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

Farmers in Trans Mara Urged to Diversify Their Crops for Nutrition and Economic Growth

Osinoni, Kilgoris - Farmers in Trans Mara have been urged to diversify to other crops - from the dominant sugarcane - to upscale their standards of living and fulfil the government's agenda of nutrition and food security.


KEPHIS Hosts Students of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

Muguga - Pleased to host final year students of Biotechnology from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology(JKUAT) at the Plant Quarantine and Bio-security station at Muguga. The laboratory is a world-acclaimed COMESA reference facility.


Essay Writing Competition Launched as Part of Activities to Mark the International Year of Plant Health

KEPHIS Headquarters, Nairobi - KEPHIS today began sensitizing universities about the upcoming Students Essay Writing Competition targeted at university students countrywide.


Makueni County Government Launches Campaign to Eradicate Fruit Fly in Mango

Kwa Kathoka, Makueni County - A campaign dubbed Komesha! Fruit Fly Ufaidike has been launched in Makueni County aimed at improving the production and quality of mangoes in the area to access markets. The campaign, which will run for two years, is set to ensure that Kenyan mangoes meet the standards of overseas markets such as the European Union (EU).



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