Sustainable crop production with PlantwisePlus

The problem

The impacts of climate change are being felt around the world, and rural communities in developing countries are bearing the brunt.

Farmers are facing increasingly severe climate impacts like drought, increased soil salinity, and new insect pest and disease threats. Farmers - in particular female farmers - are among the most vulnerable to the impacts as they often lack the resources and skills to respond to these challenges.

With the right support, countries and farmers most vulnerable to climate risks can adapt to climate change, delivering improved food security and economic development.

The challenge

Without smarter tools and processes for surveillance and mitigation, pest and invasive species outbreaks continue to threaten food security.

Low numbers of public extension workers mean smallholder farmers do not have access to the crop advice they need, when they need it.

In addition, many agro-input dealers lack the capacity to provide accurate diagnoses and sound crop health advice.

There is poor awareness on the hazards of excessive pesticide use among farmers, agricultural service providers and consumers.

There is not enough access to effective and affordable lower-risk alternatives to pesticides.

Our vision

A world where smallholder farmers have increased incomes and grow safer and higher quality food through sustainable approaches to crop production.

How we will do it

PlantwisePlus is tackling these challenges head-on by following three key impact pathways:

Pest preparedness

Strengthen detection and response to pest outbreaks

Strengthening detection and response to pest outbreaks

Farmer advisory

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Improving the capacity of public and private actors providing support to farmers

Pesticide risk reduction

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Enhancing the use of low-risk plant protection solutions and promoting the demand for safer food