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News for 2016

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New secretariat created for the International Research Consortium on Animal Health

21 December 2016 - Funding for a Scientific Secretariat for the International Research Consortium (IRC) on Animal Health has been approved by the Horizon 2020 EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The IRC builds on the success of the EU-funded STAR-IDAZ Project (Global Strategic Alliances for the Coordination of Research on the Major Infectious Diseases of Animals and Zoonoses), an exciting initiative to coordinate animal health research globally. The Secretariat aims to deliver me...

CABI argues for stronger links between rural advisory services and research, private sector and ICTs

13 December 2016 – At a meeting of the world’s top agricultural scientists in China, CABI’s Executive Director for Global Operations, Dr Ulrich Kuhlmann, stressed the key role rural advisory services play in lifting agricultural communities out of poverty. As he pointed out, “Some of the most relevant and appropriate information isn’t high tech or innovative, but that doesn’t mean farmers know about it.” The Global Forum of Leaders for Agricultural Science and Technology (GLAST) was founded in ...

Pets could save NHS up to £2.45 billion a year - New report quantifies economic benefits of UK pets

6 December 2016 – Pets account for millions of pounds worth of economic activity in the UK and may reduce NHS costs by nearly two and a half billion pounds, according to a new report published today. Drawing on multiple sources, and written by internationally respected animal welfare and business experts, Companion Animal Economics comprehensively documents the economic impact of pets in the UK - the first time such an assessment has been made for nearly 40 years. The study directly examines ava...

Global initiative calls for urgent action against invasive alien species

29 November 2016 – A new global initiative to reduce the impacts of invasive alien species – the Honolulu Challenge – has been launched today by 33 organizations and institutions. The launch follows a call for urgent action on invasive alien species made by experts, governments and NGOs at the recent IUCN World Conservation Congress in Honolulu. CABI is one of the Honolulu Challenge supporters calling for urgent action. The challenge calls for commitments from governments and organisations in 1...

International students graduate with Masters degree in crop management

22 November 2016 – A graduation ceremony took place on 17 November 2016, in Interlaken, Switzerland, to mark the successful completion of the 2016 Masters of Advanced Studies in Integrated Crop Management (MAS in ICM) programme. The 12 agricultural professionals who participated in this year’s programme have gained valuable knowledge in sustainable crop management to apply back home and to help address important issues like food security. Jointly coordinated by CABI and the University of Neuchâ...

Work starts on ambitious global plan to diversify agriculture in a hotter world

9 November 2016 - Agricultural experts and leaders gathered on 25-26 October in Nairobi, Kenya, to help develop an ambitious plan to transform global agriculture as part of the Global Action Plan for Agricultural Diversification (GAPAD). The roundtable responds to the challenge of climate change and real threats to the production of the planet’s major crops in a hotter world, and was organised by CABI and the World Vegetable Centre (AVRDC). GAPAD is an initiative to support the Sustainable Deve...

CABI tackles global health with its first open access book

27 October 2016 – CABI has published its first open access book: Global Health Research in an Unequal World: Ethics case studies from Africa. With expertise in scientific research, publishing, knowledge management and communications, CABI’s goal is to put scientific know-how into the hands of the people who need it most. This new open access title helps do exactly that. "We live in an increasingly interconnected world where health issues can quickly spread and impact millions," says Chief Infor...

CABI scientists receive prestigious Vietnamese agricultural award

18 October 2016 - CABI’s SE Asia Regional Director, Dr Loke Wai Hong, and SE Asia Regional Director (Designate), Dr Sivapragasam Annamalai, each received the MARD medal from the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) for their significant contributions to Vietnam’s agricultural and rural development sectors. The two scientists were presented with the medal by the Ministry’s Vice Minister, Dr Le Quoc Doanh. The Ministry presents the award to foreign nationals who are cho...

Vet symposium reviews problem behaviour in pets and leisure horses

13 October 2016 – CABI held its first animal behaviour symposium in the United States – Animals Behaving Badly – on 26 September 2016. This one-day event focused on problem behaviour in cats, dogs and horses, and the science that helps prevention and treatment of that behaviour. Held in Philadelphia, and organized in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, the symposium attracted an audience of more than 80 veterinarians and behaviourists from the Mid-...

