2020: The International Year of Plant Health

2020: The International Year of Plant Health

On the 18th of December 2018, the UN General Assembly adopted 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health. This decision was taken by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) together with the International Plant Protection Convention.

Sustainable Development Goals are in sharp focus, as awareness of plant health and plant protection becomes critical. Both the public, and the decision makers should understand the value of Plant Health.

Invasive insects and plant diseases cost the global economy around $290 billion annually. In order to address food security and with intent to protect the environment, the International Year of Plant Health was proposed by Finland in 2015.

It’s importance to the Sustainable Development Agenda is monumental, and in efforts to mobilise activities, the IPPC Secretary Jingyuan Xia is calling on civilians and governments to be as engaged as possible with all initiatives – the UN General Assembly backs this initiative fully.

Watch the International Year of Plant Health video here:

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Ecosystems cannot function and we as humans cannot live without plants.

The sustenance of plant health is of immense importance when it comes to aiding the protection of forests, biodiversity and our environment…

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