Germplasm Health in Preventing Transboundary Spread of Pests and Pathogens

Part of the CGIAR International Year of Plant Health Webinar Series

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Webinar 2 will highlight the importance of germplasm (phytosanitary) health in the prevention of transboundary pest and disease spread, as well as the propagation of clean planting material to be used locally. Experts will discuss the implications of poor germplasm practices on agricultural and food system sustainability, farmer livelihoods, and food and nutrition security. They will also examine how opportunities for greater workplace diversity in germplasm health hubs and gender-responsive programming could drive more inclusive sustainable development. Learn more about the webinar series. 

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Event details

17 February 2021 Zoom
12:00 GMT

Speakers and organizers

Lava Kumar

Head of the Germplasm Health Unit, & Virology and Molecular Diagnostics Unit
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

Jan Kreuze

Head of Health and Quarantine Unit
International Potato Center (CIP)

Vivian Polar

Gender and Innovation, Senior Specialist
CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB)

Safaa Kumari

Head of Germplasm Health Unit
International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

Ravi Khetarpal

Executive Secretary
Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI)

Francoise Petter

Assistant Director
European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO)

Charlotte Lusty

Head of Programs
Crop Diversity Trust

Jingyuan Xia

International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC),
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


Organizing Committee
James Stapleton
Head of Communications
International Potato Center (CIP)
Vivian Atakos
Regional Communications Specialist 
International Potato Center (CIP)

CGIAR hosts and partners


About the webinar series

The UN has designated 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). CGIAR’s IYPH 2020 events comprise a series of four webinars of global scope targeting scientists and researchers working in relevant fields. Each webinar will take an in-depth look at a different aspect of the crop supply chain, identifying areas for further research and opportunities to take current scientific innovations to scale, with the aim of boosting the long-term health of plants and the environment in low- and middle-income countries. 

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Photo: The CIP genebank helps to fuel research with an extensive inventory of advanced materials with demanded traits such as drought tolerance and disease resistance. It holds 4500 varieties of potato, 6000 varieties of sweetpotato and 21,000 ascensions. A total of 80 percent of the world’s potato and sweetpotato cultivars are housed at the gene bank. As of 2007 over 1 million hectares planted worldwide with potato varieties bred or obtained through CIP. Credit: CIP