The UN celebrates the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH), with events happening until July 2021. CGIAR has significant scientific knowledge, extensive experience on the ground, and thought leadership that can contribute to the global discussion to advance awareness, collaboration, and scaling of needed interventions.
CGIAR’s IYPH events will comprise a series of four webinars of global scope targeting scientists and researchers working in relevant fields. The webinars will take an in-depth look into current science in the area, identify areas for further research, and opportunities to take current scientific innovations to scale.
Each webinar will examine one aspect of the crop supply chain—from genebanks to farmers’ fields to consumers’ plates—to identify ways of promoting the adoption of tools and practices designed to boost the long-term health of plants and the environment in low- and middle-income countries. With the acceleration of the effects of climate change on the incidence and intensity of pests and diseases, identification of the right crop varieties, mix of crops, and tools and practices will be key to ensuring the availability of food to feed the planet.