CGIAR Phytosanitary Awareness Week 2020

Via Zoom

Within the framework of the International Year of Plant Health 2020, the Germplasm Health Units of CGIAR centers, under the auspices of the CGIAR Genebank Plaform, have organized CGIAR Phytosanitary Awareness Week 2020, from 9 to 13 November.

The theme of this year’s Phytosanitary Awareness Week is Phytosanitary safety for prevention of transboundary spread of pests and pathogens. The event has been organized by CGIAR in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), national and regional plant protection organizations and Crop Trust.

From November 9 to 13, daily seminars will be streamed via Zoom and Facebook pages of participating centers. The event is free of charge and open to anyone interested. Sessions on November 10, 11 and 12 will focus on Asia, Latin America and Africa respectively. The aim of this event is to increase awareness of current phytosanitary challenges and inform scientists about recent advances in technologies, policies and procedures for international exchange of germplasm and biological material. The ultimate goal is to ensure the distribution of healthy germplasm globally for food and agricultural R&D.

DAY 1: 9-Nov Global Plenary – beginning
DAY 2: 10-Nov Asia Session
DAY 3: 11-Nov Latin America Session
DAY 4: 12-Nov Africa Session
DAY 5: 13-Nov Global Plenary – conclusion


November 09-13, 2020


Jan Kreuze



Global plenary session
Time (UTC +1) Topic and presenter
13:00 – 13.15 Welcome and introduction
Lava Kumar (IITA, Nigeria)
13:15 – 13:45 Delivery of the International Year of Plant Health and the Way forward
Dr. Jingyuan Xia (Director, FAO Plant Production and Protection Division, Rome)
13:45 – 14:15 FAO-CGIAR partnership for transboundary plant pests prevention and management in Africa
Dr Ade Freeman (Regional Program Leader, FAO Regional office for Africa, Ghana)
14:15 – 14.45 The global system of genebanks and the vital role of the CGIAR phytosanitary program
Dr Charlotte Lusty (Head of Programs, Coordinator of the CGIAR Genebank Platform, Global Crop Diversity Trust, Germany)
14:45 – 15.00 Closing remarks
Asia session
Time (UTC +5.30) Topic and presenter
12:30 – 12.40 Welcome and introduction
Rajan Sharma (ICRISAT, India)
12:40 – 12:50 Safe movement of food and forage crops germplasm
Safaa Kumari (ICARDA, Lebanon)
12:50 – 13:10 Major activities of Lebanese national seed health testing programs Rola El Amil (Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute, Lebanon)
13:10 – 13:20 Phytosanitary measures for safe conservation and distribution of germplasm of ICRISAT mandate crops
Rajan Sharma (ICRISAT), India
13:20 – 13:40 Global exchange of crop germplasm: phytosanitary implications with reference to India
K. Anitha (NBPGR-Hyderabad, India)
13.40 – 13.50 Safe exchange of rice germplasm by IRRI Seed Health Unit
Gururaj Guddappa Kulkarni (IRRI, Philippines)
13:50 – 14.10 Plant health update from the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI)- National Plant Quarantine Services Division
TBD (BPI, Philippines)
14:10 – 14.30 Discussion and closing remarks
Safaa Kumari (ICARDA, Lebanon)
Latin America session
Time (UTC -5) Topic and presenter
09:00 – 09.10 Welcome and introduction
Jan Kreuze (CIP, Peru)
09:10 – 09:30 Phytosanitary measures for safe distribution of maize and wheat germplasm from CIMMYT to the world
Amos Alakonya (CIMMIYT, Mexico)
09:30 – 09:50 Challenges in phytosanitary surveillance for the international distribution of germplasm: Phytosanitary evaluation of the cassava collection
Maritza Cuervo (CIAT, Colombia)
09:50 – 10:10 CIP’s Health & Quarantine Unit role in transboundary pest prevention in Germplasm
Giovanna Muller (CIP, Peru)
10:10 – 10.30 Emerging regional threats to agriculture in the Andean region
Israel Cueto, Comunidad Andina (CAN, Peru)
10.30 – 10.50 Preventing the dissemination of zebra chip and the potato psyllid in South America
Jorge Andrade (CIP, Peru)
10:50 – 11.00 Closing remarks
Jan Kreuze (CIP, Peru)
Africa Session
Time (UTC +1) Topic and presenter
13:00 – 13.10 Welcome and introduction
Lava Kumar (IITA, Nigeria)
13:10 – 13:25 Emerging phytosanitary risks to African agriculture and trade
Jean Gérard Mezui M’Ella (Director, Inter-African Phytosanitary Council)
13:25 – 13:40 Bioprotection to African rice germplasm
Marie-Noelle Ndjiondjop (AfricaRice, Cote d’Ivoire)
13:40 – 13:55 Monitoring banana germplasm health for international transfers
Sebastien Massart (Alliance Bioversity-CIAT & University of Liège)
13:55 – 14.10 Protecting African tree germplasm from invasive and native biotic threats
Alice Muchugi (World Agroforestry Center, Kenya)
14.10 – 14.25 Forage seed health protection
Alemayehu Teressa (ILRI, Ethiopia)
14:25 – 14.40 The “GreenPass” germplasm protocol for phytosanitary safe exchange of germplasm from CGIAR
Lava Kumar (IITA, Nigeria)
14:40 – 14.50 Closing remarks
Obaje John (Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Services, Nigeria)
14:50 – 15:00 Vote of thanks
M Abberton (IITA, Nigeria)
GHU Webinars Conclusions and Way forward
Time (UTC +1) Topic and presenter
13:00 – 13.10 Welcome and introduction
Lava Kumar (IITA, Nigeria)
13:10 – 13:45 Session summary reports – highlights and recommendations
Asia session (Rajan Sharma, ICRISAT, India)
Latin America session (Jan Kreuze, CIP, Peru)
Africa session (Alice Muchugi, ICRAF, Kenya)
13:45 – 14:45 Panel discussion – Needs for enhancing phytosanitary safety for transboundary pest prevention
Moderator: Mirko Montuori, IYPH Project Officer, FAO-IPPC, Rome
14:45 – 15.00 Closing remarks
Lava Kumar (IITA, Nigeria)