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International Year of Plant Health 2020 (IYPH 2020)

The United Nations General Assembly declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). The year aims to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development. We will celebrate this year with different activities at SLU and in Sweden.

Why is plant health important?

FAO estimates that up to 40 percent of food crops are lost to plant pests and diseases annually. This leaves millions of people without enough food to eat and seriously damages agriculture - the primary source of income for rural poor communities.

Furthermore, as international trade and travel expands exponentially, the risk that plant pests and diseases will spread into new areas has increased.

Source: Information by IPPC about IYPH 2020

Watch FAOs IYPH 2020 promotion video here.