Part 1: Call to Action - Plant Pathologists to Advance Food Security in the Developing World
Broadcast Date: September 16th | 11:30 am Central
With an ever-increasing world population, need for more food production, and continuous threat on crop and food production by pests and diseases, plant pathologists are called to action. International agriculture and rural development programs and agencies strive to achieve long-term solutions to agricultural, social, and economic problems by helping developing countries build the necessary human and institutional capacities needed to solve these problems.
Plant pathologists are poised to make transformative impacts on the livelihoods of farmers around the world by improving crop production and protection, nutrition, health, income, and food security. This webinar will highlight the history and concepts of international development with emphasis on agriculture and rural development components, the different agencies and programs involved, the educational and training opportunities available, and the need for an equitable and sustainable plan to achieve food security.
About the Presenter
Amer Fayad is a plant pathologist specialized in plant viruses and integrated pest management (IPM). He has a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from Virginia Tech, an M.S. in Crop Protection, a B.S. in Agriculture, and a Diploma of “Ingenieur Agricole” from the American University of Beirut. Fayad’s experience in managing international agriculture and development programs includes working as Associate Director of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Integrated Pest Management (IPM IL), a USAID-funded program managed by Virginia Tech. He led IPM project design and implementation, provided research guidance to project partners, coordinated IPM activities relevant to plant pathogens, coordinated identification and development of management strategies including biological control of pathogens, and organized regional and international workshops and symposia. Project countries included Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Indonesia, India, Kenya, Nepal, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda. Fayad is currently a National Program Leader in the division of plant systems protection at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA, USDA).