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?

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]

International Treaties, Conventions, Advisory Bodies

10th meeting of the Chemical Review Committee

Wednesday (22 October): The 10th meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC) of the Rotterdam Convention will take place at FAO HQ from 22 – 24 October 2014, back-to back with the 10th meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC) of the Stockholm...[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]

Horticulture and Diversification

VIII International Congress on Cactus Pear and Cochineal

The International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS), FAO---ICARDA Cactusnet and the Department of Agricultural and forestry Science of the University of Palermo (IT), jointly with the Department of Science for Nature and Environmental Resources / University of Sassari...[more]

Pest and Pesticide Management

Information note on the outcomes of the 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]

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

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]