CABI teams up with Koppert to lead biological fight against devastating tomato pest in Kenya

A farm manager checks for Tuta absoluta on tomato crops in Kajiado County, Kenya
CABI has joined forces with world-leading biological control specialists Koppert to step-up a more sustainable fight against the tomato farmer’s worst enemy – the tomato leafminer, known scientifically as Tuta absoluta – which in Kenya alone causes 50-80 percent yield loss if no control method is applied.
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Demonstrating biological approaches for sustainable management of tomato leafminer in Kenya

CABI staff showing Tuta absoluta with farmer
Since 2014, the tomato leafminer has become the most serious threat to the sustainable productivity of tomato in Kenya, causing up to 80% yield loss. Almost 98% of farmers’ crop suffer from this pest and when using pesticides as a control method, only 27% of farmers report success. Building on…
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CABI scientists track wheat aphids and their natural enemies for better pest management in Pakistan

Aphids damaging wheat spikes
For the first time, CABI scientists have studied the distribution and population dynamics of wheat aphids and their natural enemies in Pakistan through seasons and periods of time. This research could be useful to develop better pest management methods and safer, healthier crops in wheat production.
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Partners step-up efforts to improve Pakistan’s food export capabilities to China and beyond

CABI is busy working in collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science (CAAS) to help Pakistan’s Ministry for National Food Security & Research (MNFS&R) enhance the country’s capacity to increase food exports to China and other countries around the world.
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Securing food security and livelihoods through Sustainable Agricultural Intensification in Ghana

Smallholder farmers in Ghana are enjoying greater food security and more profitable livelihoods by practicing Sustainable Agricultural Intensification (SAI) alongside the government’s overarching plan to promote ‘one village, one dam’, ‘planting for food and jobs’, and ‘rearing for food and jobs.’
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CABI signs contract to ensure greater food security through aflatoxin control in Pakistan

CABI has signed a contract with the Crop Diseases Research Institute (CDRI) to help ensure greater food security in Pakistan by evaluating an eco-friendly biocontrol to mitigate poisonous aflatoxins which can decimate crops such as maize and wheat.
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Plantwise

Plantwise plant doctor helping female farmers in Kenya
Worldwide, over 500 million smallholder farmers provide food for two-thirds of the earth’s growing population. Achieving a zero hunger world by 2030 depends on increasing the productivity of these smallholder farmers – but their crops face a significant threat. Yearly, an estimated 40% of crops grown worldwide are lost to…
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Crop-devastating pests in Rwanda to be targeted with space-age technology from PRISE programme

Pests, which threaten to destroy key cash and food security crops including maize, tomato and beans, are to be prioritized as part of an integrated pest management strategy using state-of-the-art space-age technology.
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Continuing the biological fight against a hardy foe – the maize-devastating western corn rootworm

CABI Scientist in maize field with students
CABI is continuing the fight against the maize-devastating western corn rootworm (Diabrotica virgifera virgifera) by collecting more than 22,000 live specimens of this chrysomelid beetle for further research into its biological control.
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Improving the livelihoods of smallholder maize farmers around the Mekong

Project inception workshop in Beijing 2012
After rice, maize is the most important crop in the Mekong Delta. Insects including the Asian corn borer are a major threat to production. Fear of crop losses, together with a lack of alternative measures, can result in overuse of pesticides - posing health risks to farmers, consumers and the…
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