CABI attends launch of Strate J higher education campus in Delemont

27 September 2016 - On 23-24 September 2016, CABI showcased its Masters of Advanced Studies in Integrated Crop Management (MAS ICM) course at the launch of the ‘Strate J’ higher education campus in Delémont, Switzerland. Strate J is the first campus of its kind in the Canton of Jura, offering courses in health, engineering and teacher training. It was established in collaboration with partners including the University of Applied Science and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO), the High School Arc ...

CABI calls for action at global open data summit

16 September 2016 - The GODAN Summit took place in New York on 15-16 September, the largest event ever planned for open data in agriculture and nutrition. It brought together key stakeholders from around the world to consider how open data can help achieve Zero Hunger – one of the key Sustainable Development Goals (SDG2). GODAN – the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition initiative – has more than 350 global partners, including CABI, which hosts the initiative’s international secretari...

BSPP Presidential meeting examines plant pathology and food security

15 September 2016 - The BSPP Presidential meeting for 2016 was held last week (12- 13 September) in St Hugh’s College, Oxford. Over one hundred delegates presented and discussed issues around food security, biosecurity and trade, and the role of plant health. Speakers included, Professor Sarah Gurr (University of Exeter), Dr Fen Beed (AVRDC) , Professor Nigel Taylor (Danforth Centre, US), Professor Nicola Spence (Chief Plant Health Scientist), Dr Gerard Clover (RHS), Ms Kenza Le Mentec (STDF-WTO...

Join the GAPAD SDG2 2016 Webinar

14 September 2016 - The free GAPAD SDG2 webinar will take place on Tuesday 20 September 2016 at 11.00am (East African Time). Global Action Plan for Agricultural Diversification (GAPAD) is an initiative to support the United Nation Sustainability Development Agenda 2030. Agricultural diversification will expand the current food systems through increasing species diversity and a more resilient agriculture ecosystem that include new crops for food and non-food uses. The main objective of GAPAD SD...

Biosecurity experts come together to boost Africa’s trade

13 September 2016 - Working together to boost regional trade and food security, 35 African biosecurity champions from ten Central and East African countries met on 5-9 September 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya for the third Africa Plant Biosecurity Network workshop. The Network brings African biosecurity professionals from Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe together to share information, provide ongoing mentoring, and boost training and outreach. ...

New Zambia office strengthens Plantwise food security programme

31 August 2016 – CABI has opened a new Southern Africa office in Lusaka, Zambia, putting staff on the ground to strengthen its work in international development, including the Plantwise food security programme. This award-winning, CABI-led programme has been active in Zambia since 2013. Working closely with national agricultural advisory services, CABI and national partners establish and support sustainable networks of plant clinics, run by trained plant doctors, where farmers receive practical ...

Dr Dyno Keatinge appointed Chair of CABI Horticulture Editorial Board

30 August 2016 – CABI has appointed Dr Dyno Keatinge as Chair of its Editorial Advisory Board for Horticulture. Dr Keatinge brings 43 years of crop agronomy experience to the post, having previously held the position of Director General of AVRDC (the World Vegetable Center) and Chair of AIRCA (the Association of International Research and Development Centers for Agriculture). An estimated global population of nine billion by 2050 means that feeding the world has become an increasingly important...

Updated CAB Thesaurus approaches 2.5 million terms

24 August 2016 – The 2016 edition of CAB Thesaurus – the largest source of terminology covering the applied life sciences – was published today. It provides a controlled vocabulary resource of nearly 2.5 million descriptive terms. CAB Thesaurus is an essential tool for academic, corporate and government librarians, who need to navigate, retrieve and index vast amounts of data. It can also be used for cataloguing and organizing in-house databases, as well as managing intranets, and is accessed o...

