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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​International Year of Plant Health 2020​


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Healthy plants constitute the foundation for all life on earth, making up the oxygen we breathe and over 80% of the food we eat. Plant health is the key to the sustainable intensification of agriculture to feed the growing global population by 2050. Thus, recognition, advocacy, and support for the promotion of plant health is of paramount importance if the international community is to guarantee plant resources for a food secure world based ​on stable and sustainable ecosystems. With this in mind, in July 2017, the FAO Conference approved a draft resolution requesting the General Assembly of the United Nations to consider declaring 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH).

Read more about the International Year of Plant Health alo​ng with the Official Press Release


​APS Involvement in IYPH 2020

APS will be celebrating the International Year of Plant Health in 2020, and would like your help in identifying opportunities to reach audiences about the importance of plant health. To start the process, ten monthly themes have been identified within which many different messages can be crafted. For example, the Public Policy Board will be crafting messages for C​​ongress and can help you develop and deliver messages to your local Congress-person. APS members at Ohio State are working with their library to set up a display about Healthy Plants and why they are important for human health, our kitchen tables, and how new technologies can help us feed the world's growing population. 


We ask all Offices, Boards, Committees, and individuals to talk and plan together at the Plant Health 2019 Meeting or in conference calls, and sign up for the activities for which you will be leaders. As you co​mmit​ to an activity, you can submit that information while at the meeting in Cleveland, or you can submit it on this site. We will post the various activities on this site so others will be inspired and motivated by your efforts. In addition, i​f you have an idea for an activity that you'd like APS to consider, you can submit those here.​​

IYPH 2020 Themes: 

  • Plant Health for a Healthy Planet
  • Plant Health in a Changing Climate
  • Plant Health for Urban Gardens/Plant Health in your Backyard
  • Plant Health for Sustainable Forests
  • Plant Health to Combat World Hunger
  • Plant Health and Bugs
  • Healthy Plants for Healthy Humans​
  • Healthy Plants and your Kitchen Table
  • Technological Advances for Plant Health
  • Plant Health and Treasure Troves from the Past

Sign up to Lead an Activity  Submit Additional Suggestions for Activities​​

Thank you in advance for your participation in this great opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of Healthy Plants!​