Most people in absolute poverty are living on small farms, according to the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Lack of development for smallholder farmers has left nearly half of India’s children malnourished. In response MSSRF are supporting the establishment of the plant clinics in order to empower local farmers to deal with endemic pests and plant health problems, and help create an early warning system for those pests that are spreading. New plant clinics have been established across Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Maharashtra, Orissa, and Jammu. This is in addition to holding a high-level round table for next steps to expand the breadth and impacts already seen with Plantwise activities in the country. There have been cluster meetings to link key actors and exchange knowlege of plant health challenges and solutions across the system.
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