Small plants
28 Apr


Healthy harvests in a changing climate

Welcome to a webinar with focus on plant health and nature-based solutions in a global perspective. The webinar gathers experts from SLU, CGIAR, and international organisations who ​will discuss sustainable solutions for the future, as a contribution to Stockholm+50 and the UN International Day of Plant Health (12 May).

How can nature-based solutions help climate-proof smallholder plant health?

This webinar brings together scientists, policy specialists, extension experts, and farming representatives to explore how linking nature-based solutions, integrated pest management (IPM), and One Health can facilitate the design of climate-resilient plant health systems for smallholder farmers.

Talks and discussions will be held on the theme of building resilient plant health systems, and the need for ‘climate-smart’ approaches to IPM, given the increasing risks that smallholders face from pest insects, nematodes, weeds, and diseases under climate change. Special focus will be given to nature-based solutions, including related climate change threats and options for adaptation.

In posing the question how can nature-based solutions help climate-proof smallholder plant health?’ the webinar will especially highlight the supports needed for practical implementation – including climate-informed advisory services, information and communication technology, and policy.

Programme and speakers

1. Introduction

2. Scientific talks

  • Titilayo Falade, ​IITA, Aflasafe technology for food safety and One Health
  • Ghislain Tepa-Yotto, Accelerating Impacts of CGIAR Climate Research for Africa (AICCRA), The Alliance of Bioversity–CIAT, IITA
  • Emily Poppenborg Martin, U. of Hannover, Expanding push-pull systems in E & S Africa (UPSCALE project)
  • Samira Mohamed Faris, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Kenya​

3. Future directions – participant interactive voting

4. Practitioner-focused talks

  • Yubak Dhoj G.C., UN FAO Asia and Pacific Plant Protection Commission
  • Irish Baguilat, Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development
  • Benoit Gnonlonfin, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) – Plant pest control and SPS: prevention, monitoring, and control of desert locust in West Africa and the Sahel

5. Panellist discussion and questions

6. Take home messages

Date and time

28 April, 14:00-15.30 CEST


This event is organised in partnership between:
SLU Global (SLU)
International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), CGIAR
Accelerating Impacts of CGIAR Climate Research for Africa (AICCRA)
The Alliance of Bioversity – CIAT

Plant health film

Smallholder plant health in a changing climate - harnessing nature-based solutions. A seven minute film about plant health in low- and middle-income countries.


Time: 2022-04-28 14:00 - 15:30
City: Zoom
Organiser: SLU Global
Additional info:

Read the report Harnessing nature-based solutions for smallholder plant health in a changing climate.

Read the policy brief Healthy harvests in a changing climate

Stockholm+50 #Stockholm50
On 2 and 3 June 2022, a crucial international environmental meeting will be held in Stockholm, Sweden. Anchored in the Decade of Action, under the theme “Stockholm+50: a healthy planet for the prosperity of all – our responsibility, our opportunity,” this high-level meeting will commemorate the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment and celebrate 50 years of global environmental action.

By recognizing the importance of multilateralism in tackling the Earth’s triple planetary crisis – climate, nature, and pollution – the event aims to act as a springboard accelerate the implementation of the UN Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals, including the 2030 Agenda, Paris Agreement on climate change, the post-2020 global Biodiversity Framework, and encourage the adoption of green post-COVID-19 recovery plans.



Paul Egan, Associate Professor/ Researcher
Department of Plant Protection Biology
Telephone: +46 (0) 40-415162