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About CABI in Kenya

About CABI in Kenya

CABI has worked in Africa for many years, but in 1995 it formally established a regional centre in Nairobi. In Africa over 80% of people living in rural areas rely on the crops they grow for food and for income. They face many challenges in growing sufficient good quality produce, such as changing climatic conditions, threats from pests and diseases, lack of access to markets, and limited access to current agricultural information. Agriculture is essential for sub-Saharan Africa’s economic growth and yet average crop yields in Africa are among the lowest in the world.

CABI’s centre in Kenya strives to improve livelihoods, working with the communities that it serves to address the problems they face using sustainable approaches.

A key element of the centre’s work is helping smallholder commodity growers to produce for and compete in local and global markets. The centre also encourages rural innovation and helps local users access global information and knowledge. Plant health is safeguarded through a range of initiatives, which include the management of invasive species, work to reduce the transmission of harmful pests and diseases through traded goods, the development of safe and effective biological controls, and Plantwise, CABI's global project to reduce crop losses. CABI’s Good Seed Initiative, which seeks to improve the quality of seed that farmers plant, and thus improve crop yields, is also championed.

The centre works in partnership with many organizations in both the public and private sector, to enable work to be achieved in the most effective and cost efficient way. It collaborates on a national and regional level, working with agricultural extension departments, research centres, producer organisations, NGOs and regulatory agencies. International partners include international research organisations and private sector institutions such as the Rabobank and Illycafè.

The centre’s work has significant social and economic impact. Improved productivity, improved quality, and conformity to market standards enable the region’s farmers to achieve a better income from their produce. The centre also positively impacts the environment, through its promotion of sustainable agriculture, its work to reduce pesticide use and its management of invasive species.

Looking to the future the centre will continue its work in support of CABIs overarching strategy, and plans to improve its monitoring and evaluation systems, in order to more clearly document its learning and impact. 

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CABI in Africa


CABI's latest Africa newsletter is out!

The latest CABI in Africa newsletter illustrates how our Kenya and Ghana centres and experts worldwide are providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve the continent's problems in agriculture and the environment.

Trained farmer as AIV seed grower
CABI project receives attention from donor

CABI's project that is boosting the production of African Indegenous Vegetables (AIV's) and training farmers to grow them gets a nice write-up on our donor's website

African soil health

African soil health

Poor soil fertility is a key constraint to improving farm productivity and farmer livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). After several decades of emphasis on biological approaches to soil fertility improvement, partly because fertilizer availability was itself a major constraint, there is now wide recognition of the need to integrate increased... >>
Arming farmers with tools to tackle armyworms

Arming farmers with tools to tackle armyworms

The African armyworm (Spodoptera exempta) is a particularly devastating pest. Large numbers of the voracious black caterpillars appear suddenly, leaving crops and pasture devastated in their wake. As the outbreaks are difficult to predict, they catch farmers unaware and unprepared. If uncontrolled, they can cause total crop loss, with millions of... >>
Boosting coffee productivity in Kenya and Malawi

Boosting coffee productivity in Kenya and Malawi

Although coffee is a high-value commodity and a major contributor to the economies of Kenya and Malawi, many smallholder producers remain poor because of low productivity. A major reason for this is   losses due to pests and diseases such as coffee berry disease and coffee leaf rust. Production costs are high as farmers need to factor in... >>
Establishing NERICA in post-conflict Uganda and South Sudan

Establishing NERICA in post-conflict Uganda and South Sudan

NERICA (New Rice for Africa) rice – with high yields and ability to withstand low moisture conditions – is already in use in parts of Uganda where it provides a source of income and food in post conflict areas in the North. It will do the same in the new Republic of South Sudan. In these post-conflict areas, families need to both feed... >>
Forecasting for armyworm in local communities

Forecasting for armyworm in local communities

Farmers' crops across sub-Saharan Africa are being devastated by voracious black caterpillars known as armyworms. The pests appear in great numbers and attack maize, sorghum, millet, rice and pasture, catching farmers unaware and threatening their livelihoods. Armyworms’ potential migration route can now be predicted and national... >>
Helping Africa’s maize farmers to find their way out of poverty and starvation

Helping Africa’s maize farmers to find their way out of poverty and starvation

Maize is a staple food in many of the sub-Saharan countries of Africa and is commonly grown by poor small-scale farmers in rural areas. However, when farming subsidies were cut in African countries, farmers were no longer able to afford inputs such as chemical fertilisers and maize production suffered. This drop in production and food security... >>
Improving access to quality seeds in East Africa

