International Conference on Global Plant Health Risks & Consequences


York, UK

Start Date:

Monday 27th October


27th – 28th October 2014


Fera are hosting a 2-day international conference, sponsored by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and supported by York, North Yorkshire & East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), that will bring together international representatives from industry, public authorities, and research to explore and discuss current and future opportunities to enhance plant health interventions.


Food security is major challenge for a growing world population. With dependence on a core of key crops the potential for major plant health threats to severely compromise food productivity is real. Also as global populations become more urban and disconnected from food production areas, as the gap between rich consumers and poor producers increases, the movement of food commodities must increase as a consequence. Whether this is through free-trade or other mechanisms, the movement of commodities will increase the risks of pest, pathogen or weed incursions into new geographical areas. The conference will discuss the critical balance between policy and economics to deliver in the interests of the agri-food industry, the public and global trade.


An important aim of this conference is to offer networking opportunities and foster debate among up to 150 participants from all over the world. Through your participation, you can help shape and develop issues to be explored further.


Early bird registration is available until September 1st 2014 at the discounted rate of £300 (standard rate £400).


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