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Research, Technology and Innovation Platform for the Date Palm Integrated Production System in Near East and North Africa region









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    Red Palm Weevil: Guidelines on management practices 2020
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    Since gaining a foothold on date palm in the Near East during the mid-1980s, the red palm weevil (RPW) Rhynchophorus ferrugineus Olivier has spread rapidly over the last three decades and is now a major pest of palms in a diverse range of agroecosystems worldwide. In most of the countries affected, failure to manage RPW can be attributed to a lack of awareness about this pest and to lack of systematic and coordinated control actions or management strategies that involve all stakeholders. These guidelines have been developed by FAO to support all those involved in the day-to-day management of RPW in the field (including farmers and pest-management professionals), researchers, and the decision-makers and administrative stakeholders who support the implementation of integrated pest management (IPM) strategies for RPW. Written by internationally recognized RPW experts, the guidelines describe the biology and host range of RPW and address all aspects of RPW-IPM, including surveillance, phytosanitary measures, early detection, pheromone trapping protocols, preventive and curative chemical treatments, removal and safe disposal of severely infested palms, and best agricultural practices to mitigate attacks by this lethal pest of palms.
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    Value chain study – Date palm in the Arab region 2023
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    This study uses the value chain (VC) approach as a conceptual framework which encompasses organization, coordination, power relationships and governance between institutions and actors participating in the ecosystem of date palm products and services, and consolidates the views, comments and recommendations received through a broad stakeholder consultation process that allowed participatory feedback on the major constraints at the various value chain components. A multidisciplinary study team was formed to lead the background research, consultation and analysis and reporting for this study.
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    Strategic Framework for the Development of the Date Palm Value Chain in the Arab Region 2023
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    The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development (AOAD) entered a partnership to develop, as a first step, a regional strategic framework for the development of the date palm value chain. The framework will serve as an umbrella for concerted interventions at country and regional levels, and was developed in the context of a wide food system approach, considering elements such as the potential for food security and nutrition, sustainable use of natural resources (soil and water), contribution to ecosystems and biodiversity, potential for income generation and employment, reduction of food loss and waste, and food safety and quality. The framework presents a comprehensive strategy to revitalise and launch the date palm value chain on the path to be an even greater driver of economic development within the Arab Region. The recommendations outlined in this document were selected through a series of stakeholder consultations and a comprehensive study of the date palm value chain across the entire region. The interventions are designed to address the constraints and embrace the pportunities in the Arab Region to unleash the full potential of the date palm value chain.

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