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Crop production needs to increase to feed East Asia’s rapidly rising population: by 2050 the population of some countries in the region is expected to have doubled from what it was in 2000. Political unrest, floods and poor soil quality all have an impact on the ability of farmers to grow more, so reducing the amount of crops that are lost through damage by pests and diseases – without increasing the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides, which pollute the air and water – is vital.

 

Knowledge Bank page for East Asia

 

Where we’re active:

Cambodia, China, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam

 

What we’re doing

East Asia’s first plant clinic opened its doors in Vietnam in 2007. Since then the Plantwise programme has gone from strength to strength, with 68 regular plant clinics set up in five countries with support from our local partners. Hundreds of farmers visit these clinics to receive advice and information on plant health from plant doctors, who are trained to diagnose problems with crops and give advice on controlling them.

We are also

•Helping farmers in remote communities with mobile clinics, phone advice services and plant health rallies that deliver advice about common plant health problems. We're also building links with diagnostic services in each country, to support plant doctors when they need to send crop samples to labs for identification and providing specific training and information to plant doctors on problems associated with rice – a primary crop in many East Asian countries – and solutions for tackling them

How we're ensuring healthy crops for the long term

Using data from plant clinics, we’re identifying key crop problems and developing targeted factsheets to help plant doctors and farmers diagnose, understand and manage them. As well as this, governments in the countries where we’re active have committted to making Plantwise a permanent part of their national plant health programmes, and providing long-term financial support. We’re also increasing the awareness and use of clinics in rural communities by producing leaflets and posters and getting coverage in the media.


Contact Plantwise

If you would like to discuss how you can get involved with Plantwise today.

plantwise@cabi.org
+44 (0)1491 832111