||1999 meeting, Bangkok
||2003 meeting, Christchurch, NZ
||2008 meeting, Torino, Italy
||2011 meeting, Darwin, Australia
||2013 meeting, Beijing,
||Congress Challenge: Project in Ghana
||Report now Available
||Members of the Task Force
| ACTIVITY 1
||First Asian Conference on Plant Pathology, Beijing, August 2000
||Asian Agricultural Congress, Manila, April 2001
||World Food Summit: Five Years Later, Rome, June 2002
||ISPP and Entomological Society of America: Events on BIOSAFETY, Fort Lauderdale, November 2002
||Plant Disease: A Threat to Global Food Security, Chapter in Annual Review of Phytopathology, 2005
Meeting of ISPP Task Force on Global Food Security
1. INTRODUCTION AND PLAN FOR THE MEETING
Tuesday 27 August 2013, at 16h00 -18h00, Room 311A
At the International Congress of Plant Pathology, Beijing
1.1 History of Task Force
sessions associated with ICPP was briefly discussed: Richard Strange (RS)
provided an overview.
1.2 Action: The Task Force for Global Food Security activities should
be reflected on the ISPP web page. This aspect was discussed with Peter
Williamson (PW) who fully supports this notion. Responsible: RS and Lise
2. REVIEW OF RECENT INITIATIVES
As grouped under "5 ACTIVITIES" identified at the first meeting of the
1: Changing Public Policy and Opinions on Global Food Security
1.1 Following the initiation at ICPP 1998 and continuation at ICPP 2003 and
ICPP 2008, a Plenary Session and a dedicated Evening Session entitled “Can we
improve global food security?” was organized at ICPP 2013.
1.1.1 Decision: It was agreed that the Task Force should organise
a similar event at ICPP 2018, Boston, USA.
1.1.2 Action: LK discussed this with new congress organisers.
1.1.3 Follow up action: discuss with other Task Force committee
members regarding the theme, speakers, format etc.
1.2 Food Security: The Science, Sociology and Economics of Food Production and
Access to Food. RS provided a comprehensive overview of the current status of
the journal. The journal is now well established with a Thompson Index rating
of 2.07. The totals of published items were 278 papers with 27 focused on plant
pathology, 30 editorials, 23 reviews, 168 original papers, 2 case studies, 11
conference reports and 40 book reviews among others.
1.2.1 Action: The activities of the journal should be updated on the
Web page and a flyer should be established to further promote the journal.
1.2.2 Responsible: RS.
1.3 Task Force presence at
priority meetings: Members should attend Food Security meetings if possible to
promote the activities of the Task Force and Society at large.
1.3.1 Action: Just to consider if applicable.
1.4 Revisit the
Policy Statement on Biotechnology: The committee is not aware of this statement.
This point on the agenda can be removed because it falls beyond the mandate of
this Task Force.
ACTIVITY 2: Enhanced PhD training for plant pathology in developing countries
linking with Food Security
Task Force activities See
ACTIVITY 3: Quantification of
the economic impact of some major diseases
o See Annual Review of Phytopathology article on "Plant disease: a threat to
global food security"
o New ISPP Subject Matter Committee “Biotic Constraints to Food and Fiber
For discussion under Item
5: New initiatives; future directions
ACTIVITY 4: Challenge Programme
Challenge 2003: Project in Ghana completed
invested USD 50,000 over 3 years.
4.2 Challenge Project 2007: Project in South
invested USD 50,000 over 3 years.
4.3 Continuation of Challenge Programmes?
Need to discuss the objectives and future directions. ·
consensus of the meeting was that this very successful programme should be
Funding from alternative sources should be pursued. Responsible LK.
Funding sources? (should ISPP match funding raised by the Task Force?).
Development of a Food Security link on the ISPP Website (http://www.isppweb.org/)
Initiated discussion with Peter Williamson, ISPP Business Manager
Material is required for the website. Responsible LK
5. NEW INITIATIVES; FUTURE
the Task Force programme; do the 5 “activities” need to be refreshed? ·
Suggestion that the Masters/PhD training in plant pathology in developing
countries should be revisited, particularly in the light of new sources of
funding e.g. Feed the Future Programme and the success of sandwich programmes in
which part of the work is done in the Developing Country. ·
Discussion of new initiatives and future directions
New ISPP Subject Matter Committee “Biotic Constraints to Food and Fiber
Production" Led by Serge Savary. ·
Action – Link activities
Membership of the Task Force
Currently listed on
6. NEXT MEETING ·
Next meeting at the 11th ICPP at Boston, USA in 2018. In the meantime,
it is suggested that members of the Task Force should be encouraged to discuss
ideas with the Chair by email. Perhaps an annual meeting or emails to solicit
ideas from members of the Task Force. The responses can be circulated and,
where appropriate, acted upon? Responsible LK. ·
Lodovica Gullino offers to host an interim meeting in Italy aligned with the
Expo at Torino in 2015.
7. ANY OTHER BUSINESS ·
Appointment of Task Force Chair. Lise Korsten
Maria Lodovica Gullino
U S Singh