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SPOTLIGHT: Cultivating compliance and raising awareness on risk of plant pest spread through e-commerce

Posted on Wed, 12 Jun 2024, 12:08

In the dynamic landscape of global trade, the surge of cross-border e-commerce has created numerous opportunities for economic growth, particularly for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs). However, beneath the surface lies a challenge requiring the global phytosanitary community's attention: …

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Dialogue strengthens on plant pest risks to food and humanitarian aid

Posted on Fri, 07 Jun 2024, 08:02

Rome, 07June 2024. In the sphere of humanitarian aid, providing food and other essentials for communities in crisis is a noble endeavor. However, while such aid is crucial during emergencies, it also brings potential threat of plant pests, posing …

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Plant Health Without Borders: Fostering International Collaboration

Posted on Wed, 05 Jun 2024, 12:43


In a world increasingly interconnected through trade, climate change and biodiversity, the health of our plants has never been more crucial. Recognizing this and following on the International Day of Plant Health that was celebrated on 12 May, the …

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Implementation and Capacity Development Committee discusses measures to enhance IPPC implementation

Posted on Wed, 05 Jun 2024, 07:41

Rome, 4 June 2024. The Implementation and Capacity Development Committee (IC) met from 13-17 May 2024 in Rome, Italy, to discuss strategies of enhancing the technical capacity of contracting parties to effectively and efficiently adopt the International Plant Protection Convention …

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Egypt embraces Africa Phytosanitary Programme

Posted on Tue, 28 May 2024, 08:21

Cairo, 27 May 2024. The Government of Egypt and the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat have reaffirmed their commitment to working together to strengthen the technical capacity to prevent and mitigate the impact of plant pests …

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Standards Committee and Standards Committee Working Group approve five standards for consultation

Posted on Mon, 20 May 2024, 07:22

Rome, 16 May 2024. The Standards Committee (SC) and the Standards Committee Working Group (SC-7) of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) approved five draft International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs), one draft specification for consultation and four phytosanitary …

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CPM-18 update: Revisions to phytosanitary standards and recommendation adopted

Posted on Mon, 20 May 2024, 07:15

Rome, 16 April 2024. The Eighteenth Session of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM-18) adopted four International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs) to strengthen collaboration for global plant health and advance compliance with phytosanitary standards. CPM-18, which was held …

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Strengthening global partnerships: IPPC participates in World Customs Organization Round Table

Posted on Tue, 14 May 2024, 13:29

Brussels, 26 April 2024 - The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat participated in the 243rd/244th Permanent Technical Committee (PTC) meeting of the World Customs Organization (WCO) in Brussels, Belgium, held from 23-26 April 2024.

The WCO's theme for 2024, …

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SPOTLIGHT: Zambia, steadfast champion for plant health and the Africa Phytosanitary Programme

Posted on Tue, 14 May 2024, 13:04

With plant pests and diseases becoming more severe, causing significant crop production and economic losses worldwide, impacting food security and affecting safe trade, the role of national plant protection organizations (NPPOs) as competent national authorities and vanguards of plant protection …

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Zambia holds Africa Phytosanitary Programme training of phytosanitary technical staff and stakeholders

Posted on Tue, 14 May 2024, 10:03

Kabwe, 10 May 2024- The national plant protection organization (NPPO) of Zambia- the Plant Quarantine and Phytosanitary Service (PQPS), successfully conducted a three-day training of NPPO technical staff and stakeholders in the application of the geospatial techniques in pest …

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Director-General sets out several reasons for enhanced and coordinated work to protect plant health at International Day of Plant Health (IDPH) event

Posted on Mon, 13 May 2024, 17:34


Rome – FAO Director-General QU Dongyu today called for stepped up efforts to protect plant health, underlining that “safeguarding the health of plants means that we are safeguarding the health of the planet.” Qu was speaking at an event …

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SPOTLIGHT: Leaving the old, embracing the new: Uganda’s success with ePhyto

Posted on Mon, 13 May 2024, 07:33

Agriculture is the lifeblood of Uganda’s economy. Seven in 10 Ugandans are employed in agriculture. Agriculture is responsible for 24 percent of Uganda’s income. Agricultural trade contributes 33 percent to the country’s export earnings.

Over the years, Uganda has made …

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SPOTLIGHT: IPPC ePhyto Solution supports Argentina’s paperless export trade

Posted on Mon, 13 May 2024, 07:26

In 2009, Argentina decided to adopt electronic phytosanitary certification of agricultural products to facilitate faster and safer trade with other countries, in a more accurate and timely manner. The country’s officials had also received information from stakeholders involved in trade, …

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COMESA countries upgrade laboratory diagnostic capacity to manage Fusarium TR4

Posted on Mon, 13 May 2024, 07:14

Vienna, 26 April 2024. Member states of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) region have taken a significant step in their efforts to protect the region from infestation by the destructive Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense Tropical …

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