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The United Nations has declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). The year is a once in a lifetime opportunity to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development.
Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £7 billion, United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) brings together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research UK. UKRI works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish.
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‘Plants are essential to all life on Earth, including humanity. They provide us with most of our food and the oxygen we breathe. For nearly half the global population, plants are a primary source of income, and we all rely on them for clothes, medicines, and shelter among other things.
By preserving plant health, we contribute to food security, environmental protection, economic development, and our own health.’
To raise awareness about the importance of plants for achieving Zero Hunger and the Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2020 the International Year of Plant Health.‘
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