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Protecting plants and the environment in the Caribbean: a 2018 IPPC Regional Workshop

Posted on Fri, 28 Sep 2018, 17:36

Local farmers in Haiti sorting Cajanus Cajan beans. Participants from 14 Caribbean countries discussed ways to improve plant health and limit the risk of pests and diseases at the regional workshop. © FAO/Giuseppe Bizzarri

19 September 2018, Port of Spain, Trinidad – Protecting plants and the environment from invasive pests and diseases were some of the important issues discussed at the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Regional Workshop held in Port of Spain, Trinidad from 17 to 19 September 2018.

Twenty-five participants from fourteen countries attended the workshop where they discussed draft International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs), and shared their ...

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Working together to protect plants and the environment in Africa: A 2018 IPPC Regional Workshop

Posted on Thu, 27 Sep 2018, 09:33

Forty-five participants from 29 countries exchanged their experiences in protecting plants from pests and diseases during the IPPC regional workshop for Africa. © FAO

13 September 2018, Antananarivo – Keeping plants healthy, stopping invasive pests such as the Fall Armyworm which is destroying food crops in Africa, and protecting the environment were some of the important issues discussed at the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) regional workshop held in Antananarivo, Madagascar from 11 to 13 September 2018.

Bringing together 45 participants from 29 countries, the workshop provided an opportunity for participants to learn from each other’s experiences in developing phytosanitary capacity ...

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The IPPC Secretariat meets with SSAFE to discuss possible future cooperation

Posted on Wed, 26 Sep 2018, 17:08

Photo credit: © FAO/ Laura Vicaria-Lopez

26 September 2018, Rome - Members of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat, including Craig Fedchock, Shoki al-Dobai and Laura Vicaria-Lopez, met with the governing board of the SSAFE organization on 26 September 2018. SSAFE is a non-profit organization that aims to foster the continuous improvement and global acceptance of internationally-recognized food protection systems and standards through public private partnerships. SSAFE members include key global businesses which support the organization’s vision to create a “safe and robust global food supply system that protects human, plant and animal health.”

Discussions centered on the topics of ...

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Protecting plants in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia: 2018 IPPC - FAO Regional Workshop

Posted on Wed, 26 Sep 2018, 13:05

Participants at the IPPC Regional workshop in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia shared their experiences in safeguarding plant health. Photo credit: © All-Russian Plant Quarantine Center (VNIIKR)

8 September 2018, Bykovo – Protecting the environment while safeguarding plant health were among topics discussed at the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC ) - FAO Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia regional workshop. The event took place in Bykovo, the Russian Federation from 3 to 7 September 2018. The workshop gave participants an opportunity to discuss and comment on draft International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM); and exchange experiences, including in developing phytosanitary ...

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ePhyto Regional Workshop- Buenos Aires , Argentina

Posted on Fri, 21 Sep 2018, 15:13

Last week, from the 11-13th of September the ePhyto regional workshop for Latin America took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The workshop, hosted by SENASA and financed by COSAVE, Argentina Ministry of Foreign Affairs, IICA and the Canadian government was organized with the objective to increase knowledge on the ePhyto Solution regionally, as well as identify the interests and obstacles in the region to implement the project. The workshop was a great success, with over 18 Latin American countries attending. There was significant participation, motivation and interest to join the ePhyto Solution family. Going forward, an increased level of cooperation ...

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Big steps made in developing phytosanitary capacity in the West Bank and Gaza Strip

Posted on Thu, 20 Sep 2018, 10:17

A new plant health diagnostic laboratory was set up in Jenin as part of efforts to strengthen phytosanitary capacity. ©FAO/S.Brunel

Ramallah, 16 August 2018 – Plant pests and diseases easily cross borders and it is therefore crucial to develop phytosanitary capacity worldwide. To help do this, the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat has developed the Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) – a management tool designed to help countries identify strengths and gaps in their existing and planned phytosanitary systems.

The Plant Protection and Inspection Services (PPIS) of Palestine, with supervision from the IPPC secretariat, undertook a successful PCE in 2014 ...

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Protecting plants from pest in the Pacific Islands: A 2018 IPPC Regional Workshop

Posted on Thu, 13 Sep 2018, 12:44

Rarotonga, Cook Islands - Ngatoko Ngatoko, Director of Biosecurity, Ministry of Agriculture, watches a cargo ship leave port. The IPPC helps protects plants from pests while facilitating trade. ©FAO/Sue Price

22 August 2018, Fiji – Countries in the Pacific Islands recognize the urgency of protecting their plants from pests, while facilitating trade in plants and agricultural products. To address this challenge, harmonized international standards and strong regional capacity in implementing them are crucial. A 2018 regional workshop on these topics was thus held in Nadi, Fiji from 20 to 22 August 2018.

It is important for representatives from the National Plant ...

