Plantwise news update May 2013

PlantwiseLeaves150x150The latest Plantwise newsletter is here. Click ‘Read more’ to find out about the launch of Plantwise in Ghana, discussions on greater collaboration between CABI and agricultural stakeholders in Myanmar,  support for Plantwise from the European Union, and developments in the Knowledge Bank.

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Organized and motivated, African plant health leaders take issue in Rome

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Participation in the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) is much more than just turning up. It needs a good understanding of the technical issues involved, and of the way in which decisions are reached. To be heard, interventions from the floor must be made in the right way at the right time. So to build the consensus on which CPM depends, delegates from the same region with common interests often support each other in plenary. But to be effective, this approach needs planning.

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Plantwise shares impacts of local agricultural advice and partnership building with plant health leaders in Rome

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For 350 international delegates and observers attending this week’s annual meeting of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM), standards will be adopted on plant protection with far-reaching implications on livelihoods, food security and ecosystems back at home. Plantwise, a development cooperation programme led by CABI which works to improve livelihoods in 31 countries, convened representatives of national governments and international organisations on Thursday to address the impact of improved pest advice, and pest tracking, for the small-holder farmer. At the CPM side session representatives of the World Trade Organization, the International Seed Federation and Contracting Parties of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) discussed how Plantwise can support the National Plant Protection Organisations (NPPO) and contribute to the mission of the IPPC.

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Invasive species by sea: What can be done?

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Contributed by Roger Day and Melanie Bateman from Rome

One major cause of pest spread- sea shipment containers- was a key discussion topic on the first evening of the IPPC’s week-long annual meeting, the CPM8. With over 35 million sea shipments each year, regulation is both crucial and extremely complex.

“The complexity of the situation is such that the EU doesn’t hold a common position on the issue,” noted the EU delegate yesterday. One suggestion was to conduct a survey to clarify the nature and extent of the problem, but even that’s complex.  “Surveys can be difficult, and one on sea containers gives me a headache just thinking about it” said the delegate from New Zealand who is the steward for the proposed standard.

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National Plant Protection Organisations to share their experiences of Plantwise with IPPC delegates

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Dr IMO Shamie, of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry & Food Security, Sierra Leone, will be sharing his experiences of working with Plantwise. Credit: Wade Jenner © CABI

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. Continue reading