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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... >>

Advances in PGPR Research

Rhizosphere biology is approaching a century of investigations wherein growth-promoting rhizomicroorganisms (PGPR) have attracted special attention for their ability to enhance productivity, profitability and sustainability at a time when food securi...

Invasive Alien Plants: Impacts on Development and Options for Management

Invasive alien plants pose a major threat to agriculture and livelihoods worldwide. This book considers those impacts and options for biological control, through a case study of mikania weed, a neotropical invasive plant in many countries in the trop...

Peas and Beans

This practical book provides an accessible overview of all aspects of pea and bean production, including botany and physiology, breeding, agronomy, weed management, pests and diseases, harvesting, nutritional value and uses. It also reflects on the ...