Update: Plant Health News (18 Nov 15)

The Teff Harvest, Northern Ethiopia © Alan Davey, CC BY
The Teff Harvest, Northern Ethiopia © Alan Davey, CC BY

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including the synopsis, productivity and efficiency of smallholder teff farmers in Ethiopia, the implementation of a project to control fruit fly in Ecuador, and the production and saving seed in Papua New Guinea.

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Update: Plant Health News (21 Oct 15)

The Gene Stewardship Award was presented to 3 Kenyan scientists for their work in tackling the deadly wheat rust © IAEA Imagebank
The Gene Stewardship Award was presented to 3 Kenyan scientists for their work in tackling wheat rust © IAEA Imagebank

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including how technology could increase Citrus yields in Pakistan by 30%, what scientists in Kenya are doing to eliminate devastating wheat rust and a global maps of the gap between potential and actual yields of wheat and maize.

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Update: Plant Health News (07 Oct 15)

Farmers examine crop residues, a key feature of Conservation Agriculture © CIMMYT (CC BY-NC-SA)
Farmers examine crop residues, a key feature of Conservation Agriculture © CIMMYT (CC BY-NC-SA)

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including the World Food Programme to tackle postharvest loss in Uganda, a key new discovery in the way that nematodes cause damage to plants and using conservation agriculture to boost wheat yields in India.

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Factsheet of the month: October 2015 – Grain storage in metal silos against insect pests

20157800264Last week, 193 Member States of the United Nations adopted the new Sustainable Development Agenda to end poverty by 2030. This came at the beginning of a three-day Summit on Sustainable Development during which focussed on implanting changes that will see the Agenda achieve its ambitious aims. The Agenda, consisting of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), will help countries to develop their policies over the next 15 years.

The second SDG on the list is to “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.” Globally, 1 in 9 people are undernourished, the majority of whom are in developing countries where food loss is an important factor. Food loss is the food that gets spilled or spoilt before it reaches its final product or retail stage, whereas food waste happens at the retailer or consumer stage. Continue reading