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International Year of Plant Health 2020 -2021 (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. Due to the covid-19 pandemic, many activities had to be postponed. Therefore, the IYPH has been extended until summer 2021.

Why is plant health important?

FAO estimates that agricultural production must increase by about 60% by 2050 to feed a generally larger and richer population. At the same time, up to 40% of food crops are lost globally each year due to plant pests and diseases. 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.

In order to increase global awareness on the importance of healthy plants, the UN has declared year 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH).