Get ready to celebrate the International Day of Plant Health!


Healthy plants constitute the foundation for all life on Earth, as well as ecosystem functions, food security and nutrition. Plant health is key to the sustainable development of agriculture required to feed a growing global population by 2050.

As FAO has welcomed a UN decision to establish an annual International Day of Plant Health (IDPH) on 12 May, brush up your knowledge on the topic through a selection of FAO titles highlighting the importance of plant health, and get ready to celebrate!

All news and updates on the observance can be found on the IDPH website.

Scientific review of the impact of climate change on plant pests – A global challenge to prevent and mitigate plant pest risks in agriculture, forestry and ecosystems
This study warns that climate change may increase the risk of pests being introduced to new areas. It recommends conducting pest risk analyses and strengthening international cooperation as preventive measures to protect plant health. The report is also available in a device-friendly format.

International Year of Plant Health – Final report
The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health to raise global awareness on how protecting plants from pests and diseases can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development. This report presents the key outcomes and achievements of the Year, and highlights its main legacies.

2020 Plant Production and Protection Annual Report
An overview of the FAO Plant Production and Protection Division’s work in the year 2020. Key facts and achievements are presented, including policy briefs on sustainable crop production and COVID-19, as well as the efforts made on crop varietal development.

Prevention, preparedness and response guidelines for Spodoptera frugiperda 
These guidelines provide information on the distribution and biology of the Fall Armyworm. They also provide guidance on how to conduct a response plan and on suppression methods, such as biological control and microbial pesticides.

Bringing climate change adaptation into farmer field schools
This publication provides guidance to FFS practitioners so that they can better work with individual farmers and communities – using a “climate change lens” – in identifying, testing and adapting new practices that respond to changes and variability in local weather.

Additional resources

About transboundary plant pests and diseases

About Fall Armyworm

About pest and pesticides management

From the Rotterdam Convention

From the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC)

Activity book for children

Press release

Still looking for knowledge? Have a look at the FAO Publications catalogue.