CABI declares war on invasive aliens

4 August 2016 – At its triennial Review Conference of Member Countries in Egham, UK, on 26-27 July, CABI launched a major new initiative to protect vulnerable rural communities in the fight against invasive alien species. Building on its 100-year track record in invasive species management, CABI will deliver a unique global programme to support 50 million vulnerable African and Asian farming families impacted by species that are out of control and threatening their livelihoods. This will link wi...

Sharing information for global good - CABI launches open access book programme

21 July 2016 – Scientific publisher, CABI, has launched Open Books. This new programme supports authors and collaborating organisations wishing to publish open access books across a wide range of subject areas within applied life sciences and sustainable tourism. As an international not-for-profit organisation, CABI aims to improve people’s lives worldwide by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment. The organisation believes t...

Updated version of CAB Direct now launched

6 July 2016 – Yesterday, CABI launched an innovative new version of its online database platform, CAB Direct, the most thorough and extensive source of reference in the applied life sciences. CAB Direct gives access to over 11 million abstracts and full text articles and incorporates leading bibliographic databases, CAB Abstracts and Global Health. CABI worked with development partners from across academia and industry to develop this next generation of the CAB Direct platform. The updated plat...

CABI and the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture agree to establish new European Laboratory in Switzerland

4 July 2016 – On 1 July, Dr Trevor Nicholls, CABI’s CEO, and Vice Minister Chen Xiaohua of the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture signed a Letter of Intent to establish a new European Laboratory in Switzerland. The Laboratory will focus on cooperative research in agricultural science and technology. The agreement builds upon a 20-year relationship between CABI and the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture that includes the creation of a Joint Laboratory for Biosafety in Beijing, China in 2008. The Europ...

CABI contributes to Asian Development Bank Food Security Forum

27 June 2016 – On 22-24 June 2016, CABI contributed to the Partnership Dialogue session at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Food Security Forum. This event, one of the major activities to commemorate the 50th anniversary of ADB, provided a platform to share knowledge, showcase innovations, and foster partnerships with relevant organisations and people working in food security. Around 500 government and industry leaders, development partners, practitioners, academics, farmers, and other experts p...

Animals pushed to the limits? CABI-RVC hold animal welfare symposium

23 June 2016 - Have the demands placed on animals for companionship, production and traction pushed them towards their biological limits? How much further is it acceptable to push them? Yesterday, this ethical dilemma was debated at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) at CABI-RVC’s 5th symposium on animal welfare. The speakers covered a range of current issues faced by veterinarians, farmers and pet owners. Becky Whay, from the University of Bristol, opened with a presentation on the position of...

Looking back at a year of impact: CABI in Review 2015

23 June 2016 - We are delighted to bring you CABI in Review 2015. Each year, we publish an annual review to tell the stories of our projects and the impact they have on the farmers, extension workers, scientists, policy makers and professional practitioners we work with. This year we focused on showing how our work relates to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Agreed in 2015, the SDGs have a direct relevance to our work. “CABI is committed to playing its part contributing to the SDGs’ de...

CABI launches new 'Horticultural Science' internet resource

22 June 2016 - CABI has launched a new Horticultural Science internet resource covering tropical, subtropical and temperate crops and regions. Horticultural Science is an international database of abstracts, full text journals and conference proceedings, and news and reviews covering all aspects of horticultural science and technology. With an open-access news component, Horticultural Science will be an invaluable product for researchers, scientists, students and all those who need to keep up-to...

Masters degree in crop management now open for applications

17 June 2016 - CABI and the University of Neuchâtel are pleased to announce that applications for the Masters of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Integrated Crop Management (ICM) programme running in 2017 are now open. Many developing countries are threatened by food insecurity due to low agricultural productivity, pest and disease outbreaks, poor soils and lack of knowledge on how to sustainably address these concerns. ICM is a holistic approach to sustainable agriculture increasingly required as a s...

CABI showcases scientific know-how at Agriculture Science Week-FARA

16 June 2016 – This week, CABI delegates attended the 7th Africa Agriculture Science Week and general assembly of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA). The theme for this year’s FARA general assembly was ‘Apply Science, Impact Livelihoods’. The subject fitted well with CABI’s core objective of applying scientific knowledge and innovation to improve people’s livelihoods. At the event, which took place in Kigali, Rwanda from 13-16 June, CABI in Africa showed how it helps bring sci...

