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?

International Treaties, Conventions, Advisory Bodies

The achievements of Rotterdam Convention in contributing to attain food security through sustainable agriculture in 2014

In occasion of the last Divisional meeting for the year 2014, the Secretariat of the Rotterdam Convention prepared a short video to report some of the main achievements for the year 2014, bearing in mind that Partnership, National level implementation, strengthening Governance...[more]

Pest and Pesticide Management

Technical consultation on prevention and management of Fusarium wilt disease of banana

Fusarium wilt disease, caused by the fungus Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense (Foc), is among the most destructive diseases of banana. A new race of the fungus known as Tropical Race 4 (TR4) has been affecting severely banana plantations in Southeast Asia and recently it has...[more]

Seeds and Plant Genetic Resources

Genebank Standards for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

The Seeds and Plant Genetic Resources Team of the FAO is pleased to advise that the Genebank Standards for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (endorsed by the Commission for Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture at its Fourteenth Regular Session held from 15 -...[more]

Horticulture and Diversification

A new project on food security in urban areas in Central Africa was launched in Malabo

Malabo (Equatorial Guinea) hosted, on 11 and 12 November 2014, the inception workshop of the project « La sécurité alimentaire renforcée en milieu urbain en Afrique centrale grâce à une meilleure disponibilité de la nourriture produite localement » (Improving urban food security...[more]

Sustainable Crop Production Intensification

Farmers Field Schools (FFS): Strengthening capacities at sub-regional level

Farmers Field Schools (FFS) employ participatory learning processes to enhance capacities of rural communities to improve food production and livelihoods, tailored to local needs. FFS were initiated in Asia over 20 years ago in the context of FAO and Government led efforts on...[more]

Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Pollination in apple orchards in the Hindu-Kush Himalaya region

In the Hindu-Kush Himalayan (HKH) region of Asia, apple production is a major agricultural activity, and is one of the most important crops. Worth approximately US$500 million/year, and for some farmers, up to 80% of total family income derives from apple production....[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]