THE TASK FORCE
The challenge issued at ICPP98 to establish an ISPP
Task Force on Global Food Security was taken up by the Executive
Committee of the ISPP.
The function of such a Task Force is potentially so
demanding and open-ended that its activities had to be sharply focused
if tangible results were to be achieved by an organization with limited
resources such as ISPP. ISPP Executive therefore proposed to proceed
according to the following principles:
- ISPP would establish a small Task Force to
address initially the nature of the global food security problem,
and the principles and modalities whereby plant pathologists may
realistically tackle it.
- Attention would be focused on delivering
tangible results of demonstrable benefit to global food security.
- A programme would be chosen that could
benefit from ISPP's facilitating or coordinating role in relation to
existing or planned programmes in plant pathology, rather than from
initiation of new work.
- Achievable results were likely to derive from
coordinating existing research programmes, or through surveying
incidence of damage, or through supporting extension or outreach
- ISPP's own funds were very limited, so
fundraising in support of such action would probably be one
- The first activity of the Task Force would be
to convene a
meeting in 1999, to agree a work programme for the following 3
years, with a budget and time schedule.
- The work of the Task Force would be monitored
by ISPP Executive Council and reported to the Membership through
Councillors. Feedback from the Membership would be encouraged, to
guide the future programme.