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Improving lives by solving problems in agriculture and the environment...

About CABI

About CABI

CABI is an inter-governmental, not-for-profit organization. Our mission is to improve people's lives worldwide by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment.

To achieve our mission, we have set ourselves four goals:

1. To contribute to greater food and nutritional security

2. To help smallholder farmers increase their incomes and improve their livelihoods

3. To protect the environment and preserve its biodiversity

4. To provide the knowledge required farmers need to improve agricultural practices

Our vision is to deliver high impact development projects with world class information, skills and a solid science base.


For a quick overview of CABI in action, take a look at our video.


CABI's mission and direction are influenced by our 48 member countries. We were set up by a United Nations treaty and have been in operation for over 100 years. We celebrated our centenary in 2011.

We are an organization with a long history but are committed to making a difference to people's futures. At CABI's 2013 Review Conference, our CEO, Dr Trevor Nicholls, presented the organization's medium term strategy, looking ahead to our objectives for 2014-16.

Annual Review 2013 Cover

Each year, we publish an annual review to tell the stories of the farmers, extension workers, scientists, policy makers and professional practitioners with whom we work.

Our latest issue, CABI in Review 2013, is now avilable online.

The past year has seen CABI make good progress. We have expanded the scope of our award-winning food security programme, Plantwise. We have also broadened our activities in soil health and mobile agro-advisory services, and continued projects to combat the spread of invasive species, empower smallholder farmers with the knowledge they need to raise their incomes, and strengthen plant health systems in support of trade and market access.

Our publishing activities remained strong, delivering revenue growth above the market average and increased profit contribution.

Our latest financial statement is now avilable. we have also posted our previous annual reviews and financial statements for you to view.

CABI has scientific research, international development, knowledge management and publishing at its core.

By generating and increasing access to scientific knowledge, and delivering change through development projects we work to improve crop yields, combat agricultural pests and microbial diseases, protect biodiversity and safeguard the environment, which enables the world’s poorest communities to feed themselves.

We are also a major publisher of scientific information. Uniquely, and unlike other publishers, we use our profits to support rural development projects that go some way to helping the world’s poorest people to grow more, lose less, empower communities and improve biodiversity and livelihoods.

At any one time CABI is working in more than 70 countries. We have centres in Brazil, China, Ghana, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Pakistan, Switzerland, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom and the United States of America.


At the heart of CABI’s success are our people. We have over 400 staff working from more than 21 locations globally, all of them experts in their field. From microbiologists and ecologists to content editors, book commissioners and web specialists we have the expertise to make a difference.

Search to find out more about our staff.

Take a look at the current vacancies at CABI.

CABI’s mission is to improve people’s lives worldwide by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment. In this section, we include a selection of case studies that show how we are turning our mission into positive, practical action for the benefit of farmers, extensionists, researchers, decision-makers and professional practitioners around the world.

We bridge the gap between research and development.

As leaders in our field, our research is applied, meaning that communities around the world can benefit and we focus on the following topics:

  • Managing pests and diseases
  • Controlling invasive species
  • Building capacity and skills
  • Knowledge management
  • Communication - putting research into use

See our project papers and working papers.