Supporting the implementation of the Plant Health Strategy for Africa

Robust plant health systems and reduced pest and disease risks contribute to better livelihoods, food security, increased trade, and the protection of biodiversity in Africa. However, challenges faced by the Inter-African Phytosanitary Council of the African Union (AU-IAPSC) prevent them from fulfilling these. Challenges include the absence of clear national…
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New information portal launched to help in fight against pests and diseases of coconut

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A new information portal called Cocopest has been launched at the 58th International Coconut Community (ICC) Session & Ministerial Meeting to help in the fight against pests and diseases of coconut – a crop that in 2020 was valued at USD $65 billion. The resource, which has been developed by…
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CABI-led study suggests women’s role in coffee production should be promoted across whole value chain

Women and coffee in Ethiopia
A new CABI-led study published in the journal Sustainability suggests that the role of women in coffee production should be promoted across the whole value chain as well as improving their access to productive resources and services. The study found that while some of the technologies and practices promoted to…
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Uganda enjoys increased capacity to access more profitable regional and European markets

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Uganda is enjoying increased capacity to access more profitable regional and European markets for its fresh fruits and vegetables thanks to a project aimed at helping the country comply with sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) requirements. Uganda is now exporting 5.8 million tonnes of fresh fruits and vegetables worth US$35 million…
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Low potato yields in Kenya not down to management practices alone, CABI study suggests

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Low potato yields averaging 8.6t/ha are not only determined by the management practices employed by potato farmers in Kenya, a study by CABI scientists based at CABI’s regional centre for Africa suggests. Poor quality of potato planting materials – where there is an over-dependence on the informal sector – could…
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CABI’s work to help Pakistan produce better cotton extended for another three years

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CABI’s work to help Pakistan’s cotton farmers reduce annual losses of around $350m through poor production, transport and storage practices under the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has been extended for another three years. CABI’s centre in Pakistan has won £1.59m in funding from the Better Cotton Growth & Innovation Fund…
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