AGP - Plant Production and Protection Home

FAO's Plant Production and Protection Division (AGP) promotes Sustainable Intensification of Crop Production. This approach requires the integration and harmonization of all appropriate crop production policies and practices aimed at increasing crop productivity in a sustainable manner, thereby meeting key millennium development goals aimed at reducing hunger and preserving the natural resources and environment for future use. The focus of our activities are to develop and strengthen

  • effective and strategic decisions that increase crop production using an ecosystem approach
  • national capacities to monitor and to respond effectively to transboundary and other important outbreak pests
  • policies and technologies appropriate to needs of a country and/or region to reduce negative impact of pesticides
  • conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources with strong linkages between conservation, plant breeding and seed sector development.


What is happening in and around Plant Production and Protection?

Horticulture and Diversification

ZEAT-BEAD Project in South Sudan

The conflict that erupted at the end of 2013 sharply exacerbated the already fragile food security situation in South Sudan. Although the greater Bahr el Ghazal area has not been the hardest hit, it has not been spared of the impacts of the crisis. The relative stability of this...[more]

Pest and Pesticide Management

Innovative approaches for linking sustainable and agro-ecological production to markets in developing countries

As an output of the international workshop held in Bogota from 23 to 25 June, the Plant Production and Protection and Division and the Rural Infrastructure and Agro-Industries Division of FAO have launched a report on innovative approaches for linking sustainable and ...[more]

Plant Production and Climate Change

FAO/OECD Workshop: Building Resilience for Adaptation to Climate Change in the Agriculture Sector

The FAO/OECD Workshop on Building Resilience for Adaptation to Climate Change in the Agriculture Sector will consider the various types risks to which agriculture is prone, the incidence climate change is expected to have on them, and various risk management strategies,...[more]

Seeds and Plant Genetic Resources

Taller Mesoamericano: Semillas de Alta Calidad en Manos de los Agricultores Familiares: Promoviendo Instituciones Públicas Más Inclusivas. Ciudad de Panamá, del 10 al 12 de noviembre 2015

Varios países de Mesoamérica, vienen trabajando para apoyar la producción de semilla de alta calidad de granos básicos, producida por agricultores familiares. Es el momento de hacer un intercambio de experiencias para realizar recomendaciones que beneficien a la seguridad...[more]

International Treaties, Conventions, Advisory Bodies

Rotterdam Convention: Cross-cutting technical assistance for African Lusophone countries

The Rotterdam Convention, with its normative work related to international trade of hazardous pesticides, plays a key role for the achievement of food security and poverty reduction since it contributes to increased sustainable agricultural production and to the implementation...[more]

Sustainable Crop Production Intensification

The SHARP resilience tool publication and initial results from Angola

The Self-evaluation and Holistic Assessment of climate Resilience of farmers and Pastoralists (SHARP) was developed in 2013 with the aim to help smallholder farmers and pastoralists assess their climate resilience and facilitate discussion between community members on ways...[more]

Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Agroecology within FAO – from global and regional dialogue to implementation

Agroecological approaches have been given increased attention within FAO. As regional meetings are being held this year, FAO is gearing up to implement Agroecology with partners in the next biennium. [more]