CABIs Dr Kuhlmann talks plant health innovation at G20 Agricultural Chief Scientists meeting

31 May 2016 – Yesterday, CABI’s Executive Director of Global Operations, Dr Ulrich Kuhlmann, spoke about the importance of agricultural innovation and sharing plant health knowledge at the 5th meeting of the G20 Agricultural Chief Scientists (MACS). As the host country, China chaired the meeting. The G20 MACS took place in Xi’an on 30-31 May 2016, with representatives from G20 countries, as well as international organizations for agricultural research and international development, attending to ...

New network to boost agricultural trade in Africa

23 May 2016 - 45 African biosecurity champions from ten Central and East African countries will meet in Arusha, Tanzania for two weeks from today for the second Africa Plant Biosecurity Network meeting, targeting plant protection from pests and disease. The Network brings African biosecurity professionals together to share information, provide ongoing mentoring, and boost training and outreach, with the aim of improving national and regional plant biosecurity, lifting crop yields and enabling s...

New MoU brings trade boost to Pakistans fruit farmers

11 May 2016 - CABI has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the All Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association (PFVA) to help Pakistan trade citrus and mango fruit with global regions like the European Union. The MoU was signed on 10 May 2016. Pakistan’s fresh horticultural exports have been limited to niche regional markets, leaving high-end global markets untapped. This is largely because farmers, agricultural labourers and others in the food supply...

Plantwise Annual Report 2015 released

19 April 2016 - The Plantwise Annual Report for 2015 has been released. The report is an update on programme implementation between January and December 2015. It lists key highlights, along with details on progress, lessons learned and next steps for each of the three programme components: Plant Health Systems Development, the Knowledge Bank and Monitoring & Evaluation. Highlights include: 4.5 million farmers reached through plant clinics, plant health rallies, and mass extension campaig...

New centre for crop health and protection established in UK

31 March 2016 - Today sees the launch of a new Centre for Crop Health and Protection (CHAP) under the government’s Agri-Tech strategy, which was launched in 2013 to ensure that its investment in agriculture delivers material benefits for society and the economy in the UK and overseas. CHAP will lead the way in developing solutions to the challenges facing world agriculture, bringing together the best expertise, knowledge and insight from leading research organisations and industries in the secto...

Delemont welcomes international students to crop course

24 March 2016 - Students from Africa, Asia and Central America were welcomed to Delémont, Switzerland last week to begin their Masters of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Integrated Crop Management (ICM). Jointly coordinated by CABI and the University of Neuchâtel, this course aims to address critical agricultural and environmental challenges by offering a unique higher education programme. The students will learn about good crop management principles and explore solutions they can apply in their home ...

CABI publishes Mason's livestock Encyclopedia covering every breed in the world

15 March 2016 - CABI last week published the two volume Mason’s World Encyclopedia of Livestock Breeds and Breeding. The aim of the Encyclopedia was to describe every breed of every type of four-legged mammalian livestock in every country in the world. The task has taken eight years. This unique, comprehensive and fully cross-referenced guide covers cattle, buffalo, horses, pigs, sheep, asses, goats, camelids, yak and other domesticants. In 1951, CAB (now CABI) published the first edition of A ...

8th Steering Committee of China-CABI Joint Laboratory held in Beijing

14 March 2016 - The 8th Steering Committee meeting of the China-CABI Joint Laboratory was held successfully in Beijing, China on 4 March 2016. Steering Committee members and other key delegates were delighted with the Joint Laboratory’s achievements and progress in 2015, and agreed its plans for 2016. The Joint Laboratory is now regarded as one of the top platforms of its type within the Chinese agricultural research and development community, and is drawing international attention as a model fo...

