Four mobile (or community-based) plant health clinics were started in
Uganda on a pilot basis in 2005-2006. This new way of delivering primary
plant healthcare to farmers has attracted wider interest and several
countries are now seeking ways to implement plant clinics on a wider
scale to improve the delivery of plant health services to farmers.
Moving from a pilot scheme to a larger intervention requires knowledge
about how plant clinics operate, what the outcomes and limitations are,
and what interventions are needed to ensure effective, well-connected
and accountable services. Linking plant clinics to effective networks of
diagnostic labs, research institutions and input suppliers under a
‘plant health systems’ framework is a new and largely unexplored
challenge that needs to be addressed.
The main purpose of this study was to gather results and lessons learned
from the existing plant clinic initiative to inform future
interventions. A second purpose was to validate the applied methods and
analyses to establish a common framework for clinic assessment, which
allows comparing plant clinic performance and outcomes.
University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, 34 pp.