Food security initiative working here is honored

Costa Rica has received international recognition for its work implementing the food security program Plantwise.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development made the award for innovation.

The Plantwise plant health initiative helps farmers lose less and feed more in 34 countries around the world.

Plantwise has operated in Costa Rica since 2014 with 27 trained plant doctors supporting Costa Rica’s small farmers with practical plant health information. The award is testament to the contribution that partners make, including the Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería and its plant health department.

This international award, which was presented in Paris, recognizes initiatives that take innovative approaches that have been scaled up and make a difference to people’s daily lives. This prestigious award recognizes the efforts of all the Plantwise supporters and partners over 168 worldwide who make its innovative approach a reality in policy and practice, said the organization.

Plantwise helps increase food security and improve rural livelihoods by reducing crop losses. It achieves this by establishing sustainable networks of local plant clinics, run by trained plant doctors, where farmers can find practical plant health advice. Plant clinics are reinforced by the Plantwise knowledge bank: a gateway to actionable online and offline plant health information, including diagnostic resources, pest management advice and front-line pest data for effective global vigilance.

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