Plant Healthcare for Poor Farmers Around the World: Gathering Demand and Innovative Responses

Part of the Plant Pathology in the 21st Century book series (ICPP, volume 4)


Plant health clinics are described and some early experiences and results presented. There are now 80 independently run clinics active in ten countries and pilots have been held in a further 11 countries. Clinics are demand-led and increase accountability, two key features in improving the quality of advisory services for millions of farmers who have little or no access to regular and reliable support. Innovative responses arising from the clinics include ‘Going Public’, a new extension method, improved surveillance of current and emerging plant diseases (including publication of 40 new disease records) and ethnopathological studies.


Plant Health Pilot Clinic Farmer Field School Regular Clinic Disease Record 
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The GPC is managed by CABI in alliance with Rothamsted Research and the Food and Environment Research Agency, both based in the UK. The GPC is generously supported by the UK Department for International Development. I wish to thank my principal colleagues for their important contributions to country schemes and strategic development of the GPC: Jeffery Bentley, Solveig Danielsen, Rob Reeder, Paula Kelly, Rob Harling, Phil Jones and Yaima Arocha. Many others have also contributed to the running of the plant clinics in-country and several appear as authors in GPC references shown below.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Global Plant Clinic, CABI E-UKEghamUK

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