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Joint Laboratory celebrates a decade of research and development to help ensure global food security

23 October 2018 - The Joint Laboratory for Bio-safety (Joint Lab), established by CABI and the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA), is celebrating 10 years of collaborative research and development to address Chinese and global needs for food and nutritional security. A short ceremony to celebrate the 10th anniversary was held at CABI’s Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation on 18 October, with delegates being shown a commemorative video on what the Joint Lab has achieved, and ...

Stronger value chains and trade links high on agenda at CABI’s Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation

19 October 2018 - A focus on building capacity for stronger value chains and trade links, as part of the overall mission to improve global food security, was high on the agenda at CABI’s Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation held in Beijing, China. The meeting, hosted by the Chinese government through the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), was the opportunity for CABI’s member countries* and partners to hear how CABI is...

Biological controls in sharp focus as CABI strengthens ties with member countries in Latin America, IOBC Global and NTRS

25 September 2018 – The importance of biological controls in the management of agricultural pests and diseases has come into sharp focus as CABI serves to strengthen its relationships with member countries in Latin America including Colombia. Dr Yelitza Colmenarez, Director CABI Brazil Centre and Regional Coordinator for the Plantwise programme – Latin America and the Caribbean, joined Dr Harry Evans, an Emeritus Fellow at CABI and expert in the use of fungi for the biological control of invasi...

CABI welcomes Burundi’s Minister for Environment, Agriculture and Livestock and Ambassador to UK

21 September 2018 - CABI this week further strengthened relations with Burundi by welcoming its Minister for Environment, Agriculture and Livestock, His Excellency Dr Deo-Guide Rurema as well as the country’s Ambassador to the UK His Excellency Mr Ernest Ndabashinze. The distinguished guests were both met by Chief Commercial Officer Ms Carol McNamara, Dr Andrew Robinson, Managing Director, Publishing, Dr Qiaoqiao Zhang, Director, Memberships and Dr Rob Reeder, Plantwise Data Manager, at CABI’s ...

CABI Americas and Caribbean consultation focuses on the impact of invasive species on food security and trade

18 September 2018 - Some 60 delegates, including representatives from 12 CABI member countries, gathered in Ottawa, Canada this week for CABI’s Americas and Caribbean regional consultation meeting, where emerging issues around invasive species and food security were discussed. The meeting was the opportunity for member countries and partners to hear how CABI, is making progress against its Medium Term Strategy 2017-2019,particularly on five priority areas. These include: trade and market access...

SC Johnson Provides Support to Help Protect Carnaúba Palm Trees in Brazil

25 July 2018 - As part of SC Johnson’s efforts to protect natural resources for future generations, the company today announced it has provided a grant of 1.2 million Brazilian reals ($370,000) to CABI. The grant will help drive research in the management and control of the Devil’s claw vine (Cryptostegia madagascariensis), an exotic invasive weed that currently threatens the unique Caatinga ecosystem, including the native Carnaúba palm (Copernicia prunifera), in northeastern Brazil. “The aggre...

Space-age technology for fight against crop-devastating pest outbreaks in Kenya

16 July 2018 - CABI is leading a consortium, funded by the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme (IPP), developing a Pest Risk Information Service (PRISE), which uses state-of-the-art technology to help inform farmers in sub-Saharan Africa of pest outbreaks that could devastate their crops and livelihoods. The service was launched at a Plantwise plant clinic in Manyatta in Kenya’s Eastern Province.   Plant clinics are a meeting place where local plant health extension officers,...

CABI welcomes Afghanistan as its 49th member country

16 July 2018 - Afghanistan, whose agricultural industry accounts for up to 40 percent of its gross domestic product, has been welcomed as the 49th member country of CABI. Dr Trevor Nicholls, CEO of CABI, confirmed signature of the UN-level Treaty on CAB International by the Government of Afghanistan to bring the country into membership of CABI to be administered through its Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock. Membership of CABI entitles national governments to a range of benefit...