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Boosting plant health and protecting plants from pests – the 2018 IPPC Regional Workshop for Latin America

Posted on Wed, 12 Sep 2018, 17:01

31 August 2018, Natal, Brazil – With the ever-increasing volume of international trade, countries need to prevent plant pests from entering and establishing themselves locally, while still facilitating the international safe trade of plants and products. To address this challenge, 32 international experts from 18 Latin American countries attended the IPPC regional workshop in Natal, Brazil from the 28th to the 31st of August 2018. The workshop focused on ways to better protect plants from pests by harmonizing international phytosanitary standards and strengthening regional capacity.

“In order to preserve food security, biodiversity and facilitate safe trade, cooperation among nations to protect ...

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Five new IPPC Diagnostic Protocols adopted!

Posted on Thu, 16 Aug 2018, 20:11

The IPPC Secretariat is happy to announce that five new diagnostic protocols (DPs) have been adopted by the Standards Committee (SC) on behalf of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) as the DP Notification Period just closed on 15 August 2018. The five adopted DPs are:

DP 25: Xylella fastidiosa (2004-024)

DP 26: Austropuccinia psidii (2006-018)

DP 27: Ips spp. (2006-020)

DP 28: Conotrachelus nenuphar (2013-002)

Revision of DP 2: Plum pox virus (2016-007)

The newly adopted DPs will help countries prevent the entry or establishment of pests from some important commodities traded globally, particularly those affecting various tree species ...

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Dwindling IPPC Sustainable Funding Affects its Support of Developing Countries to Participation in Some Governing Activities

Posted on Tue, 31 Jul 2018, 15:16

For many years, the IPPC Secretariat has tried to assist the participation of developing Contracting Parties to the annual meeting of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) and also some other important governing bodies meetings, such as the meetings of Standard Committee (SC), the Implementation and Capacity Development Committee (IC), etc. This has been done from the IPPC extra-budgetary funding that has been generously provided by a number of donors.

In recent years, the CPM has been advised that funds for supporting participation of developing countries at CPM and other IPPC governing bodies meetings have been reducing and criteria have ...

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G-20 Group of Agriculture Ministers Supports the IPPC ePhyto and the Initiative of an International Year of Plant Health in 2020 (IYPH 2020)

Posted on Tue, 31 Jul 2018, 11:40

The G-20 Group of Agriculture Ministers at their meeting on 27-28 July 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina have endorsed the IPPC’s efforts to build an electronic certification system (ePhyto) and the initiative of an International Year of Plant Health in 2020 (IYPH 2020).

In their final declaration, Agriculture Ministers of twenty countries that represent 60 percent of all agricultural land and about 80 percent of world trade in agricultural products stated:

Para. 6: “We are ready to actively engage in the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) to address collectively the new challenges of agriculture”.

Para. 25: “We also ...

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Prompting action towards an International Year of Plant Health in 2020

Posted on Fri, 27 Jul 2018, 13:54

Plants account for over 80% of the human diet and are indispensable for food security. Healthy plants are also vital to sustainable and profitable crop production and to the quality supply of food, fuel, and fiber. Plant pests and diseases pose a threat to food security because they can damage crops, thus reducing the availability and access to food, increasing the cost of food.

Nowadays, due to increasing global trade and a changing climate, plant pests and diseases pose a greater threat to food security than ever before. In fact, global trade increases the chance of these pests moving from ...

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Strengthening the Bilateral Cooperation of the IPPC with the United States of America

Posted on Fri, 27 Jul 2018, 12:52

On 26 July 2018 an IPPC delegation composed of Dr. Jingyuan Xia (IPPC Secretary), Mr. Craig Fedchock (IPPC Adviser) and Dr. Shoki AlDobai (IPPC Integration and Support Team Lead) met at FAO-HQs with representatives from the US Mission to Rome-based UN Agencies, Mr. Tommie Williams (incoming Minister Counselor for Agriculture) and Mr. Bryce Quick (outgoing Counselor for Agriculture) at FAO-HQs.

The IPPC Secretary Xia welcomed the US delegates, and wished Mr. Williams success in his new tenure. He briefed the US delegates about the IPPC, its importance as global plant health standard setting and implementation organization, as well as its ...

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IPPC Secretariat contributes to the discussion on a Harmonized Global Approach for Managing Forest Invasive Species (19-20 July, 2018, FAO headquarters, Rome, Italy)

Posted on Wed, 25 Jul 2018, 15:59

In the margins of the 24th session of FAO’s Committee on Forestry (COFO), representatives from the IPPC Secretariat, the FAO Forestry Department and five Regional Forest Invasive Species Networks met to explore better ways to exchange information and increase collaboration.

The results of this discussion were shared the next day at a COFO side event entitled Towards a harmonized global approach for managing Forest Invasive Species. FAO Forestry facilitates Forest Invasive Species Networks in Asia Pacific, Africa, Near East, Europe and Central Asia and North America. Ms Shiroma SATHYAPALAS is the FAO Forestry representative. Mr Brent LARSON, Lead for ...

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