Plantwise Newsletter July 2014
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Nearly 1 billion people go hungry every day; but with a little help they can protect their crops and feed their families
5th August, 2014, Accra, Ghana – For farmers across Africa and around the world, tackling crop pest problems in a safe and sustainable way is a major challenge. Currently between 30-40% of crops on average are lost to pests, and while the technology and knowledge exist to reduce losses, vital plant health information remains out of reach for many farmers. This week, four African countries united in Accra to outline actions for coordinated pest management and pesticide risk reduction. The goal: building linkages to enable safe and sustainable food security at a national, regional and global level. Click here to read full press release in English and in French.
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