Plant Production and Protection

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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FAO and partners begin a new chapter in collaboration and advocacy


International Year of Millets panel shares cultural perspectives


Research and development depend on investment and policy support


FAO Plant Production and Protection

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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Pesticide Registration Toolkit

The FAO Pesticide Registration Toolkit is a decision support system for pesticide registrars in low and middle income countries.

City Region Food Systems Assessment and Planning Online Toolkit

To complement the CRFS Assessment and Planning Handbook, the online Toolkit provides supplementary explanations, practical tools, training materials, technical examples, and workshop resources related to activities within each project module.

Rotterdam Convention Technical Assistance Interactive Map

The interactive map allows users to have a comprehensive overview of the work of the Rotterdam Convention.

Tool for Agroecology Performance Evaluation (TAPE)

How agroecology supports the transformation to more sustainable agricultural and food systems.

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Latest publications

Unleashing the potential of millets

This paper includes a synopsis of the current status of millets worldwide and was created to inspire policymakers, farmers, civil society, opinion leaders,...

Millets recipe book

Celebrating the IYM 2023, FAO has featured traditional and innovative millet recipes from the Global Chefs Challenge by chefs and hobby cooks across...

International Year of Millets 2023: communication handbook and toolkit

The IYM communication handbook and toolkit provides background about the IYM objectives, slogan, theme, facts, key messages, calls for action and visual...

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Hybrid Event, 29/03/2024

The International Year of Millets (IYM 2023) has successfully raised awareness and policy attention to: the nutritional and health benefits of millets; the suitability of millets for cultivation under adverse climatic conditions; and the benefits of creating market opportunities for small scale producers through promotion of sustainable production systems for millets. The IYM 2023 Closing ce...

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