Protecting the world’s most important crops

Experts from different regions and disciplines are proposing a global approach that will respond to existing and emerging crop diseases around the world.

During a meeting at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in February, the experts — including pathologists, economists, geneticists, geographers, statisticians, and entomologists — developed a framework for a global surveillance system for crop diseases.

The system aims to reduce the global burden of crop diseases by informing, preparing, and enabling response plans for a food-secure future.