CABI in Pakistan extends support for development of agriculture in Balochistan province

16 May 2018 - CABI in Pakistan has agreed to extend its support for the development of agriculture in Balochstan province following a visit by Balochstan Director General Agriculture (Extension) Ali Raza Jamali and Director Agriculture Information, Balochstan, Abdul Karim Jaffar. It was agreed, during a meeting at CABI’s Pakistan office in Rawalpindi, that there is a need for greater capacity building of extension staff to improve agriculture in the area and particularly joint efforts to overco...

Project launched to strengthen vegetable value chains in Pakistan

16 May 2018 - CABI has launched a project to strengthen the value chains of four vegetables in Pakistan – thereby helping to boost the household incomes and livelihoods of thousands of smallholder farmers and their families. The project, which is funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), will not only look to help farmers produce healthy and profitable onion, potato, tomato and chili crops but will also primarily enhance the socioeconomic conditions of rur...

Multi-media campaign helps improve food security in Tanzania

14 May 2018 - A multi-media campaign has helped CABI and partner agencies in Tanzania improve food security in Tanzania by encouraging thousands of farmers to adopt improved legume technologies including ways to produce healthier and more profitable crops of common bean and soybean. The CABI-led project, funded by the International Development Research Centre, reached more than 600,000 farming family members during a 28-month campaign that included radio programmes, comics, social media, and te...

CABI signs MoU with Agricultural Department Gilgit Baltistan to launch Plantwise program

14 May 2018 - CABI has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Agriculture Department Gilgit Baltistan in Pakistan to launch the Plantwise program in order to provide research-based advisory services to farmers. Plantwise is a global programme led by CABI, which works to help farmers lose less of what they grow to plant health problems. Working closely with national agricultural advisory services it establishes and supports sustainable networks of plant clinics, run by trained plant doc...

CABI promotes closer partnership with Southeast Asia at ASEAN London Committee meeting

14 May 2018 - A delegation of representatives from CABI have promoted plans for closer partnership with countries in Southeast Asia as part of their presentation at the 2nd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) London Committee meeting in 2018 held on Tuesday 9 May 2018. Representing CABI, Dr Qiaoqiao Zhang, Director of Memberships, and Phil Abrahams, Director of Strategic Business Development, were invited to the meeting by the current Chair of the ASEAN London Committee (ALC), His Ex...

Workshop explores structure and tree-damaging termites in the tropics

4 May 2018 - CABI scientists have held a successful three-day workshop exploring how to diagnose and manage termites associated with structures and trees in the tropics. The workshop, held at CABI’s South East Asia (SEA) office building at MARDI in Serdang, Malaysia, highlighted termites as ecologically important insects with significant roles to play as decomposers but also as pests that can cause major damage to trees and buildings. Dr Sivapragasam Annamalai, Regional Director of CABI SEA, o...

CABI helps Pakistan’s cotton industry to reduce losses of around $350m a year

4 May 2018 - CABI is helping Pakistan’s cotton industry to reduce losses of around $350m a year through poor production, transport and storage practices by training thousands of farmers and workers as part of the Better Cotton Initiative. Cotton is Pakistan’s largest industrial sector and has played an important role in the economic development of the country and remains a key livelihood source for more than one million farmers. However, the misuse of pesticides and water, the inappropriate us...

NABDA seeks CABI’s advice on new national microbial domain biological resource centre

24 April 2018 - The National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), based in Abuja, Nigeria, is seeking CABI’s advice on establishing a new national microbial domain Biological Resource Centre (mBRC) where the greatest benefits could be made to Nigeria’s oil industry. Dr Abayomi Oguntunde, CEO of NABDA, and Dr Gloria Obioh, Acting Director/Head of the Environmental Biotechnology & Bioconservation Department at NABDA, paid a visit to CABI’s Egham office where they discussed their plans fo...

CABI shares its expertise at the International Master Class in Plant Biosecurity in Indonesia

19 April 2018 - CABI has shared its expertise in biosecurity and its links to food security, trade and market access at the International Master Class (IMC) in Plant Biosecurity held in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. Muhammad Faheem, Integrated Crop Management Advisor based at CABI’s Malaysia office, delivered a one-day course at the event where the Bilateral Plant Biosecurity Initiative (BPBI) between Indonesia and Australia pointed out the need for greater training and awareness of the national, ...

