Plant Production and Protection


The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will celebrate the potato with the first-ever International Day of Potato on 30 May 2024.

Achieving an environmentally sustainable increase of production and access to affordable healthy diets is key. This should be done while protecting and enhancing the livelihoods of the world’s small-scale agricultural producers and other agrifood system actors. Yet agricultural production systems still lack integration, optimization, diversification, and innovation, while relying on the intensive use of chemical inputs and of natural resources. Global food supplies today rely  on just a few crops and animal species, increasing the vulnerability to biotic stresses.
That’s why plant production and protection should focus on sustainable:

These sustainable production and protection technologies can greatly contribute to ensuring food security and nutrition, promoting food quality and safety, supporting farmers’ livelihoods, protecting the environment and biodiversity, and facilitating safe trade and economic growth.


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Developing a sustainable crop production systems for a world free from hunger

FAO Plant Production and Protection

Protecting the environment and biodiversity and facilitating safe trade and economic growth

FAO Plant Production and Protection

Enabling a more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable crop production and protection

FAO Plant Production and Protection

Enhancing farmer’s timely access to affordable quality and safe seeds and planting materials

FAO Plant Production and Protection

Ensuring food security and nutrition through sustainable plant production and protection

FAO Plant Production and Protection

Minimizing agricultural chemical inputs and mitigating climate change impact

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