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Improving lives by solving problems in agriculture and the environment

Providing access to knowledge

Providing access to knowledge

Too often the results of important agricultural research fail to reach those people that could benefit; so despite advances made by researchers, transferring relevant and timely agricultural knowledge to farmers and the food supply chain, has tended to lag behind, despite the potential benefits. Getting the right information and knowledge when you need it, is a challenge. That’s where we can help. We work to make scientific and agricultural information flow, giving users access to accurate, timely and relevant knowledge.

This way thousands, or even millions, of farmers and extension workers in remote and rural areas benefit and are able to deal with the challenges of a changing climate, market trends or regulation.

Our expert staff exploit the latest technologies allowing us to work globally and accessing hard to reach communities. We work closely with user groups to optimize reach and impact, and identify both their knowledge management needs and appropriate communication channels. And, because we are international, our in-country teams provide local insight and connections to science and policy–level decision makers.

Capturing, repurposing and transfering knowledge 

We systematically capture, repurpose and transfer knowledge to and from farmers, extension workers, researchers, policy makers and governments to help address food security and alleviate poverty.

We exploit the latest technologies to make information quick and easy to access. Our information is quality assured, has a full metadata record, uses Dublin Core principles and a controlled vocabulary.

We are leading on the open access agenda for our publicly funded research and were a founding supporter of the Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development (CIARD) initiative. 

We also offer a number of Knowledge Management Services  

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... >>

MIRRI: improving access to microbial resources, services and data

Microorganisms are vital natural resources for biotechnology; they help advance human health, improve food security and provide innovative solutions to research and development. The European microbial landscape is fragmented and resources or data are hard to find. The Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure (MIRRI) is resolving this;... >>

mNutrition: Addressing hidden hunger through mobile messaging

One in three people in the developing world suffer from ‘hidden hunger’, or micronutrient deficiency, due to a lack of information on proper nutrition. This is a major cause of illness, poor growth, reduced productivity and impaired cognitive development. To help combat the problem, CABI and its partners in the DFID mNutrition initiative are... >>

GODAN: Making agriculture and nutrition data open and searchable

Open data – data that is freely available and machine-readable for everyone to use – is a vital resource for improving global food security and human health. The Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) programme has been set up to take pioneering agriculture and nutrition research information and make it openly accessible – together... >>

Gender and Rural Globalization: International Perspectives on Gender and Rural Development

This book explores how rural gender relations are changing in a globalising world that fundamentally impacts on the structure of agricultural life in rural areas and urban-rural relations. It analyses the development of rural gender relations in spec...

Shifting Cultivation Policies: Balancing Environmental and Social Sustainability

Shifting cultivation supports around 200 million people in the Asia-Pacific region alone. It is often regarded as a primitive and inefficient form of agriculture that destroys forests, causes soil erosion and robs lowland areas of water. These miscon...

Aphids as Crop Pests

Aphids are among the major global pest groups, causing serious economic damage to many food and commodity crops in most parts of the world. This revision and update of the well-received first edition published ten years ago reflects the expansion of...