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CABI’s mission is to improve people’s lives by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment.

We understand that global problems are too complex and interconnected to be dealt with by any one organization. That’s why partnerships are at the heart of everything we do.

Our 48 Member Countries guide and influence our core areas of work and by working closely with them, our global donors and partners, individuals and organizations, together, we aim to solve problems and build sustainable livelihoods.

In addition to directing and influencing the global development agenda, Member Countries can also enjoy other privileges and services relating to CABI’s scientific expertise, products and resources.

The CABI membership benefits package outlined below has been developed to meet the diverse needs of our members in a tailored and effective way. If you are already a member, you can access your benefits here.

Projects, products and services

Through its projects, CABI works in partnership with Member Countries, donors and partners to help farmers grow more and lose less, combat threats to agriculture and the environment and improve access to scientific information.

With more than 100 years of applied scientific research underpinning our work, CABI supports study, practice and professional development through an extensive array of publishing products, research services and support tools including online databases and compendia, knowledge tools and portals, digital learning packages, books and eBooks.

Member Countries benefit from free, priority or discounted access to a range of these projects, products and services.

Highlights in the benefits package include:

  • Strategic advisory support on operational matters for Plantwise-active countries through national coordination mechanisms, to sustain existing in-country partnerships and share new PlantwisePlus developments.
  • Up to five day’s consultancy per year to support the development of joint policy papers, concept notes or project proposals and scoping studies.
  • Access to CABI’s flagship knowledge products including the world-renowned CAB Abstracts and Global Health databases.
    • CAB Abstracts is the most comprehensive bibliographic database of its kind. It helps governments and institutions around the world access up-to-date academic and technical knowledge and innovative, cutting-edge research to enable better evidence-based decision and policy making.
    • Global Health helps thousands of professionals in government institutions around the world access a wealth of knowledge in public health, helping them to understand the current situation and make critical decisions – an essential tool in a world facing the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Access to the CABI Academy which builds on CABI’s scientific and publishing background, translating the latest innovations in crop and plant health research into programmes designed to help students and professionals focusing on crop pest diagnosis and management solve problems in agriculture and the environment.
  • Free or discounted use of CABI’s professional applied microbial identification services. CABI’s in-house expertise includes full microbial investigation, identification, detection and testing services for all types of fungal and bacterial contamination problems that might be causing disease to agricultural crops.
  • An opportunity for researchers and journalists in Member Countries to obtain tailored advice on access to, and use of high-quality online training programmes, resources and consultancy on effective science communication provided by SciDev.Net.

International collaboration and networking

CABI works to facilitate Member Country participation in collaborations, partnerships consortia, and knowledge exchange involving other Member Countries and its wider network of contacts.

CABI has formed extensive networks by working with governmental departments, educational institutions, public, private and civil organizations. Additional links have been developed through CABI’s memberships and observer status of major international and regional bodies.

Member Countries can take advantage of networking opportunities by meeting with CABI, other Member Countries and their agricultural and environmental institutions, and other relevant experts to share knowledge and experience to address common goals.

CABI works hard to identify new opportunities for collaboration, especially south-south collaboration and those related to technology transfer.

Highlights in the benefits package include:

  • Global networking opportunities with public, private and civil organizations through CABI networks, meetings and events
  • Participation in digital networking, virtual workshops, roundtable discussions and working groups on critical topics of common interest, led by CABI and/or its Member Countries
  • Facilitation of close partnerships among CABI Member Countries through north-south and south-south co-operation, and the formation of consortia of common interests such as crop health and climate change

Governance – shape CABI’s future

CABI is run by our Member Countries. Governance is not only a benefit but also an undertaking of our Member Countries.

Through CABI’s formal Governance mechanisms and other consultation processes such as CABI’s Review Conference, Executive Council and Regional Consultations, Member Countries have the opportunity to direct and benefit from our work and address the needs of their country and those of other members.

Collectively, Member Country inputs shape CABI’s future direction and, ultimately, help people in less developed parts of the world to improve their lives.


  • Opportunities to shape CABI’s future through the formal governance mechanisms (Executive Council including Sub-committees and Review Conference) and other consultation processes
  • Voting rights for Full Member Countries at CABI Review Conference and Executive Council meetings
  • Approval of strategies, annual budget and accounts, appointments of Board Directors and the CEO
Executive council members networking