2020 The International Year of Plant Health


International Year of Plant Health 2020 (IYPH 2020) was officially declared by the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly on 20th December 2018.
Why an IYPH 2020?
National, regional and global plant health organizations need to raise awareness of the importance and positive impacts of plant health in addressing issues of global importance, including hunger, poverty, threats to the environment and economic development.
Why do we need to raise awareness for plant health?
·In recent years the risks of pest movement and introduction into new areas have increased dramatically.
· Increased trade in plant commodities and products and the effects of climate change provide easier opportunities for pests, weeds and disease causing organisms to enter establish and spread into new environments.
·Over the same time period, the human and monetary resources of plant health services and plant protection research and educational services have consistently decreased.
To tackle these challenges, it is essential to raise the awareness of the importance of plant health to both decision-makers and the general public.

Upcoming News & Events

Fast tracking of certified seed potato through improved diagnosis of bacterial wilt using Field Deployable LAMP Assay

Bacterial wilt, caused by Ralstonia solanacearum speciescomplex (RSSC), is an old but serious bioticconstraint and one of the most significant limitations to clean potato seed production, an essential component of high yields in many countries in Sub Saharan Africa. It has resulted in 30-100% potato yield losses putting a huge dent on food security and livelihoods of many smallholder farmers. 


Water and Sanitation CS Simon Chelugui Visits the KEPHIS Stand During the Ongoing Nakuru ASK Show

Nakuru Showgrounds - Pleased to host Water and Sanitation CS Simon Chelugui at the KEPHIS stand during the ongoing Nakuru Show where we briefed him on mandate.


Sustainability Initiatives Bearing Fruit at Lunza Primary School, Kakamega County

Lunza Primary School, Butere, Kakamega County - Lunza Primary School has 812 students, many of whom walk barefoot to and from school. Recently, the school produced the first pupil to go to a national school, Alliance High School.


KEPHIS Wins Again at the 2019 Machakos ASK Show

Machakos Showground - KEPHIS is proud once again to have taken the Best Regulatory Authority stand during this year's Machakos ASK Show.


KEPHIS Wins First Position for the Electronic Certification System(ECS) at the Africa Public Service Week.

KICC - The African Public Service week was held from the 21st - 23rd June 2019 at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre.


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