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

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'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

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Using disease resistance to fight back against black rot in Brassica crops

Using disease resistance to fight back against black rot in Brassica crops

This multidisciplinary project combines expertise in genetics, breeding, genomics and pathology to generate novel information on quantitative resistance to black rot. Exciting new developments in Brassica rapa genomics and emerging information on the close relatedness of the Brassica and Arabidopsis genomes are being used to characterise the... >>
Boosting coffee productivity in Kenya and Malawi

Boosting coffee productivity in Kenya and Malawi

CABI scientists will help improve this situation by working with research institutions and assisting them to adopt modern tissue culture-based technologies to rapidly produce lots of seedlings. We will do this by upgrading and modernising facilities in both countries, and training scientists and technicians through exchange visits and... >>
African soil health

African soil health

The need for greater soil productivity is one of the main reasons for the formation of the Africa Soil Health Consortium (ASHC), which brings together a range of experts and practitioners in the field of soil health, with CABI providing communications expertise and experience of working with farmers. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates... >>
Transferring crop protection technology from China to Rwanda

Transferring crop protection technology from China to Rwanda

A team from the China, Africa, the UK and Switzerland is working with the Rwandan Agricultural Board (RAB) to provide smallholder farmers access to an environmentally friendly, biologically-based option to control soil pests in vegetable crops. This technology is in the form of naturally occurring tiny parasitic worms called entomopathogenic... >>
Master class for plant health

Master class for plant health

The course delivered diagnostic training to 20 extension workers from 10 African countries (Zimbabwe, Cote d’Ivoire, Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Zambia, Kenya and Uganda). There were practical sessions on methods such as detecting key pathogens, isolating fungi, extracting nematodes using... >>
Cottoning on to safer, sustainable cotton production

Cottoning on to safer, sustainable cotton production

To overcome this issue and find out which approaches had been most successful, CABI scientists investigated over 900 projects in several important cotton growing regions including China, Pakistan, West Africa, Brazil, India and Turkey. Staff from five international CABI centres used their local contacts and other research tools to collate... >>
Supporting the development of KAINet - Kenya

Supporting the development of KAINet - Kenya's Agricultural Information Network

In order to overcome these issues CABI has been involved in the setting up and development of a pilot project to develop an agricultural information network for Kenya known as KAINet (Kenya Agricultural Information Network) which was initiated in 2006. CABI is being funded by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation and will work alongside... >>
Improving access to quality seeds in East Africa

Improving access to quality seeds in East Africa

In order to promote better access to seeds among African smallholders, the first step was to analyse different models for economically viable and sustainable seed enterprises led by farmers. Based on an understanding of different types of enterprises, relevant stakeholders are being helped to develop the necessary skills to establish and manage... >>
Providing a better way to store seeds

Providing a better way to store seeds

This comprehensive project will disseminate a novel, economical and appropriate technology that will improve seed quality and enhance the horticultural value chain. The project is: organizing an international workshop to publicize the availability of drying beads, gain additional local cooperators, explore other ways to conserve the... >>
Improving cotton production in East Africa

Improving cotton production in East Africa

To remedy this, CABI is implementing a project in Kenya and Mozambique which aims to increase small farmer income from cotton production. The project is jointly funded by the Common Fund for Commodities and the European Union (through its All ACP Agricultural Commodities Programme - AAACP). The Project has been developed in close... >>
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    Abigael Mchana
    Communication Assistant
  • Staff image of Arne Witt
    Arne Witt
    Coordinator: Invasive Species
  • Staff image of Charles Agwanda
    Charles Agwanda
    Coordinator (Commodities)
  • Staff image of Daniel Karanja
    Daniel Karanja
    Plant Pathologist
  • Staff image of Dannie Romney
    Dannie Romney
    Global Director, Knowledge for Development
  • Staff image of David Onyango
    David Onyango
    Plantwise Communications Expert
  • Staff image of Dennis Rangi
    Dennis Rangi
    Executive Director for International Development
  • Staff image of Diana Nyamu
    Diana Nyamu
    Finance assistant - projects
  • Staff image of Duncan Chacha
    Duncan Chacha
    Workshop and Conferences Coordinator
  • Staff image of Elizabeth Mutinda
    Elizabeth Mutinda
    Finance Assistant - Plantwise
  • Staff image of Eric Ogwang
    Eric Ogwang
    Finance Assistant
  • Staff image of Florence Chege
    Florence Chege
    Projects Manager
  • Staff image of Frances Williams
    Frances Williams
    Project Development Officer
  • Staff image of George Oduor
    George (Oduor GI) Oduor
    Deputy Regional Director (Research)
  • Staff image of Grace Omondi
    Grace Omondi
    Communications Specialist, ASHC
  • Staff image of Harrison Rware
    Harrison Rware
    Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist - OFRA
  • Staff image of James Watiti
    James Watiti
    Senior Communications Manager
  • Staff image of Lilian Kiarie
    Lilian Kiarie
    Finance and Administration Officer
  • Staff image of Linda Likoko
    Linda Likoko
    Office Manager
  • Staff image of Lucy Karanja
    Lucy Karanja
    Laboratory Technician
  • Staff image of Lydia Wairegi
    Lydia Wairegi
    Systems Agronomist
  • Staff image of Margaret Mulaa
    Margaret Mulaa
    Training Officer – Plantwise
  • Staff image of Martin Kimani
    Martin (Kimani) Kimani
    Participatory Research and Training Specialist
  • Staff image of Martin Macharia
    Martin Macharia
    Data Manager – OFRA
  • Staff image of MaryLucy Oronje
    MaryLucy Oronje
    Knowledge Bank Coordinator, East Africa
  • Staff image of Morris Akiri
    Morris Akiri
    Regional Director, CABI Africa
  • Staff image of Negussie Efa Gurmessa
    Negussie Efa Gurmessa
    Participatory Training and Research Scientist
  • Staff image of Noah Phiri
    Noah Phiri
    Senior Plant Pathologist
  • Staff image of Peace Tusasirwe
    Peace Tusasirwe
    Executive Assistant, International Development
  • Staff image of Peter Karanja
    Peter Karanja
    Assistant training officer - Plantwise
  • Staff image of Richard Musebe
    Richard Musebe
  • Staff image of Roger Day
    Roger Day
    Deputy Regional Director (Development), CABI Africa
  • Staff image of Wallace Ngene Taruru
    Wallace Ngene Taruru
    ICT Manager
  • Staff image of Washington Otieno
    Washington Otieno
    Regional Team Leader, Plantwise Programme
  • Staff image of Willis Ochilo
    Willis Ochilo
    Content Development Assistant, Plantwise Knowledge Bank