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News for 2017

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Plantwise wins the 2017 St Andrews Prize for the Environment

From left: Terri King (ConcoPhillips), Dr Washington Otieno (CABI Plantwise), Lord Alec Broers (Chairman of the Prize), and Professor Sally Mapstone (University of St Andrews) 28 April 2017 – Plantwise, a global programme led by the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI) which provides smallholder farmers across the world with the knowledge they need to lose less of what they grow to pests and diseases, has won this year’s St Andrews Prize for the Environment, worth $100,000...

CABI co-organises major scientific maize pests conference in China

21 April 2017 - CABI co-organised a major scientific conference on maize insect pests with the Institute of Plant Protection of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) at their National Agricultural Library in Beijing last week (10-12 April 2017). The 26th IWGO (International Working Group on Ostrinia and other maize pests) conference provided a valuable international platform for the exchange of research, experiences, and ideas on the integrated management of maize pests through th...

CABI partners with TradeMark East Africa to improve trade in East Africa

13 April 2017 - CABI’s Africa Regional centre based in Nairobi, Kenya has established a formal partnership with TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on 13 February 2017. The partnership aims to more efficiently deliver the two institutions’ common goal of increased trade in agricultural commodities in the Eastern African region for better prosperity. Trade remains a key driver of sustainable livelihoods in agro-based economies of Kenya, Uganda, Burundi...

Five invasive pests cost African economy $1 billion every year

3 April 2017 - New research by CABI reveals that just five invasive alien species are causing US$0.9 - 1.1 billion in economic losses to smallholder farmers across six eastern African countries each year, equating to 1.8% - 2.2% of total agricultural GDP for the region. These losses are expected to grow to $1.0 – 1.2 billion per year over the next 5-10 years, highlighting the urgent need for coordinated responses at regional, national and international levels. New research published in the open...

CABI launches new Horticulture Compendium

28 March 2017 – Academic publisher and international not-for-profit organisation, CABI, has today launched its Horticulture Compendium – a new, unique encyclopaedic resource of authoritative horticultural datasheets providing global coverage of temperate, tropical and subtropical food crops. It joins CABI’s critically-acclaimed compendia series, making a real difference to the working lives of people across the globe by bringing together a vast selection of information into one place. At presen...

Plantwise wins the 2017 Bond Development Award for Innovation

21 March 2017 – Bond, a UK association promoting, supporting and representing the work of international development organisations, announced the CABI-led Plantwise programme as the winner of its Innovation Award. The award showcases organisations, coalitions or initiatives that are taking inventive approaches as they chart a course through a complex and changing external environment in international development. Despite advances made in development cooperation, gaps remain. Factors such as demo...

Building a stronger African food security and trade network

22 March 2017 - The fourth Africa Plant Biosecurity Network workshop, held in Lusaka, Zambia from 27 February to 3 March, concluded with firm commitments from members, partners and regional agencies to ensure the Network has an enduring future. “Plant biosecurity is key to improving food security and regional trade throughout Africa,” said Thierry Mutombo Kalonji, Director of Industry and Agriculture with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) trade group. “COMESA is commit...

New MAS in ICM students welcomed to Switzerland

21 March 2017 - New students starting their Masters of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Integrated Crop Management (ICM) were welcomed to Switzerland at an opening ceremony in Delémont, earlier this month (3 March 2017). Coordinated by CABI and the University of Neuchâtel, the course is designed for professionals in the field of agriculture and environment management who hold a Master’s or Bachelor’s degree alongside practical experience in a range of fields such as agricultural extension, research an...

Strengthening agricultural research and development between Kenya and China through partnerships

14 March 2017- CABI, Institute of Plant Protection- Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (IPP-CAAS), Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) and Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), and Egerton University (EGU) have entered into a partnership to strengthen agricultural research and development between Kenya and China. This partnership falls under the Belt and Road initiative proposed by the Chinese Government to facilitate trade and economic development ac...

CABI CEO visits India to see agricultural projects in action

8 March 2017 - On 13-16 February, CABI CEO, Dr. Trevor Nicholls, visited India to see CABI projects in action. His trip brought opportunities to find solutions to smallholders’ major challenges at a Farmer Producer Organisation, and to participate in a live e-plant clinic run by the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation in Puducherry, Tamil Nadu state. At the Farmer Producer Organisation, Dr Nicholls met with smallholders to see, first hand, the challenges they face such as accessing food market...

Setting the research agenda for global food security

8 March 2017 - During a dynamic two-day meeting on 8-9 February, members of the newly appointed GFAR Steering Committee met at the FAO headquarters in Rome, to agree actions to help meet the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). CABI CEO, Dr Trevor Nicholls, participated on behalf of AIRCA – the Association of International Research and Development Centers for Agriculture. Steering Committee members agreed key areas to address in the GFAR Medium-Term Plan, including empowering sustain...

CABI organizes five-day Integrated Pest Management course in Beijing

3 March 2017 - CABI organized a five-day course on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) at the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science (CAAS) in Beijing on 13 to 17 February 2017. The course was delivered by CABI IPM expert Stefan Toepfer, a visiting professor at the Institute of Plant Protection in CAAS where the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture-CABI joint laboratory is also located. The course was developed to train participants on the use of IPM techniques. These techniques...

