GCP/INT/110/ITA - Policy and Technical Support for National Contingency Planning in Countries at Direct Risk of New Virulent Races of Wheat Rusts

Region Interregional & Global
Subregion Interregional & Global
Country/Territory Bangladesh, Buthan, Egypt, India, Morocco, Nepal, Pakistan, Syria, Turkey
Objective The project contributes to global food security through the reduction of the impact of wheat rust epidemics through support to countries in prevention and management of emerging wheat rusts and the enhancement of wheat productivity.
Activities and Outcomes In 2008, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has launched the Wheat Rust Disease Global Programme (WRDGP) to prevent wheat rust diseases. The WRDGP is part of the expanded Emergency Prevention System for Transboundary Animal and Plant Pests and Diseases (FAO/EMPRES), and it is a multi-donor initiative that coordinates FAO’s wheat rust activities that are implemented in close collaboration with the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI) partners. This project aims at supporting national governments in countries that have expressed interest in the development of a national contingency plan for wheat rusts and will also support awareness raising and promote regional cooperation in action taken against wheat rusts in the South Asian countries. The project will be implemented closely and primarily with national governments by realizing workshops and training sessions. Awareness raising with the policy makers is a priority to pave the grounds for government support in the setting-up of national frameworks within which surveillance, seed multiplication and field management practices for wheat rust prevention and management could be effectively implemented.
Donor Italian Government
Implementing agency FAO
Duration 2010 - 2012
Budget USD 185,000
Project status Active

Involved Instituions


Andrew Sobey:

FAO Project Regional Coordinator



Peter Kenmore:

FAO Lead Technical Unit Officer