Plantwise Annual Report 2014
Published: March, 2015
This publication represents an update on programme implementation between January and December 2014. The report lists key highlights from the reporting period and then provides a narrative on progress, lessons learned and next steps for each of the three programme components. In addition, there is an update on donor engagement. The report is accompanied by annexes, including (1) the final programme milestones report for last year, (2) new programme milestones for next year, (3) 1-page country reports showing highlights, challenges and lessons learned.
Worldwide, over 500 million smallholder farmers provide food for two-thirds of the earth’s growing population. Achieving a zero hunger world by 2030 depends on increasing the productivity of these smallholder farmers – but their crops face a significant threat. Yearly, an estimated 40% of crops grown worldwide are lost to pests. If we could reduce crop losses by just 1%, we could potentially feed millions more people. The lack of access to timely, appropriate and actionable extension advice makes it a fundamental challenge for farmers to get the right information at the right time to reduce crop losses.