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Fall Armyworm - an Emerging Food Security Global Threat

Posted on Thu, 25 Oct 2018, 11:04

The Fall Armyworm is a major threat to food security and spreads quickly since the moth can fly up to 100 km in one night. Photo credit: FAW team/Yemen

18 October 2018, Rome, Italy – The highly destructive, and fast spreading, Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) poses a real threat to global food security. Furthermore, it cannot be eliminated once it has infested a country. Originally, native to the Americas, the Fall Armyworm (FAW) was first detected in Africa in 2016 and has now spread to all sub-Saharan countries. It has also recently been detected in Yemen and India.

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Healthy forests thanks to scientific research and phytosanitary standards: The International Forestry Quarantine Research Group (IFQRG) Annual Meeting

Posted on Mon, 22 Oct 2018, 09:21

Participants at the 15th Annual International Forestry Quarantine Research Group (IFQRG) Meeting. The group supports the improvement of plant health by addressing critical forestry quarantine issues for the global plant health community.

5 October 2018, Rome – At the 15th Annual Meeting of the International Forestry Quarantine Research Group (IFQRG) participants looked at ways in which sound scientific research and guidance can support the implementation of International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs) in forestry. The IFQRG serves an important role in supporting the development of effective science-based policies as its members include scientific, regulatory and industry experts.

While many scientists and ...

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The IPPC Seminar on Plant Health, Climate Change and Environmental Protection

Posted on Fri, 19 Oct 2018, 17:08

10 October 2018, Rome - Climate change is one of the most urgent issues of our times. Its catastrophic effects are affecting the planet, human society and agricultural production. Indeed, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) fifth assessment report says that global crop yields could decline by 10 to 25 percent by 2050.

As part of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) 2018 Year of Plant Health and Environmental Protection, the IPPC Secretariat organized a seminar exploring the relationship between plant health, climate change, and environmental protection. The seminar took place on 10 October 2018 at FAO Headquarters, and was ...

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Highlights from the October 2018 Commission on Phytosanitary Measures Strategic Planning Group Meeting

Posted on Fri, 19 Oct 2018, 15:15

11 October 2018, Rome – A record number of participants attended the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures Strategic Planning Group (SPG) meeting which took place from 9 to 11 of October 2018 in Rome, Italy. The 41 participants included representatives from over 20 countries, one International and two Regional Plant Protection Organizations, academia and the IPPC Secretariat. The meeting was chaired by Mr Konan Kouame, Bureau Africa member, and opened by Mr. Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary.

SPG members discussed and made recommendations on important administrative, strategic and financial matters. Financial issues discussed included the five-year IPPC investment plan of the IPPC ...

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The IPPC community is urged to share experiences in establishing and maintaining pest free areas

Posted on Fri, 19 Oct 2018, 14:27

Contribute your case study for a "Guide on Pest Free Areas" by 9 November 2018. Photo: ©FAO/Olivier Asselin

The Intentional Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat has recently launched a call for case studies - with relevant pictures - to be included in a Guide on Pest Free Areas and a related database. The Guide aims to provide general guidance to National Plant Protection Organizations (NPPOs) wanting to establish and maintain:

  • pest free areas (PFA);

  • pest free places of production (PFPP);

  • pest free production sites (PFPS) and

  • areas of low pest prevalence (ALLP).

It will clarify the principal requirements for the establishment ...

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Highlights from the October 2018 Commission on Phytosanitary Measures Bureau meeting

Posted on Fri, 19 Oct 2018, 12:11

12 October 2018, Rome - The Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) Bureau met on the 8th and 12th of October 2018 in Rome, Italy to discuss and agree upon important administrative, strategic, financial and budgetary matters of the IPPC. Participants included six Bureau members as well as IPPC Secretariat core team members. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Javier Trujillo (Mexico), the CPM Chairperson, and opened by Mr. Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary.

Among key financial and budgetary matters, the Bureau noted the Financial Committee (FC) Meeting report, approved the work plan and budget of the IPPC Secretariat for 2020 for ...

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Cooperation on Phytosanitary Measures among the Chinese Initiative “One Belt and One Road” Countries: An IPPC High-level Symposium

Posted on Thu, 18 Oct 2018, 09:59

28 September 2018, Nanning – China’s “One Belt and One Road” initiative seeks to boost development and trade links between Asia, Pacific, Europe, Africa, Latin America and Caribbean. In order to continue facilitating trade while preventing the spread of plant pests and diseases, an IPPC High-Level Symposium on Cooperation for Phytosanitary Measures among the Chinese Initiative “One Road” Countries was organized in Nanning, China from 25 to 28 September 2018.

The Symposium was opened by Mr Jingyuan Xia, IPPC Secretary, and moderated by Ms Sarah Brunel, Implementation Facilitation Officer of the IPPC Secretariat. The Symposium was attended by over 40 ...

