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Improving lives by solving problems in agriculture and the environment

Managing crops

Managing crops

Developing countries constantly aim to increase crop production to feed their populations and to improve livelihoods through regional and global trade.

Farmers can only achieve this by constantly adapting their crop management practices in response to climate change, new pest and disease threats, consumer concerns regarding food safety and environmentally sustainable production. This is where CABI’s expertise comes in.


Our integrated crop management experts support farmers to grow more and lose less. We are reducing in-field and post-harvest losses for a number of crops. By introducing new crop production technologies, training and building local and national capacity and improving access to knowledge and information to support crop management we are seeing crop productivity rise in a number of ways.

Recent projects have established pest surveillance systems, developed novel biocontrol techniques, improved coffee farmers' resilience to climate change, helped improve input-use efficiency and enabled farmers to competitively participate in markets. We have also conserved improved crop varieties and helped distribute them via smallholder seed supply chains.

Martin the Plant Doctor

Read about the work we have been doing through Plantwise to improve food security through better plant health around the world.

Promoting good seed in East Africa

African Indigenous Vegetables (AIVs) are key to food security and income generation in Africa and are increasing in demand. Not only will CABI’s project team be promoting their consumption and generating more demand, we will also be building awareness of the vegetable and the seeds, improving access to them and developing new varieties. >>

Establishing a centre for crop health and protection in the UK

Breakthroughs in science and technology are helping overcome global food production challenges and changing the worlds’ agriculture. A new Centre for Applied Crop Science is ensuring the UK has the necessary capital needed to deliver a cutting edge platform to support agriculture in the UK and beyond. CABI is the lead partner in three main work... >>

Capacity Building for Sustainable Development

Capacity building has been a topic of intense focus in many “core” or industrialized counties. This book explores the theoretical underpinnings of capacity building to sustain the natural resources, cultural resources, and human resources of communit...

Sustainable Bamboo Development

This book presents over 40 cases of bamboo development across 22 major bamboo-industry countries and explores the knowledge gained from their successes and failures. It synthesises experiences and exchanges with country experts from international tra...

Encyclopedia of Herbs and Spices: 2 volume pack

The Encyclopedia of Herbs and Spices provides comprehensive coverage of the taxonomy, botany, chemistry, functional properties, medicinal uses, culinary uses and safety issues relating to over 250 species of herbs and spices. These herbs and spices c...