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Improving lives by solving problems in agriculture and the environment

Empowering communities

Empowering communities

Smallholder farmers, extension workers, researchers and policymakers, all suffer from lack of information, capacity and skills. 

At CABI, we know the most effective way of addressing important agricultural and environmental issues, and improving people’s lives, is to facilitate sharing of scientific information, providing advice and building capacity. 

We support communities around the world who play their part in improving agriculture and livelihoods. We create, manage and communicate information and pass on skills to smallholder farmers, extension workers, researchers and policymakers.

Africa soil health

Poor soil fertility is a key constraint to improving farm productivity and livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa. It is now widely recognized that increased fertilizer use, integrated with other soil fertility management practises is the way forward. The Africa Soil Health Consortium (ASHC) brings together experts in soil health, and we bring... >>

Improving SPS training and knowledge sharing in cocoa (CocoaSafe)

Cocoa is an important source of income across Southeast Asia. To maintain access to markets, and sustain farmers’ livelihoods and national GDP, all food safety and international SPS (sanitary and phytosanitary) standards must be met. This project is building SPS capacity in the region, to ensure production and trade meets legislation on pesticide... >>

Expanding our Direct2Farm project

Agriculture is extremely important in developing countries, employing around 40% of the workforce. In India, it contributes almost 20% of its GDP. Fears abound that the population will grow quicker than farmers can grow food. Helping them to grow more crops and lose less to pests and diseases means giving them access to practical information to... >>

Providing skills to unemployed youth in the Punjab Province of Pakistan

The Punjab province is where much of Pakistan’s crops are grown, and it contributes a major share of the country’s agricultural economy. Funded by the Punjab Skills Development Fund (PSDF), we are developing and training for poor, unskilled people from four districts with the aim of enhancing their skills, improving their employment prospects and... >>

Developing skills for kitchen gardeners in the Punjab

Vegetables grown for local markets in kitchen gardens are a significant part of the economy of the Punjab region of Pakistan. With the help of the Punjab Skills Development Fund (PDSF) we are delivering market-based kitchen gardening and vocational skills and knowledge to communities in the region – including women, who in patriarchal societies... >>

Good seed initiative in Africa

Less than 20% of the land in Africa is planted with improved varieties. Often seed is simply not there to buy. This is particularly true for non-hybrid seed varieties that are of limited interest to multi-national seed companies, such as open pollinated variety crops bred to address developing country challenges and under-utilized crops such as... >>