AGP - Networks

The development of agricultural technologies and a better use of existing knowledge related to agriculture and resource management will be crucial to meet food demands and preserve ecosytems and their various services. FAO is catalyzing the exchange of information among different actors - including land users, extension officers, policy makers, and the research community - through the use of specialized networks.

The Plant Production and Protection Division is a member of several specialized networks either as their initiator, organizer, focal institution or as a contributing member providing financial and/or in-kind support.

Monitoring and early warning are key in preventing Desert Locust plagues from devastating farmers' fields in Africa and Asia. FAO's Desert Locust Information Service (DLIS) monitors the locust situation and environmental conditions every day. This is achieved by collaborating with locust-affected countries through a network that links national locust centres with FAO. Countries send results of survey and control operations to DLIS and DLIS, in turn, analyzes the data and keeps countries informed of the current situation and expected developments in the coming six weeks. When a threatening situation develops, DLIS immediately issues warnings and alerts. FAO has operated this network since 1978.

SPUSH - Global Network on Salinization Prevention and Productive Use of Salt-affected Habitats

The SPUSH Network is a neutral forum to disseminate and exchange experiences on preventing salinization and managing salt-affected habitats. The main topics covered by the network include: primary and secondary salinization and sodication; management of salinity and sodicity in rainfed, irrigated and coastal areas; biosaline agriculture; as well as socio-economic aspects linked to the management of salt-affected habitats.

The mission of the global WOCAT network is to provide tools that allow Soil and Water Conservation (SWC) specialists to document and share their valuable knowledge in soil and water management. These tools assist them in their search for appropriate SWC technologies and approaches and support them in making decisions in the field and at the planning level.