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2020, the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH)

03 October 2019

In December 2018, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). The year is a once in a lifetime opportunity to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development.

In the context of the IYPH, plant health is defined as "the discipline that uses a range of measures to control and prevent pests, weeds and disease-causing organisms from spreading into new areas, especially through human interaction such as international trade".

IYPH activities will contribute to:

  • raising awareness that plant health is crucial for all life on earth.
  • preventing plant pests and diseases from spreading;
  • eradicating plant pests and diseases or managing them better when this is not possible; and
  • increasing funding for national and regional plant protection organizations that are the first line of defense against plant pests and diseases.

However, the real results of the IYPH will been seen over the longer term as people become more aware of how their actions contribute to plant health. Healthier plants will increase food security and decrease poverty especially among people whose livelihoods depend of agriculture. The environment will also benefit from healthier plants and environmentally-friendly plant health practices such as integrated pest management.

More info:

FAO launches 2020 as the UN’s International Year of Plant Health - Opening ceremony, Rome, 2 December 2019