Inter-African Phytosanitary Council (AU-IAPSC)

Conseil phytosanitaire interafricain (CPI)

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1954, London (UK), as Commission phytosanitaire interafricaine, following recommendations, 1951, of FAO; the secretariat was supported by the then 'Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaux (CAB)', currently CAB International. In 1960, became part of the then Commission for Technical Cooperation in Africa South of the Sahara (CTCA), which was transformed in 1965 into the African Union Scientific Technical Research Commission (AU STRC). IAPSC was thus legally part of Organization of African Unity (OAU) and is also known by the initials OAU-STRC-IAPSC. Currently part of African Union (AU). Secretariat transferred to Yaoundé (Cameroon) in 1967. In English also referred to as Inter-African Phyto-Sanitary Council.


Advise member states on technical, administrative and legislative measures necessary to prevent the introduction of diseases, pests and other plant enemies in all regions of Africa; improve agricultural production in Africa; train staff involved in agricultural activities in AU member states; initiate and encourage crop pest and disease research; serve as phytosanitary information centre for Africa and as scientific and technical liaison for national, regional and international services.

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Draws up lists of pathogenic organisms and pests reported in Africa; sets up facilities for seed health analysis and phytosanitary laboratories; establishes and strengthens phytosanitary inspection facilities at ports, airports and other border entry points; organizes staff training and liaison visits. Established and supports Phytosanitary Training Centres in Dakar (Senegal), Yaoundé (Cameroon), Ibadan and Cairo (Egypt). Regional Networks (5):

 • Réseau africain de la cercosporiose noire de la banane et du plantain, Njombé;

 • Réseau africain sur l'anthracnose du café, Nairobi;

 • Réseau africain pour la micropropagation des plantes, Burundi;

 • Réseau africain sur la pathologie des semences, Mansoura;

 • Réseau africain de phytovirologie des aliments et des cultures pérennes, Brazzaville.


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Relations with 12 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with 2 non-governmental organizations.
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Subjects *

  • Plant Life
    • Botany
    • Plants
  • Medicine
    • Pathology
  • Societal Problems
    • Pests
  • Agriculture, Fisheries
    • Agriculture

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 2: Zero Hunger



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