CFS 43 Side-Event: Stop those pests!

The introduction and spread of plant pests has a devastating impact on food availability and access - an aspect of food security rarely considered. Smallholder farmers, industry and governments alike are affected by pest incursions. Entire harvests may be damaged affecting not only crop yield and quality but also countries’ abilities to trade crop commodities. Most pests that threaten food security simply cannot be eradicated and some have negative long-term effects on the production of particular crops. The economic and environmental costs of eradication and control are extremely high, often impacting the resources available to purchase food.

To demonstrate the paramount role of plant health to enhancing food security, improving nutrition and reducing poverty, the Secretariat of the IPPC and the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources of Australia have organized the side event “Stop those pests!” - Plant health’s essential role in eradicating hunger and eliminating poverty during the 43rd session of the Commission on World Food Security (CFS 43).

The below listed panellists will explain how governments are supported to focus on pest surveillance as a key activity to control outbreaks and spread of pests. They will share experiences on national, regional and global levels and demonstrate tools that may help stakeholders avoid or respond quickly to pest outbreaks.

Opening. Mr Jingyuan Xia, Secretary, Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC)

Building global food security through surveillance and diagnostics. Mr Kim Ritman, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Australia

Plantwise – Contribution of plant health knowledge resources to support pest surveillance and reduce crop losses. Mr Washington Otieno, CABI / Plantwise

Surveillance programs and diagnostic tools to preserve Mediterranean fruit crops from emerging plant pathogenic bacteria: the case of Xylella fastidiosa and Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus. Ms Maria Saponari, Italian National Research Council and International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies

Stop those fruit flies: Bactrocera dorsalis, Bactrocera zonata and Ceratitis capitata. Mr Rui Cardoso Pereira, Insect Pest Control Section, Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture

The role of the IPPC in ending hunger and eradicating poverty. Mr Craig Fedchock, Advisor, IPPC Secretariat

Doc # Agenda # Title Files Publication date
Presentation: Building global food security through surveillance and diagnostics En 08 Nov 2016
Presentation: Plantwise – Contribution of plant health knowledge resources to support pest surveillance and reduce crop losses En 08 Nov 2016
Presentation: Surveillance programs and diagnostic tools to preserve Mediterranean fruit crops from emerging plant pathogenic bacteria: the case of Xylella fastidiosa and Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus En 08 Nov 2016
Presentation: Stop those fruit flies: Bactrocera dorsalis, Bactrocera zonata and Ceratitis capitata En 08 Nov 2016
Presentation: The role of the IPPC in ending hunger and eradicating poverty En 08 Nov 2016

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