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Crop management: Building capacity, providing expert advice

Crop management: Building capacity, providing expert advice

CABI improves crop production and quality by helping farmers to grow more healthy, high quality and safe produce that can be sold in domestic and global markets. This leads to a reliable, sustainable and cost effective supply source, and enables farmers to improve their income and raise their family’s quality of life.

We maximize crop yields by preventing losses to pests and diseases, and support producers in complying with food safety and SPS standards. As well as allowing developing countries to benefit fully from trade opportunities and to access lucrative new markets, this results in a better quality crop which farmers can sell at a higher price.

To make our work sustainable and extend its impact we also provide knowledge and training to national extension workers, researchers, scientists and suppliers of agro-inputs (pesticides and fertilisers) so that they give the best advice and support to farmers.

Our crop management work involves:

• training farmers in best practice agricultural skills and techniques, including better ways of using pesticides

• raising awareness of consumers’ expectations and safety concerns

• improving access to practical, farmer-friendly information and resources – using factsheets, online knowledge hubs and mobile advisory services

• developing sustainable ways of managing pests, including using IPM techniques as part of a better pest management approach

• advising farmers on how to identify and manage plant health problems, for instance through our network of plant clinics

• introducing new processing and storage techniques that reduce post-harvest loss due to spoilage

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... >>

Evaluating and managing the pathways of pest introductions through trade

The number of invasive organisms in European forests is increasing, with the trade in live plants recognized as a major pathway in the movement of pests and diseases. The number of shipments is so high that phytosanitary (plant health) inspections can only intercept a fraction of the harmful species. This project focuses on reducing threats from... >>

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... >>