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Improving lives by solving problems in agriculture and the environment

Improving lives through better trade

Improving lives through better trade

More efficient, more profitable agricultural trade for developing countries

Demand for commodities such as cocoa, coffee and tea may outstrip supply as soon as 2020 unless we improve crop production and reduce wastage. By better integrating the world’s smallholder farmers into supply chains, a shortfall can be avoided. CABI builds expertise and capacity along supply chains to increase food security and food safety, and improve prosperity for all.

Harnessing the power of agricultural trade is a highly effective way to secure a supply of safe, high quality produce for the future. Trade is an engine for economic growth in producing countries, helping to alleviate poverty by improving farmers’ livelihoods.

However, developing countries that attempt to engage in world trade face many barriers. Pests and diseases can destroy crops in farmers’ fields, or post-harvest losses can occur due to inadequate storage conditions. Poor production and processing techniques can result in food that fails to comply with SPS (sanitary and phytosanitary) standards so export to lucrative markets is barred.

CABI is a knowledge organization, so we apply knowledge solutions. We introduce and facilitate sustainable best agricultural practices, and provide information at every level in the supply chain. We advise governments on quarantine issues, and help farmers to understand the needs of global markets.

We also build capacity to allow knowledge to be translated into sustainable, practical actions, through skills based training and improving links between producers, processors, manufacturers and retailers.

The work we do enables:

Smallholder farmers and producer groups to increase their incomes, by growing better quality crops and accessing markets to trade their products.

Manufacturers and retailers to secure a reliable supply of quality assured, sustainable produce, cut costs by reducing waste, and protect their brand by providing safe, affordable food.

National economies to grow, as exporting countries develop their trade potential.

Governments to meet their objectives in economic performance, employment and livelihoods.

Consumers to buy better quality, safer food that offers good value.

Our trade and market access activities are focused in three key areas:

Biosecurity and SPS (sanitary and phytosanitary)
Supply chain support
Crop management

Our trade brochure tells you more about our work.

Trade brochure cover


See some of our trade videos


Boosting coffee productivity in Kenya and Malawi

Although coffee is a high-value commodity and a major contributor to the economies of Kenya and Malawi, many smallholder producers remain poor because of low productivity. CABI scientists will help improve this situation by working with research institutions and assisting them to adopt modern tissue culture-based technologies to rapidly produce... >>

Guaranteeing credit to coffee farmers in Ethiopia and Rwanda

Coffee is one of the largest traded commodities in the world, providing livelihoods for 25 million farming families, and is crucial to many countries’ GDP. In places such as Ethiopia and Rwanda, coffee plays a critical role in the economy and revitalising coffee production and quality is vital; allowing farmers to attract premiums and improve... >>

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... >>

Ensuring Pakistan’s agricultural trade is healthy

Agricultural exports represent Pakistan’s largest source of foreign exchange earnings. The government has recognized the need to strengthen plant and animal health safeguarding systems, to meet the stringent Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) requirements of international trading partners. We are working with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)... >>

Improved management strategies for cocoa in Papua New Guinea

Cocoa is a highly important export in Papua New Guinea, 80% of which comes from smallholders dependent on it for their livelihoods. But, production is threatened by the cocoa pod borer. Tricky to control, it is now one of the most serious threats to the global cocoa industry. We are developing effective ways to detect and predict infestations such... >>

Australia-Africa plant biosecurity partnership

Agricultural trade is a powerful engine for economic growth, poverty alleviation and food security but diseases are impacting it. Countries are therefore looking for ways of making agricultural trade secure. This initiative aims to facilitate trade by addressing plant pest and disease problems that hinder agricultural exports and threaten food... >>

Phytosanitary system development for the vegetable sector in Ghana

Ghana’s vegetable sector has the potential to create 20,000 skilled jobs, and increase exports to the EU. But exports are hampered by quarantine pests. This project aims to improve the current system and develop a new organic supply chain by establishing an effective phytosanitary system, facilitating strategic alliances between importers and... >>