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Why Africa needs adequate plant surveillance

Posted on Wed, 24 Aug 2016, 11:10

To tackle devastating crop diseases, Africa should boost regional plant surveillance. The emergence of Tuta absoluta on the African agricultural landscape has rekindled pertinent questions regarding Africa’s capability to protect local agriculture and enhance international trade. The importance of being battle-ready on a grand scale rather than leaving those who are struggling to make daily lives take up arms against a pest they barely know about, is therefore not difficult to see. Thus, strengthening our national or preferably regional approach to plant protection could be key.

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Tags: Tuta absolutasurveillanceIPPCWTOSPS Agreementfood securitytradeprotect agricluturegovernment
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The FAO Director-General: the use of public standards to ensure phytosanitary protection and food security

Posted on Wed, 01 Jul 2015, 16:40

1 July 2015, Geneva - Global trade can play an important role in improving food security and nutrition and in fighting poverty and hunger while the use of science-based public standards is essential to ensure plant health and food safety, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has told participants in the World Trade Organization's 5th Global Review of Aid For Trade.

While plant, animal and food safety is particularly important in trade to instill confidence in consumers and in importing countries with regards to traded products, food safety incidents, or plant and animal disease outbreaks can have negative impacts on ...

Tags: plant healthCodexSPSSPS Agreementplant health standardsstandardsphytosanitary measuressafe tradetrade
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Technical Assistance Activities from the WTO SPS

Posted on Tue, 09 Jun 2015, 10:27

The WTO Secretariat is organizing specific technical assistance activities on the Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS Agreement) in 2015. These include:

For the following courses, funding may be available. Deadline for requesting funding is 5 June 2015.

  • Transparency Workshop (in English, French and Spanish). In Geneva, Switzerland: 12 - 16 October 2015.
  • 2015 Advanced Course on the SPS Agreement (in English). In Geneva, Switzerland: 5 ...

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