each year, starting from this year, should be related to a specified IPPC theme. The IPPC theme for 2016 is “Plant Health and Food Security”. Recently, Mr Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary, delivered a video message for 2016 IPPC Regional Workshops, focusing on Enhancing Global Food Security through Strengthening of Plant Health.

In his speech, Mr. Xia briefed the definitions of plant health and food security. From both definitions, he stated that there ...

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Close Cooperation of IPPC with Samoa for advancing a pilot of ePhyto

Posted on Wed, 31 Aug 2016, 14:28

Front row: Viiga S. Filemu, Peter Neimanis, Chinthaka Karunaratne, Pelenato Fonoti, Talei F. Moors, Sarai Tevita

Back row: Ferila Samuelu, Jacqualine Adams, Fiapaipai To'o, Letoa Pine, Shane Sela, Toleafoa Daryl Elisaia, Anoano S Vaai, Vaeve'a Vesi Ioane, Olive Jayto Alesana, Tanu Tufuga, Tovine Wilson

The IPPC Secretariat along with members of the ePhyto Steering Group (ESG) met with the Samoan Quarantine Division from 22-26 August 2016 in Apia, Samoa. Mr Shane Sela, the Project Manager for ePhyto, attended the meeting on behalf of the IPPC Secretariat. The objective of the meeting was to discuss the specifications of the ...

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