Showcasing a live plant clinic at the Swiss Agriculture and Food Fair OLMA

Plantwise is showcasing its work at the Swiss Agriculture and Food Fair, the OLMA, held in St.Gallen/Switzerland from 8 to 18 October 2015, following an invitation by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC. 
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Plant Doctor Game app was downloaded 1111 times!

Over 500 million smallholder farmers worldwide provide food for two-thirds of the earth’s growing population. These farmers, and the major challenges they face due to crop health problems, is the focus of the Plant Doctor Game app launched by the  Plantwise programme at the Swiss Pavilion during Expo Milano 2015. So far, the Plant Doctor…
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Plant Doctors in Nepal start Facebook group to share expertise on plant health issues

Contributed by Vinod Pandit, CABI Country Coordinator for Nepal. All pictures by Vinod Pandit, Facebook group account. Plant doctors in Nepal have created a Facebook group so they can share expertise on plant health issues with each other and farmers. As plant doctors were finding it a challenge to diagnose some of the plant disease…
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In Expo Milano debate, IPPC argues for the crucial need for international cooperation on plant health

Contributed my Melanie Bateman, CABI Switzerland The universal Expo Milano’s theme is ‘Feeding the planet, Energy for Life’. Plant health’s important contribution to food security has already featured prominently in Expo events which Plantwise has participated in such as recent ones hosted by the Swiss Pavilion and the UK Pavilion. This message was reiterated and…
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Plant Doctors facebook group – new innovation by Plantwise Bangladesh

Contributed by Malvika Chaudhary CABI Bangladesh and Madeleine Kaufmann CABI Switzerland We would like to share with you a new innovation by Plantwise Bangladesh. They lately created a “Plant Doctor Facebook Group” having two purposes. On the one hand plant doctors can communicate with each other sharing and exchange information and experience on plant pests…
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Developing skills for kitchen gardeners in the Punjab

Contributed by Madeleine Kaufmann, CABI Switzerland, with information from CABI Pakistan. Agriculture is the mainstay of Pakistan’s economy. It engages nearly half of the country’s workforce and accounts for over 20% of GDP. Together with agro-based products, agriculture contributes 80% of the country’s total export earnings. But despite the economic importance of agriculture, many young…
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Key decisions regarding pesticides at the Conferences of Parties of the Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

Contributed by Melanie Bateman, CABI Switzerland In May, the Conferences of Parties of the Rotterdam, Basel and Stockholm Conventions (Triple COPs) met in Geneva, Switzerland. These are the three major international conventions dealing with chemicals and hazardous waste at a global level, and one thing that they do is to list chemicals which the international…
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Science Fair at the Triple COPs emphasizes the scientific basis of the major chemical conventions

Contributed by Melanie Bateman, CABI Switzerland Dozens of events, hundreds of partners, and thousands of conversations: the Science Fair at the Triple COPs (Conferences of Parties of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions) underlined the scientific basis for the three major international conventions dealing with chemicals and hazardous waste at a global level.
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Italian news coverage for Plantwise exhibit at Expo Milano 2015

Check out some Italian news coverage about the interactive Plantwise exhibit at Expo Milano 2015! The Plantwise programme is featured at the Swiss pavilion showing visitors how international development programmes, through the support of the Swiss Confederation and public funding are providing solutions for farmers to manage plant health challenges through timely, science-based knowledge. The…
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Integrated Crop Management Masters students with CABI Switzerland sharing visions for a sustainable agriculture

Contributed by Melanie Bateman, CABI Switzerland In March of this year, 11 students from 10 different countries journeyed to CABI’s Centre in Switzerland and embarked on a Masters of Advanced Studies in Integrated Crop Management (ICM). ICM is a sustainable approach to farming which promotes practices that are economically-viable and that integrate the needs of…
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