Two of ENDURE’s French partners are joining forces with the AgMIP and MacSur international networks to host an International Conference on Crop Losses caused by diseases, pests and weeds this autumn. An initiative from INRA, working in close partnership with CIRAD, the event will run from October 16 to 18 in Paris.
The organisers note: “Plant diseases, pests, and weeds negatively affect crop health, with large effects on crop performances, ecosystems, and society. Crop health also plays an important role in the complex links between agriculture, food security, and global change. Quantification of these negative impacts is often fragmented or incomplete.
“Approaches are needed to characterize the risks associated with shifts in crop health in response to global changes, new policies, or new technology. Conversely, approaches are also needed to document the potential gains that could be achieved through better, improved, or more efficient crop health management.
“Understanding the causes of crop losses and their quantification is necessary to compare production systems and crop health management strategies in view of their improvement. Assessing and modelling crop losses to diseases, pests, and weeds can inform long-term strategic decisions, research prioritization, and national or international policies.”
The conference will be addressing the following questions:
A series of keynote presentations followed by work group sessions will seek to answer a very practical over-arching question: can we establish a global, open-source database on crop losses, which will enable these questions to be answered?
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