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Project News 06.2004

A new whitefly species emerges as
a pest of cereals in Central America

Whitefly Task Force

In recognition of the crucial importance of IPM to sustainable agricultural development, the Consultative Group on International Agriculture (CGIAR) created the Systemwide Programme on Integrated Pest Management (SP-IPM). The serious damage being caused by whiteflies and whitefly-transmitted viruses throughout the Tropics, and the resulting social and environmental consequences were recognized by the SP-IPM. In 1995, the InterCenter IPM Working Group approved the creation of the CGIAR Whitefly IPM Task Force, and designated the Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT) in Cali, Colombia as the convening center for the Task Force.

A Task Force Meeting for the System-wide Whitefly IPM Project was held at CIAT, in Cali, Colombia from February 13-15, 1996, with representatives from CGIAR International Agricultural Research Centers (IARCs), National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS), and Advanced Research Institutions (ARIs). The objectives of the meeting were: a) to define and prioritize whitefly problems in the Tropics, b) to define a Work Plan and structure that would allow us to address the whitefly problems in a collaborative manner, and c) to propose geographic, or eco-regional areas in which to initiate Whitefly IPM Project work.

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