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Strengthening plant health management capacity in the Global South

Healthy crops are vital for a healthy planet. However, agrifood systems are increasingly challenged by devastating pests and diseases due to climate change, international trade and travel, and weak phytosanitary systems. Recent analyses show that the greatest losses from pests and diseases are associated with food-deficit regions with fast-growing populations. Farming communities, especially in the low- and middle-income countries, continue to struggle against existing and emerging crop pests and diseases. Each year, these threats result in 10 to 40 percent losses in major food crops, and cost the global economy an estimated US$220 billion. In addition, mycotoxins pose serious threat to the health and well-being of the consumers, with negative impacts on multiple sectors (agriculture, human health, and trade).

In 2022, the United Nations designated 12th May as the International Day of Plant Health to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect biodiversity and the environment, and boost economic development. The International Day of Plant Health is a key legacy of the International Year of Plant Health in 2020.

The CGIAR Plant Health Initiative (PHI), initiated in January 2022, works closely with an array of national, regional, and international partners to bridge knowledge gaps for plant health management, including improved diagnostics and surveillance, and implements integrated pest and disease management, and mycotoxin management in several countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

The PHI team is organizing this webinar to commemorate the 2nd International Day of Plant Health on 12th May 2023, wherein stakeholders from diverse organizations will briefly present their views on how best to strengthen the plant health management capacity in the Global South.


Friday, 12 May 2023
16:00 – 17:00 EAT


Prasanna Boddupalli, Organizer – Lead, Plant Health Initiative
Susan Otieno, Communication contact


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Initiation of the Webinar
Nick Davis, CGIAR Plant Health Initiative Manager

Opening Remarks
Prasanna Boddupalli, CGIAR Plant Health Initiative Lead

Voices of Some Stakeholders on Plant Health: Video
Monica Carvajal, CGIAR Plant Health Initiative Lead

Capacity Strengthening on Plant Health Management: CGIAR Plant Health Initiative’s Focus Areas

  • Prasanna Boddupalli
  • Monica Carvajal
  • Lava Kumar
  • Alejandro Ortega-Beltran
  • Nozomi Kawarazuka

Panel Discussion: Strengthening Plant Health Management Capacity in the Global South

Moderator: Oscar Ortiz, OneCGIAR Senior Director – Crop Based Systems, Resilient Agrifood Systems (RAFS)

  1. Dr John Basera
    Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Resettlement, Government of Zimbabwe
  2. Dr Zachary Kinyua
    Director, Crop Health Research, Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO), Kenya
  3. Dr Chiedozie Egesi
    Executive Director and CEO, National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI), Nigeria
  4. Katty Guadalupe Rojas Quiroga
    Plant Health Specialist, Responsible for Andean Community CAN, Peru
  5. Dr Casiana M. Vera Cruz
    Plant Pathologist & Chair of the 7th International Conference on Bacterial Blight of Rice (ICBB07), The Philippines
  6. Dr Chandish Ballal
    Former Director, ICAR-National Bureau of Agricultural Insect Resources, India
  7. Dr Khaled Makkouk
    Vice-President, International Society of Plant Pathology, Lebanon

Closing Remarks
Yanyan Liu, CGIAR-PHI Impact Assessment Lead

Strengthening plant health management capacity in the Global South