Improving access to quality seeds in East Africa

African indigenous vegetables (AIVs) are traditionally a significant contributor to food security and nutrition for East African smallholder farmers. However, the potential to meet the growing demand for AIVs is limited by the availability of good quality seed. With funding from the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern... >>
Improving cotton production in East Africa

Improving cotton production in East Africa

Cotton is one of the most important sources of income for many smallholder farmers in Africa. Many rural farmers in both Kenya and Mozambique grow cotton as a cash crop, which has the potential to provide them with a route out of poverty.   For a number of differing reasons – such as low quality seeds, poor land preparation,... >>
Master class for plant health

Master class for plant health

Agriculture is a key driver of economic and social development at national and community levels in sub-Saharan Africa. Communities however, are unable to meet potential crop production levels due to crop losses in the field and postharvest caused by a whole host of pests and diseases. In many sub-Saharan countries farmers are not getting adequate... >>
mFarmer: Providing Kenya’s farmers with agricultural information via mobile

mFarmer: Providing Kenya’s farmers with agricultural information via mobile

Effective agricultural extension systems improve agricultural productivity by providing farmers with relevant information; helping them optimize the use of resources. In Kenya, over 5 million small scale farmers rely on around 5,500 agricultural extension workers for advice and information. But, with a ratio of one extension worker to over 1,000... >>
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    Charles Agwanda
    Coordinator (Commodities)
  • Staff image of Morris Akiri
    Morris Akiri
    Regional Director, CABI Africa
  • Staff image of Duncan Chacha
    Duncan Chacha
    Workshop and Conferences Coordinator
  • Staff image of Florence Chege
    Florence Chege
    Projects Manager
  • Staff image of Roger Day
    Roger Day
    Deputy Regional Director (Development), CABI Africa
  • Staff image of Negussie Efa Gurmessa
    Negussie Efa Gurmessa
    Participatory Training and Research Scientist
  • Staff image of Daniel Karanja
    Daniel Karanja
    Plant Pathologist
  • Staff image of Lucy Karanja
    Lucy Karanja
    Laboratory Technician
  • Staff image of Peter Karanja
    Peter Karanja
    Assistant training officer - Plantwise
  • Staff image of Lilian Kiarie
    Lilian Kiarie
    Finance and Administration Officer
  • Staff image of Martin Kimani
    Martin Kimani
    Participatory Research and Training Specialist
  • Staff image of Linda Likoko
    Linda Likoko
    Office Manager
  • Staff image of Martin Macharia
    Martin Macharia
    Data Manager – OFRA
  • Staff image of Abigael Mchana
    Abigael Mchana
    Communication Assistant
  • Staff image of Margaret Mulaa
    Margaret Mulaa
    Training Officer – Plantwise
  • Staff image of Richard Musebe
    Richard Musebe
  • Staff image of Elizabeth Mutinda
    Elizabeth Mutinda
    Finance Assistant - Plantwise
  • Staff image of Diana Nyamu
    Diana Nyamu
    Finance assistant - projects
  • Staff image of Willis Ochilo
    Willis Ochilo
    Content Development Assistant, Plantwise Knowledge Bank
  • Staff image of George Oduor
    George Oduor
    Deputy Regional Director (Research)
  • Staff image of Eric Ogwang
    Eric Ogwang
    Finance Assistant
  • Staff image of Grace Omondi
    Grace Omondi
    Communications Specialist, ASHC
  • Staff image of David Onyango
    David Onyango
    Publishing Outreach Officer
  • Staff image of MaryLucy Oronje
    MaryLucy Oronje
    Knowledge Bank Coordinator, East Africa
  • Staff image of Washington Otieno
    Washington Otieno
    Regional Team Leader, Plantwise Programme
  • Staff image of Noah Phiri
    Noah Phiri
    Senior Plant Pathologist
  • Staff image of Dennis Rangi
    Dennis Rangi
    Executive Director for International Development
  • Staff image of Dannie Romney
    Dannie Romney
    Global Director, Knowledge for Development
  • Staff image of Harrison Rware
    Harrison Rware
    Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist - OFRA
  • Staff image of Wallace Ngene Taruru
    Wallace Ngene Taruru
    ICT Manager
  • Staff image of Peace Tusasirwe
    Peace Tusasirwe
    Executive Assistant, International Development
  • Staff image of Lydia Wairegi
    Lydia Wairegi
    Systems Agronomist
  • Staff image of James Watiti
    James Watiti
    Senior Communications Manager
  • Staff image of Frances Williams
    Frances Williams
    Project Development Officer
  • Staff image of Arne Witt
    Arne Witt
    Coordinator: Invasive Species