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.

News & Events

Experts Review the Plant Protection Bill 2020 and Regulations

Nairobi - Experts and stakeholders met to review the Plant Protection Bill 2020, whose main aim is to enhance plant health operations in the country. The Plant Protection Act, which dates back to 1937 and was last reviewed in 1972, aims to align plant health regulations to be in tandem with current business and social environments. 


Malawian High Commissioner’s Visit to KEPHIS Headquarters

KEPHIS Headquarters, Nairobi - Malawian High Commissioner to Kenya H.E. Agrina Mussa paid a courtesy call to KEPHIS to see firsthand a potato project being implemented by KEPHIS, the Centre for Biosciences International(CABI), KALRO and the International Potato Centre.


Great Progress in Automating the Seed Certification and Plant Variety Protection System

The beginning

The seed certification process is a clear way of assuring seed quality hence ensuring that the farming community receives seeds that are viable resulting in value for money.


KEPHIS Donates a Cow for its Corporate Social Sustainability Initiative in Naivasha

Naivasha – Asante Children’s Home is located a few kilometres from Naivasha Town in Nakuru County. The home has 22 children, from 8-18 years old, both boys and girls and was established in 2008. This was the venue for the 2019-2020 Corporate Social Sustainability (CSS) initiative. 

KEPHIS through the Naivasha office donated a cow in calf for the children for their calcium and other health needs. 



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