Subregional Office


 for Eastern Africa (SFE)



Plant Production and Protection

The unit is working in close cooperation with the “Agriculture & Consumer Protection Department” and its “AGP Plant Production & Protection Division” of FAO Headquarters covering three services ( AGPC , AGPP , AGPS ).

Links: Agriculture and Consumer Protection Department & Basic Support for Cooperative Work


Focus of activities:

  • Participate in the formulation and implementation of plant production and protection development programmes and projects in the Sub-Region;
  • Collaborate with SFE’s Multi-disciplinary Team (MDT) and HQ to integrate plant production and protection activities into on-going work of the Multidisciplinary Team;
  • Conduct periodic reviews and appraisal of the current plant production and protection situation in the Sub-region, through studies and surveys;
  • Provide technical backstopping to projects dealing with the strengthening of plant production (including seed policy and seed systems) and protection intensification and diversification of cropping systems, breeding, use and conservation of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA), seed production and policy) and plant protection in the Sub-region;
  • Provide Sub-regional perspectives on thematic crosscutting initiatives such as: biodiversity, bio-security, good agriculture practices and organic agriculture for inclusion in Sub-regional plant production and protection programmes, in particular EMPRES;
  • Analyze and disseminate information on and participate in the conduct of national and Sub-regional training courses required for the support and implementation of relevant International Conventions and Agreements such as:  the IPPC, the Rotterdam Convention, the IT-PGRFA, and the Global Plan of Action on PGRFA;
  • Contribute to FAO regular programme activities on plant production and protection;
  • Develop and maintain contacts with  academic/research institutions and “Centres of excellence” in the Sub-region and with national, regional and sub-regional institutions, organizations and bilateral assistance agencies in order to promote sub-regional cooperation in plant production and protection;
  • Participate in sub-regional meetings, workshops, conferences, seminars dealing with plant production and protection; and
  • Contribute to regional and global planning and reporting.

Major issues:

Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC)

  • Support implementation of the IPPC through support to national and sub-regional programmes, policies, and projects;
  • Provide assistance to countries to strengthen their national phytosanitary services where possible through an integrated approach with animal health and food safety services;
  • Encourage national participation, using the International Phytosanitary Portal (IPP), to exchange official information as identified in the IPPC, as a component of the International Portal on Food Safety, Animal, and Plant Health (IPFSAPH), including through national and sub-regional training courses.

Pesticide Risk Reduction through Pesticide Management, IPM and the Use of Bio-pesticides

  • Support implementation of the Rotterdam Convention, the FAO Code of Conduct on Pesticides, and other international pesticide risk reduction instruments through support to national and sub-regional programmes, policies, and projects;
  • Support design, preparation, and implementation of national and sub-regional IPM strategies and programmes that reduce pesticide risks and improve food safety and market access;
  • Support national plant protection organizations implementing integrated area-wide IPM programmes for major insect pests of crops especially for achieving areas of low pest prevalence or free of insect pests through area wide interventions;
  • Support national programmes for the progressive control and/or suppression of fruit flies and other major plant pests by public and private sector bodies through developing and integrating the Sterile Insect Technique with other methods; and
  • Respond to enquiries in relation to plant pest control.

 EMPRES - Migratory and Transboundary Invasive Plant Pests

  • Enhance the capacities of National Locust Control Units in respect of Early Warning and Early Reaction, and more effective collaboration between the Liaison Officers and Desert Locust Units in EA countries;
  • Support preparation of national contingency plans prior to, and strategic management- and operational plans subsequent to invasions by transboundary (plant) pests;
  • Maintain a sub-regional thematic knowledge network of national specialists, including and through the FAORs, on plant protection issues especially involving international and transboundary plant pest problems.

Conservation and Sustainable Use of Plant Genetic Resources &
Sustainable Intensification and Diversification of Crop Production System

  • Strengthen sustainable production, intensification,  and conservation of agriculture by ensuring that national programmes, policies, and projects incorporate integrated management approaches;
  • Strengthen relations with academic/research institutions and “Centres of excellence” for the sub-region;
  • Contribute as requested to planning of activities and to the preparation of projects and programme documents, as well as formulation and evaluation of TCP, UTF, and GCP projects and field programmes.

Countries - appraise the general situation of plant production and protection via their National Crop Production & Protection Programme. Provide technical backstopping to ongoing and planned activities; and support the development and follow up of new initiatives with the FAO Plant Production and Protection Division (AGP).

The FAO Plant Production & Protection Division

AGP draws on an experienced and knowledgeable group of technical experts on a range of disciplines contributing to achievement of the different Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) directly related to FAO’s mandate, particularly MDG 1 (Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger) but also MDG 7 (Ensure environmental sustainability) and MDG 8 (develop a global partnership for development). AGP also has a comparative advantage of networks and access extending globally from national policy makers to village farmers’ organizations.

AGP meetig Participants, Feb 2007
“One AGP” meeting, Feb. 2007, Rome, Italy