Plant doctors to the rescue in integrated pest management

By Dyna Eam. Reblogged from the CGIAR CCAFS blog.

Farmer representatives and project team members of Rohal Suong Climate-Smart Village in Cambodia learn about rice pest management in light of climate change.

Many people attribute floods, droughts and cyclones to climate change and these natural disasters impact greatly on agricultural productivity. But recent scientific evidences show that pests are getting a boost from climate change. The increasing temperature and erratic rainfall cause pests and diseases to thrive and infest crops in wider ranges of places globally.

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Surveillance critical to halting deadly tomato pest

By Jackie Opara. Reblogged from SciDev.Net

© Marja van der Straten/NVWA Plant Protection Service/Bugwood – CC BY-NC 3.0 US

Effective surveillance and integrated pest management could curb the devastating impacts of tomato pest, Tuta absoluta, also called tomato leaf miner, which is ravaging the crop in Nigeria, experts say.

T. absoluta has affected most parts of northern Nigeria tomato farms in Kaduna state, causing a loss of more than 1 billion naira (about US$3.5 million), leading to rising tomato prices, according to the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI) — an organisation working with African governments and research institutions to monitor the spread of the pest.

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Doctors for Farmers

The FARA Social Reporters Blog

Damien Nsabiyumve explaining the role of "plant doctors" through the "Plantwise" programme Damien Nsabiyumve explaining the role of “plant doctors” in the “Plantwise” programme

The 7th Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW7) organized by the Forum for Agriculture Research in Africa (FARA) is took place in Kigali-Rwanda from June 13-16. During this event many companies and organisations attended, and brought their products and services to market and share innovations from different regions.

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Clínica de plantas atendió en el Día Nacional de Protección de los Cítricos en Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Puesto de productores de cítricos en la feria. Fotografía de José Gómez

El sábado 18 de junio, se llevó a cabo el Día Nacional de Protección de los Cítricos. Esta actividad fue organizada por el Ministerio de Desarrollo Rural y Tierras, y se realizó en todos los departamentos del país. El Servicio Nacional de Sanidad Agropecuaria e Inocuidad Alimentaria (SENASAG), la Gobernación de Santa Cruz y la Asociación de Productores de Frutas se encargaron de realizar esta actividad en el Parque Urbano de Santa Cruz de la Sierra. La actividad contó con la presencia de empresas productoras y procesadoras de cítricos, empresas de insumos agrícolas, productores de zonas aledañas, y entidades del gobierno regional y nacional.

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New guidelines for addressing highly hazardous pesticides

The new guidelines list the 8 criteria which determine whether a pesticide is highly hazardous © USAID Egypt (CC BY-NC)
The new guidelines list 8 criteria which determine whether a pesticide is highly hazardous © USAID Egypt (CC BY-NC)

Written by Melanie Bateman, CABI

There are many different ways in which pesticides can potentially cause harm to human health or to the environment. For example, substances which are acutely toxic can knock someone down rather rapidly, with symptoms felt within a short space of time. Chronic toxicity, on the other hand, can lead to effects which develop slowly following long and continuous exposure to low concentrations of a hazardous pesticide. Potential consequences of chronic exposure include health problems such as birth defects, developmental issues, cancers, etc. Pesticides can also impact non-target organisms such predators, pollinators, soil biota and aquatic organisms.  Continue reading

Tackling invasive species to protect farmer incomes and livelihoods

CABI Invasives Blog

Elias Kamuga“I have suffered [crop] losses amounting to 90%. I have no other source of income apart from tomato farming. I was relying on this crop to feed my family. I have nothing to do now other than tery to think of what to do next.”

Elias Kamuga, Farmer, Kenya

Elias is a smallholder farmer from Kenya. Every year he sells his tomato crop at the local market, which gives him enough money to feed his family. But the arrival of a tomato pest to his region in Kenya has stopped that. The pest – a moth called a tomato leaf miner or Tuta absoluta – was recently introduced to Africa. This pest is an invasive species, and is destroying people’s livelihoods.

In 2015, Elias started to notice his tomatoes were being damaged by this pest. He tried taking them to market, but customers said they had too many holes and…

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Farming First and GACSA launch creative partnership to explore “Climate-Smart Agriculture in Action”

Contributed by Farming First

CSAOne billion farmers all over the world, responsible for growing the food the feeds the planet, are under unprecedented pressure from a changing climate. For eight months in a row now, temperatures have been the highest on record. Food shortages are affecting an estimated 100 million people in the wake of drought prompted by the strongest El Niño we have ever seen.

We urgently require ways of helping farmers preserve food security, and adapt to these harsher realities. We also need to ensure farmers can be part of the solution to climate change, given that food systems account for 19-29% of total greenhouse gas emissions.

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