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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...[En savoir plus]

Road mapping pesticide risk reduction for the Pacific region

In the Pacific Island countries and territories, the consequences of the rising use of chemical pesticides, including but not limited to misuse, are a threat to the health of both humans and ecosystems. Adverse impacts range from contamination of the natural resources to...[En savoir plus]

Enhancing participation of developing countries in international pesticide standard setting activities

FAO plays an important role in setting international pesticide standards which contribute to the reduction of risks associated with the use of pesticides and to the promotion of sustainable agricultural production. FAO pesticide specifications provide an international point of...[En savoir plus]

Fusarium Wilt TR4 - The Caribbean Carries Out Awareness-Raising and Training Activities

Fusarium wilt TR4 is currently not present in the Americas (including the Caribbean and Latin America) and it is essential to keep this disease out of the region. Currently, global banana production is seriously threatened by the re-emergence of a Fusarium Wilt caused by the...[En savoir plus]

Tropical Race 4 (TR4) of Fusarium wilt: Expanded Threat to Global Banana Production

Bananas (Musa spp.), including dessert banana, plantain, and cooking banana, are the eighth most important food crop in the world, and the fourth most important in the least developed countries (FAOSTAT, 2013). However the crop is vulnerable to a number of diseases, including...[En savoir plus]

Making communities aware of risks from pesticides

From 17 to 21 of March 2014, the FAO/EU partnership project on "Improved pesticides and chemicals management in the Former Soviet Union" held a training on awareness raising and communication in Chisinau, Moldova.The course brought together representatives of national NGOs and...[En savoir plus]

EU and FAO working together to improve pesticides and chemicals management in the former Soviet Union

The FAO-EU partnership project on pesticide management in the former Soviet Union has now been active for two years. This initiative aims to act as a catalyst for the development capacity linked to the improved management of obsolete pesticide and hazardous waste and by...[En savoir plus]

FAO collaborates in fight against coffee rust disease in Central America

FAO is collaborating with partners in Central America in the fight against coffee rust, a disease currently posing a serious threat to the region’s coffee crop.Representatives from agriculture ministries and institutions working on coffee met for a regional workshop co-organized...[En savoir plus]

Inauguration of upgraded greenhouse facility for surveillance of wheat rust diseases

Wheat rust diseases are economically the most important diseases of wheat occurring almost in all wheat growing regions. These fungal pathogens frequently evolve and produce new races which can attack the wheat varieties that may have been resistant previously. The race Ug99 of...[En savoir plus]

Wheat rust diseases remain a constant but neglected threat

FAO is calling for countries in the global ‘wheat belt’ to step up monitoring and prevention for wheat rusts – fungal diseases that do especially well in particularly wet seasons. Yields could be affected across North Africa, the Middle East into West and South Asia, which...[En savoir plus]

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