[Video] Invest in prevention: save money, save lives, save livelihoods

This video from the Food Chain Crisis Management Framework of FAO shows how investing in prevention of pests and diseases before they are present in a region can save money and livelihoods in the long term. Read more of this post

Plantwise Factsheets App gets the attention of BBC radio

Plantwise and White October met up for an interview on BBC Radio Oxford’s Kat Orman show to talk about how the new Plantwise Factsheets Library app will help get good crop information out to local extension workers, helping them to help farmers.

 

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IPPC: Why is pest risk analysis important?

Experts in pest risk analysis from around the world give their views on why risk analysis is important for trade and protection of domestic agriculture.

Video from the IPPC.

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▶ Tuta absoluta: combating the tomato leafminer [video]

A recent IPM workshop in Ethiopia focussed on the tomato leafminer – a pest that causes devastation on tomato crops in Europe, Africa and South America. This video shows how the workshop attendees dedicated their time to finding out more about the pest, seeing it in the field, and working on recommendations for control.

To view factsheets, maps, images and new reports of this pest, visit the Plantwise Knowledge Bank.

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Video: See Xanthomonas bacteria infecting a tomato plant

If you’ve ever wondered what exactly happens when a disease infects a plant, watch this video. This detailed animation shows Xanthomonas bacteria infecting a tomato plant, causing bacterial spot disease.

For more information about Xanthomonas in plants, and how to control it, visit the Plantwise Knowledge Bank.

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Plantwise Kenya experience shared at CABI’s Review Conference

Over the course of the two-day CABI Review Conference last week in Oxford, over 100 attendees of member countries, invited observers and CABI staff heard and discussed presentations which highlighted key projects across the organization. Plantwise was no exception.

On hand to give an overview of Plantwise, now operating in 31 countries worldwide, was Plantwise Programme Executive Ulrich Kuhlmann. Click here to watch his full presentation at CABI RC13.

In addition to this presentation reflecting on the Plantwise concept, the growth of the initative and next steps for the future, the Plantwise session at RC13 zeroed in on one particular model country for Plantwise sustainability: Kenya.

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Floods in Haiti and India devastate crops

Hurricane Sandy has left fields in the south of Haiti under water, causing crop losses of up to 40%. This follows damage from a drought and the effects of Hurricane Isaac earlier this year.

Meanwhile, 9000 miles away in Andhra Pradesh, India, rice farmers are also suffering with their crops waist-deep in floodwater following several days of rain from Cyclone Nilam.

There are now serious worries in both countries of food shortages and waterborne diseases.

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