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 Maturing and Drought Tolerant Crop Varieties Presented to Kitui Farmers at Field Day

Agricultural Training Centre, Kitui - Fast maturing and drought resistant crops that require little water were on display at the Kitui farmers field day as KEPHIS and stakeholders strived to educate and communicate to farmers on crops that are suitable for the arid zone. Varieties of Sorghum, Millet, Cow peas, Pigeon peas and Maize were on display for the over 1080 farmers that attended the event. There was also sukuma wiki(kales) and spinach.


Kitui Deputy Governor meets KEPHIS Board Chair

Kitui - Deputy Governor H.E.Dr. Wathe Nzau(right) with KEPHIS Board Chairman Mr. Robin Achoki before the start of the Kitui farmers field day where more than 600 farmers were taught on suitable crop varieties to grow in their agro ecological zone.


Mbeere Residents Shown Suitable Crops to Plant in Their Agro-Ecological Zone during Field Day

Rwika, Mbeere South - KEPHIS in conjunction with the County Government of Embu and seed stakeholders held a field day at Rwika farm, located in Mbeti Ward, Mbeere South Sub-county. Approximately 400 farmers were in attendance. The aim of the field day was to promote improved drought tolerant crop varieties and sustainable farming technologies for nutrition and food security. 


KEPHIS Urges Busia farmers to Adapt New Farming Technologies and Grow Newly Released Crop Varieties

Tabasamu Farm, Nambale - KEPHIS in collaboration with the County Government of Busia and seed stakeholders conducted a farmer’s field day at Tabasamu farm in Nambale, Busia County. The event that was attended by more than 500 farmers was aimed at educating farmers on new farming technologies and newly released (made available for multiplication) crop varieties suitable for Busia county. 


Raila Odinga Urges Farmers to Grow Food Using Best Agricultural Practices

Opoda Farm, Bondo - More than 500 farmers attended a farmers field day that was hosted by the AU Representative for Infrastructure Development in Africa and Kenya's former Prime Minister Raila Odinga at his Opoda Farm. Speaking during the event at his Opoda Farm in Bondo, Siaya County, Hon. Odinga urged farmers to utilize the available resources they have for their growth and development.


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