CAB Direct highly recommended by CHOICE magazine

2 March 2017 – The CAB Direct platform, a single point of access to all of CABI’s databases, has been rated as “highly recommended” for undergraduates, researchers, faculty members, technical programme students, professionals and practitioners in the March 2017 issue of CHOICE magazine. “The newly updated CAB Direct platform provides access to a pair of the world's most extensive research databases for the applied life sciences and public health: CAB Abstracts and Global Health. Currently CAB D...

9th Steering Committee of China-CABI Joint Laboratory held in Beijing

28 February 2017 - The 9th Steering Committee (SC) meeting of the Joint Laboratory for Biosafety between the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and CABI was held successfully in Beijing, China on 23 February 2017. All 8 committee members and other delegates from both China and CABI were very pleased with the good progress the Joint Laboratory achieved in 2016, and approved its plans for 2017, including the budget and the Medium-term Strategy 2016-2020. In addressing both Chinese and global needs f...

CABI-led project shares insights at high level fertilizer workshop in Malawi

24 February 2017 - A CABI-led project, Optimising Fertilizer Recommendations in Africa (OFRA), shared insights on its work in Malawi at a high level workshop in Lilongwe earlier this month (7-8 February 2017). The workshop was focused on the development of appropriate fertilizer blends for Malawi and covered a range of topics including the role of fertilizers in agricultural transformation, the importance of crop/area specific fertilizers and fertilizer industry trends. It brought together stak...

New Nutrition Knowledge Bank gives Africans and Asians direct access to expert nutritional advice on their mobile phones

17 February 2017 – A new open-access Nutrition Knowledge Bank has been created as part of a GSMA mNutrition initiative to help tackle malnutrition in Africa and Asia. This collection of content on good nutritional practices includes factsheets and mobile messages for anyone to download and use. Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the mNutrition project aims to deliver nutrition information to 3 million people in 12 developing countries. Adequate nutrition is critic...

Alien species on the rise worldwide

15 February 2017 - New research shows rates of alien species’ introduction are higher than ever. The increase in numbers of alien species does not show any sign of saturation at a global level, an international team of 45 researchers led by scientists from Senckenberg, Germany, and University of Vienna, Austria, has discovered. CABI’s Dr Marc Kenis, based in Switzerland, participated in the study as an expert in insect invasions in Europe, and the CABI Invasive Species Compendium was used as one...

CABI holds 397th Executive Council meeting

8 February 2017 – On 2 February 2017, CABI held its 397th Executive Council meeting, attended by delegates representing 34 CABI Member Countries, Board Members and CABI staff. Dr Lutz Peter Berg (Switzerland), Chairman of the Executive Council, led the meeting, which took place at the International Coffee Organisation in London. December 2016 brought to a close the period covered by the CABI Medium Term Strategy 2014-16. CABI has continued to make good progress strategically, operationally and ...

Scientists discover new crop-destroying Armyworm is now “spreading rapidly” in Africa

6 February 2017 - New research announced today by scientists at CABI confirms that a recently introduced crop-destroying armyworm caterpillar is now spreading rapidly across Mainland Africa and could spread to tropical Asia and the Mediterranean in the next few years, becoming a major threat to agricultural trade worldwide. Fall armyworm is native to North and South America and can devastate maize production, the staple food crop that is essential for food security in large areas of Africa. It ...

Delivering a pest risk information service to sub-Saharan Africa

30 January 2017 – The CABI-led Pest Risk Information SErvice (PRISE) project has been awarded £6.38 million in funding over five years by the UK Space Agency to reduce crop losses caused by pests in six sub-Saharan African countries, and improve farmer livelihoods. The PRISE consortium includes Assimila Ltd, King’s College London and STFC Centre for Environmental Data Analysis, who will link their Earth Observation expertise with the Plantwise work undertaken by CABI. Partners also include the ...

The future of small farms in a rapidly changing world

27 January 2017 - On 24-25 January 2017, CABI and the Syngenta foundation for sustainable agriculture hosted a conference at the Syngenta conference centre in Basel, Switzerland. The conference, entitled “The Future of Small Farms”, covered a broad range of topics aimed at assessing the state of agricultural policy in developing economies and emerging markets, and its influence on smallholder farmers around the world. As an exponential increase in global population is expected by 2050, rise in ...

European insect pest control workshop held in Delemont

25 January 2017 - Specialists gathered from across Europe in Delémont, Switzerland last week (17 January 2017) to find out about insect pest control strategies at a Breeding Invertebrates for Next Generation BioControl (BINGO) workshop organised by CABI. BINGO is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network that develops research training to improve the production and performance of natural enemies in biocontrol. More than 70 participants attended the event including partners from BINGO...

CABI’s Dr Dyno Keatinge recognised with prestigious MBE award

18 January 2016 - Dr Dyno Keatinge, Chair of the Editorial Advisory Board for Horticulture at CABI, will receive an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in recognition for his “service to tropical agriculture and the reduction of both poverty and malnutrition in the developing world,” the British Foreign Office announced on 31 December 2016. The MBE will be awarded by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace later this year. Dr Keatinge, who now resides near Garriston in North Yorkshi...

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