PlantwisePlus Annual Report 2021
Published: March, 2022
This report presents an update on PlantwisePlus implementation between January and December 2021. This global programme consists of more than 50 activities under 13 outputs. To simplify communication, this report gives a narrative on progress made through a selection of key highlights from programme activities, challenges encountered and measures taken during the reporting period, as well as listing some of the next steps to be taken in 2022.
Farmers’ crops are increasingly at the mercy of climate change, pests and diseases. PlantwisePlus will work to help countries predict, prepare for and prevent potential threats and reduce crop losses. We will provide comprehensive support to countries and farmers so they meet the increasing global demand for quality food in a changing climate.
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.