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News for 2017

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Building a stronger African food security and trade network

27 February 2017 - 35 African biosecurity champions from ten Central and East African countries will meet from 27 February to 3 March in Lusaka, Zambia for the fourth Africa Plant Biosecurity Network workshop. The network meetings are a key component of the Australia-Africa Plant Biosecurity Partnership (AAPBP) and will again bring together African biosecurity professional Fellows and industry members from Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbab...

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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