10th Steering Committee of China-CABI Joint Laboratory addresses green technology in agriculture

11 April 2017 – The 10th annual Steering Committee (SC) meeting of the Joint Laboratory for Bio-Safety of the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) and CABI has highlighted a broad commitment to environmentally-friendly technology in agriculture. The meeting, held at the Lvfulong Organic Farm in Yanqing, Beijing, China on 29 March, was the opportunity for officials and scientists from CABI and MARA to review the Joint Laboratory’s achievements and progress made in 2017 as wel...

Students learn Integrated Pest Management techniques in Beijing

10 April 2018 - CABI has held a five-day course on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to train post graduate students and young researchers on a range of pest management techniques including how to keep pests, diseases and weeds below levels that cause economic damage. The course, which was held at the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science (CAAS) in Beijing, China, was delivered by CABI’s IPM expert Dr Stefan Toepfer who is a visiting professor at the Institute of Plant P...

CABI joins Koppert to reduce the reliance on chemical use in pest management in Kenya

29 March 2018 - CABI has initiated activities with Koppert Biological Systems to increase the fight against crop pests and diseases which threaten the food security and livelihoods of thousands of farmers and their families in Kenya. CABI has signed a collaboration agreement with Koppert to deliver more Plantwise plant doctor training in Kenya, with funding from the Koppert Foundation. This includes plans to further raise the awareness and promotion of biocontrol methods as part of integrated p...

CABI Holds its 398th Executive Council Meeting

8 February 2018 – CABI’s 398th Executive Council meeting was held successful yesterday (7 February 2018) at the Hallam Conference Centre in London. CABI CEO Dr Trevor Nicholls told the delegates, representing 36 CABI Member Countries, Board Members and CABI staff, that the organisation’s Action on Invasives programme is now in full flight and that the DFID and DGIS-funded programme aims to protect and improve the lives of 50 million poor rural households impacted by invasive agricultural pests ...

Collaboration between CABI and CAAS strengthens exchange of scientific expertise

14 December 2017 - CABI was delighted to welcome a delegation from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) to discuss the next steps for exchanging scientific expertise and talent for agricultural development research. The meeting was held in Wallingford on 20 November 2017. The delegation, which met at CABI’s Head Office in Wallingford, UK, on 20 November 2017 was led by Prof Jia Guangdong, Director General of Department of Human Resources, Member of Leading Party, CAAS and compris...

CABI advocates use of open data in agricultural science at APEC symposium, Beijing

14 December 2017 – CABI contributed to an Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Symposium on Agricultural Science Data Sharing and Service which brought together over 30 participants from 15 countries within APEC and other national and international organisations at a meeting in in Beijing. The aim of the symposium was to enhance mutual understanding on the status of agricultural science data sharing in APEC members; exchange experiences and lessons on science and technology resources shari...

New report reveals cost of Fall Armyworm to farmers in Africa, provides recommendations for control

28 September 2017 – CABI has published an ‘evidence note’ report on the invasive Fall Armyworm pest, showing how the caterpillar could cause maize losses costing 12 African countries up to US$6.1 billion per annum, unless control methods are urgently put in place. Fall Armyworm: Impacts and Implications for Africa was commissioned by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) to review current evidence of the potential impact of Fall Armyworm in Africa. The document quantifies the...

CABI attends UNWTO General Assembly to celebrate International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

20 September 2017 - As an intergovernmental organisation and a 'Friend’ of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (IY2017), CABI was present at the 22nd Session of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly, held on 11-16 September in Chengdu, China, and joined UNWTO, its members and partners to celebrate IY2017 at a special event on 14 September. The theme of this five-day long General Assembly was “Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals – Journey to ...

CABI participates in the Second GMS Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting, Cambodia

15 September 2017 – On 6-8 September, CABI attended the Second Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting (AMM-2) hosted in Siem Reap by the Government of Cambodia and led by the Cambodian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. The theme of the meeting was, GMS: Towards inclusive, safe and sustainable agricultural value chains, with agriculture leaders attending from the six GMS countries (Cambodia, People's Republic of China, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Myanm...

