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Julian Smith

International Partnership & Plant Health at FERA UK


I have over 25 years’ experience in agriculture of UK and developing countries, and in forging partnerships in crop health.  Trained as a crop pathologist (plant bacteriologist) and molecular biologist, I have worked with crops as varied as potato to banana to coconut and cassava, and in countries of East Africa, South America and Asia.  A particular interest has been in advocating for investment with developing countries in mitigating threats of crop pest and disease epidemics and early outbreak response capabilities that build towards a ‘one-world’ outcome for food security.  In recent years I have increasingly provided expert advice on research and policy development for most of the recent major emerging pest outbreaks of East Africa, including Banana Xanthomonas Wilt, Cassava Brown Streak Disease and Maize Lethal Necrotic Disease.

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