Plantwise wins OECD development innovation prize

11 March 2016 - The CABI-led Plantwise programme this week won the OECD Development Assistance Committee’s Prize 2015 for innovation. The award recognises initiatives that take innovative approaches to international development, scaling up pilot projects and applying them more widely. Over the past five years, Plantwise has grown to reach over four million farmers in 34 countries, helping them to lose less and feed more. Plantwise was announced OECD DAC Prize winner at a ceremony at the OECD hea...

CABI CIO Andrea Powell wins non-profit best in class data award

29 February 2016 – CABI’s Chief Information Officer, Andrea Powell, has won Information Age’s best in class ‘Data 50’ award for the public sector and non-profit category. These inaugural awards celebrate the UK’s top 50 data leaders and influencers. Ms Powell has led CABI’s scientific publishing team for over 11 years. Her work focuses on knowledge and information sharing to solve problems in agriculture and the environment. Information Age announced the winners at a ceremony in London on 25 Feb...

CABI holds Integrated Pest Management course in Beijing

27 February 2016 - CABI scientist Dr Stefan Toepfer ran a five-day course on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) at the graduate school of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) in Beijing, China from 22-26 February 2016. Dr Toepfer is a visiting professor at the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture - CABI Joint Laboratory, which is located in the Institute of Plant Protection of CAAS. In total, 25 MSc students and young scientists attended the training. The course covered IPM topics like...

Sustainable tea production A non-chemical approach to pest management

26 February 2016 - As part of a Unilever-funded project, CABI in South Asia and the Tocklai Tea Research Institute (TTRI) in India organized a workshop on sustainable tea production. Entitled ‘A non-chemical approach to pest management’, the workshop was held on 18 February at the Tocklai Tea Research Institute, Jorhat, and looked at ecological farming practices and non-conventional methods for tea growing. It was a great success: more than 250 planters across the state of Assam and experts from...

CABI American and Caribbean consultation addresses regional challenges

19 February 2016 – CABI held its American and Caribbean regional consultation meeting in San Jose, Costa Rica, on 10-11 February. This successful event was highly interactive and highlighted emerging issues in CABI’s key areas of activity, particularly related to food security and improved agricultural productivity, food value chains, ecosystem management, food safety and nutrition. The meeting also looked closely at the impact of invasive species, specifically the threats facing livelihoods and...

CABI holds 395th Executive Council meeting

5 February 2016 - Yesterday, CABI held its 395th Executive Council meeting, attended by representatives from some 35 CABI Member Countries, Board Members and CABI staff. Dr Lutz Peter Berg (Switzerland), Chairman of the Executive Council, led the meeting, which was held at the International Coffee Organisation in London. CEO, Dr Trevor Nicholls, reviewed CABI’s work in International Development and its Knowledge Business (CABI’s integrated IT and Publishing business). Spanning both areas of act...

Agricultural innovation framework agreed in Rwanda

29 January 2016 - The partner organisations of the Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP) met in Kigali, Rwanda, on 19-21 January to agree a new concept for agricultural innovation: the common framework on capacity development for agricultural innovation systems. With growing global population and increased food demand, agricultural innovation can help improve food security, increase farmers’ incomes and protect use of natural resources. CABI has been a key contributor to the agricultural innovatio...

CABI’s Dr Julie Flood becomes President of British Society for Plant Pathology

27 January 2016 – Dr Julie Flood, CABI's Senior Global Director for Commodities, became President of the British Society for Plant Pathology (BSPP) on 1 January 2016. This is a 12-month post that follows on from her role as Vice-President in 2014 and President Elect in 2015. BSPP was founded in 1981 for the advancement of plant pathology – the study of organisms that cause diseases in plants. Dr Flood was one of the founding members of the society. Dr Julie Flood With gro...

The UK Pesticide Guide 2016 now available

25 January 2016 - The UK Pesticide Guide 2016, jointly published by BCPC and CABI, has now been published. It contains 23 new active ingredient profiles plus hundreds of new Extension of Authorisation for Minor Use (EAMUs) – vital for the production of less mainstream crops. The latest data is available as a printed book and as a convenient online resource ukpesticideguide.co.uk, which can be accessed on smart phones and tablets. BASIS members will also benefit by earning 2 CPD points when purc...

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