Fall Armyworm: A new collaboration to disseminate best management practices to farmers

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From the 13th to the 15th of November 2017, USAID and CIMMYT held a Regional Training and Awareness Generation Workshop on Fall Armyworm Pest Management for Eastern Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Participants from 11 countries attended the workshop to discuss short, medium and long term strategies to control Fall Armyworm in Africa. Following its…
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Plant Doctors in Ghana go digital

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The operation of plant clinics in Ghana received a major boost with the introduction of digital devices to facilitate the work of plant doctors. The introduction of tablets and Android phones has proven to help plant doctors improve the quantity and quality of data generated from plant clinic operations.
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Update: New Pest & Disease Records (15 Dec 17)

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We’ve selected a few of the latest new geographic, host and species records for plant pests and diseases from CAB Abstracts. Records this fortnight include a first report of snow mould (Typhula cf. subvariabilis) in Antarctica, the first report of Drosophila suzukii and the black locust gall midge (Obolodiplosis robiniae) in Poland.
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Space-age technology for fight against crop-devastating pest outbreaks

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Last night, the Pest Risk Information Service (PRISE), which uses state-of-the-art technology to help inform farmers in sub-Saharan Africa of pest outbreaks, was launched in Zambia at the British High Commission in Lusaka. The service is being developed by a consortium led by CABI and is funded by the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme…
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Photo story: e-plant clinics in Sri Lanka

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E-plant clinics in Sri Lanka were launched in June 2015. Since then 190 Plant doctors have been trained and equipped with tablets, with the Sri Lankan Ministry of Agriculture funding half of the total number of tablets themselves. Being equipped with tablets means Plant doctors give higher quality recommendations, and the data collection process is also…
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Gobernación de Santa Cruz lanza piloto de Clínicas de Planta Electrónicas

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La Gobernación de Santa Cruz por medio de su ‘Servicio Departamental Agropecuario y Sanidad e Inocuidad Agropecuaria’ (SEDACRUZ) y de DSIA, conjuntamente con el Centro de Investigación Agrícola Tropical (CIAT-Bolivia) implementan clínicas de plantas en el departamento de Santa Cruz, Bolivia, desde el 2012. El grupo coordina acciones de entrega de servicios de diagnóstico y…
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Data democracy: a new age

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The power of data over our lives is hard to overestimate. It governs how we understand and interact with the modern world, how it is measured and controlled. So, what is being done to utilise open data for global food security and nutrition?
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PRISE: speaking to the end user – pest alerts for plant doctors in Africa

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After 2 hours drive, we arrive in Rufunsa District located approximately 150 kilometres east of the Zambian Capital, Lusaka. After exchanging pleasantries we settle down with Brian Siame, a trained plant doctor and one of the participants in our survey to find out more about plant doctor requirements for pest alert messages. After a brief…
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How ICTs are key to Plantwise's sustainability

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The Plantwise programme has expanded in terms of its plant clinic network, the number of countries involved and the number of farmers reached since its launch in 2011. This expansion has been facilitated to a significant extent by an ICT infrastructure, i.e. the Knowledge Bank and e-plant clinics (plant clinics equipped with tablets). Mozambique, Nepal, Malawi, Nicaragua…
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Plantwise Pest Alerts – free email subscription service

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Are you interested in keeping up to date with crop pest and disease literature reports? You’re invited to sign up to our monthly pest alert email containing links to recently published scientific literature from around the globe. On sign up, select which country or region you are interested in, or the Worldwide regional option. Feel…
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