This week, the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) is holding its 8th session of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM8) at the FAO headquarters in Rome. This conference will be a chance for members to discuss current plant protection issues, particularly with regard to plant pests. Plantwise has been invited to host a side event at the conference. During this event, National Plant Protection Organisation (NPPO) representatives from several developing countries will share the work that they have done with Plantwise to develop plant health systems in their countries.
This side event marks the start of expanded collaboration between CABI and IPPC, which will support global trade and advanced pest reporting. Speakers at the Plantwise event include I.M.O. Shamie, Director of Crops for the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry & Food Security in Sierra Leone, Yubok Dhoj, National IPM Coordinator for Nepal, and Cornelius Fabian Mkondo representing the Ministry of Agriculture in Tanzania. They will be presenting on how they have successfully established plant clinics in their countries to provide information on pest management to farmers, and are working with the Knowledge Bank to create a valuable plant health information resource. The event will be an opportunity for an open discussion on how the IPPC and Plantwise can work closely to support NPPOs in the development of their plant health systems.