The AIPH (International Association of Horticultural Producers) Plant Health Survey 2021 and this report of voluntary plant health standards is an initial investigation to advance our collective understanding on the role of voluntary plant health systems in the horticultural trade with a view to contributing to better plant biosecurity systems for the world.
In summary, the focus of this work was to identify areas of opportunity and frame questions and proposals to guide the direction of future workstreams. Findings from this survey fed into the AIPH’s International Plant Health Conference which was held using a virtual conferencing system on the 24 March 2021.
Questions in the survey
Countries participated in the survey
Horticultural sectors represented in participants
In the run-up to the 2020 ‘International Year of Plant Health’, AIPH discussed the idea of commissioning a survey of its Members to review any voluntary standards for plant health management made use of by its Members around the world.
The proposal was to identify any common ground such systems might share. Over time, that brief developed, gathered support and eventually came to fruition in the form of the online survey of AIPH members that this report concludes. The survey forms a unique and highly useful piece of work, of great interest in itself, and which its authors believe presents a stepping stone to further, more profound work to come.
See below a handful of pages from the survey report.
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