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.
‘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.‘ Secretary-General's message on the launch of the International Year of Plant Health.
A large number of events - from exhibitions, to cultural performances, contests, panel discussions and conferences – are taking place across the world to mark the International Year of Plant Health 2020.
A commission to make an iPad drawing and an animated iPad drawing as part of the UKRI’s campaign for International Year of Plant Health 2020. The iPad drawing is of a rice field calling attention to the global health of the rice plant.
Commission - International Year of Plant Health 2020