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IPPC Financial Committee makes progress in financial management, budgetary transparency and accountability

Posted on Tue, 16 Oct 2018, 16:35

8 October 2018, Rome - The IPPC Financial Committee (FC) meeting was held on 8 October 2018 at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Greg Wolff (Canada - FC Chair), opened by Mr. Jingyuan Xia, IPPC Secretary, and attended by Mr Francisco Javier Trujillo Arriaga (Mexico – CPM Chair), Ms Lois Ransom (Australia - FC and CPM Bureau member), Ms Kyu-Ock Yim (Republic of Korea - FC member), Mr Lucien Kouame Konan (Côte d’Ivoire – FC and CPM Bureau member), Mr Francisco Tristante Oliva (European Commission Observer), Mr Craig Fedchock (IPPC Adviser and World Bank Observer) and Mr Marko Benovic ...

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Facilitating trade, while protecting plants: The APPPC Regional Workshop

Posted on Mon, 15 Oct 2018, 10:28

10 September 2018, Seoul, Republic of Korea - International standards on phytosanitary measures (ISPMs) help countries protect plants from pests and diseases, while still facilitating trade. Participants from eighteen countries had an opportunity to consult and comment on six draft ISPMs during the Asia and Pacific Plant Protection Commission (APPPC) Regional Workshop on the Review of Draft ISPMs.

The workshop took place from 10 to 14 September 2018 in Seoul. It was opened by Mr Suyon Roh, the Director-General of the Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency (APQA) of the Republic of Korea

Emerging pests can be managed through information exchange and ...

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Safe trade facilitation of plants and plant products by harmonized phytosanitary measures in commodities standards

Posted on Thu, 11 Oct 2018, 10:51

Key elements of the International Plant Protection Convention’s (IPPC’s) work is to safeguard agriculture and facilitate safe trade. It is known that trade supports economic growth and development, helping to reduce poverty around the world. The 2016 World Trade Organization (WTO) data review shows that world exports of agricultural products increased by approximately 70% since 2006.

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Significant advances in safe trade facilitation can be made through international standards for phytosanitary measures (ISPMs). The IPPC community is keen to develop and adopt ISPMs for commodities and ...

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Call for topics sets the stage for the future IPPC work programme: the Task Force on Topics meeting

Posted on Mon, 08 Oct 2018, 11:08

The Task force on Topics (TFT) helps make sure that the IPPC’s future work plan reflects IPPC contracting parties’ emerging needs.

3 October 2018, Rome - The world is changing rapidly. New challenges related to rapidly expanding international trade, quickly spreading plant pests and diseases, and climate change are rising and the IPPC community is already planning a strategy to meet them.

To identify topics to be included in the IPPC work programme, a Task force on Topics (TFT) reviewed submissions to the 2018 Call for topics: Standards and Implementation during a meeting on 1-3 October 2018 at FAO HQ ...

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IPPC boosts Central and Eastern European and Central Asian countries' capacities in National Reporting Obligations

Posted on Thu, 04 Oct 2018, 13:56

Participants at the National Reporting Obligations (NRO) workshop improved their skills in updating phytosanitary reports related to the IPPC, and shared practical solutions to challenges they faced. Photo credit: © All-Russian Plant Quarantine Center (VNIIKR)

8 September 2018, Moscow – The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) fosters international cooperation in preventing plant pests and diseases from spreading. The Convention’s Contracting Parties have to share official phytosanitary information and have National Reporting Obligations (NROs). In order to share best practices, and raise awareness about NROs, a regional workshop for Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (CEECA) was thus organized in Moscow ...

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New project “Rolling out Systems Approach Globally” launched by IPPC: Contracting parties urged to participate in new call

Posted on Tue, 02 Oct 2018, 13:54

The recently launched project will increase opportunities for contracting parties to export plant products through better pest risk management. © FAO/Giampiero Diana

Exporting plants and plant products are an important part of economic development in many developing countries. However, international and domestic trade can introduce pests that plant resources, crops, biodiversity and forests. National Plant Protection Organizations (NPPO) are crucial for implementing plant health schemes that prevent new pests from entering their territory while still facilitating trade.

A recently launched project “Rolling out Systems Approach Globally: Sharing tools for enhanced application of Systems Approach and market negotiation on plant pest ...

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Working together to protect plants from harmful pests in the Near East and North Africa: 2018 IPPC Regional Workshop

Posted on Tue, 02 Oct 2018, 10:03

Participants at the IPPC regional workshop in the Near East and North Africa.

17 September 2018 (Muscat, Sultanate of Oman) – Forty-five plant health experts from 18 countries in the Near East and North Africa, and the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat, attended the IPPC regional workshop in Muscat, the Sultanate of Oman from 17 to 20 September 2018. They shared experiences in developing phytosanitary capacity, prepared regional positions on proposed International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs), and shared best practices in plant health.

Participants discussed and shared their common views and substantive comments on six new and revised draft ...

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