40% of Global Crops lost to Pests Annually – FAO Report

According to the Scientific review of the impact of climate change on plant pestsreport of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), globally around 40% of agricultural produce is damaged due to invasive pests every year.

i.The report was prepared by Maria Lodovica from the University of Turin in Italy alongside 10 co-authors.

ii.Annually countries spent USD 70 billion to eliminate invasive pests like Fall Armyworm, Desert Locusts (World’s most destructive migratory pests)

Note – United Nations declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health, which later got extended till 1st July 2021 due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Key Findings:

  • Climate Change increases the risk of pest spreading
  • 50% of all emerging plant diseases are spread through global trade and travel
  • Countries should invest more in strengthening national plant health systems and structures
  • Implementing plant health standards developed by International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) & FAO

Note – In April 2020, the Locust attack destroyed over 33% of the crops in Rajasthan

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About Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO): 

FAO was established by the United Nations in October, 1945 to eliminate hunger and improve nutrition and food security.

Director General– Qu Dongyu
Headquarters– Rome, Italy





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