Africa faces permanent $2bn+ maize deficit if Fall Armyworm poorly managed

7 September 2017 - CABI has today confirmed that Fall Armyworm (FAW) has been reported in 28 African countries, following the pest’s arrival in Africa in 2016, presenting a now permanent agricultural challenge for the continent. FAW feeds on more than 80 crops, but prefers maize and can cut yields by up to 60 per cent. In research funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), CABI now estimates the pest will cost just ten of the continent’s major maize producing economies ...

CABI signs MoU with the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry in India

25 August 2017 - CABI in South Asia signed an MoU with the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, India on 21 August 2017. The Chamber is an apex body promoting development of industry, trade and entrepreneurship in Northern India.  The chamber has more than 200 Agribusinesses as its members and is also an acclaimed associate of several Ministries and State Governments in design and implementation of PPP projects.  This working MoU between the Chamber and CABI is expected to grant CABI access to...

CABI contributes to Caribbean Plant Health Directors Forum

27 July 2017 - CABI joined plant health directors from more than 20 countries and territories along with several partner organizations to gather at the Melia Caribe Tropical Hotel in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic for the 10th annual Caribbean Plant Health Directors (CPHD) Forum meeting.   During the July 11 to 13 meeting, the plant health officials had intense discussions aimed at bolstering the ability of member countries to identify, exclude, and respond to pests and diseases that threaten re...

Third International Congress on Biological Invasions open for registrations

17 July 2017 - Registration for the third International Congress on Biological Invasions (ICBI), which takes place on 19-23 November 2017 in Hangzhou, China, is now open. Following CABI’s involvement in the two previous highly successful ICBIs in 2009 and 2013, which attracted more than 800 participants from over 40 countries, the organisation is both co-sponsoring and co-chairing ICBI 2017. ICBI 2017 will provide a forum for the presentation of scientific developments in the management of inva...

CABI welcomes Burundi Ambassador

CABI was delighted to welcome the recently appointed Burundi Ambassador to the UK, His Excellency Mr Ernest Ndabashinze, together with Ms Clotilde Ntahitangira, 2nd Counsellor of the Embassy, to CABI’s centre in Egham, Surrey on 5 July 2017. In one of his first official visits since his appointment in March 2017, Mr Ndabashinze was welcomed by Dr Richard Shaw, UK Country Director and Dr Qiaoqiao Zhang, CABI Director of Memberships. The Ambassador was interested to hear about CABI’s aims and str...

Plans for European laboratory take step forward

12 July 2017 - Plans for a new joint European laboratory have taken a step forward following a recent visit of a senior delegation from the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and Institute of Plant Protection to CABI in Switzerland. The visit followed an agreement last year between CABI and the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture to develop a new joint laboratory in Switzerland as an extension of the existing MoA – CABI joint Laboratory for Bio-safety to enabl...

CABI shares food loss insights at MACS-G20 preparatory workshop

29 June 2017 - CABI shared insights on reducing food losses and waste (FLW) at a workshop held in Berlin last week to prepare for the upcoming Meeting of Agricultural Chief Scientists of G20 States (MACS-G20) which will take place in Germany later this year. MACS-G20 brings together chief scientists and top research officials from 20 of the world’s major economies, as well as other international organisations, to address key questions in the fields of agriculture and nutrition. At the two mo...

CABI contributes to Asian Development Bank workshop

22 June 2017 - CABI contributed to the Asian Development Bank (ADB)’s Knowledge Intensive Agriculture Workshop, held at the ADB headquarters in Manila, Philippines on 15-16 June 2017.  The workshop was one of a number of special events held to commemorate the 50th anniversary of ADB, an international development finance institution dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific. Together with over 60 delegates from ADB’s member country governments development agencies, academic instituti...

Fertilizer approach could empower 50m African families

15 June 2017 - Four years of dedicated work by scientists in 13 African countries has resulted in the creation of innovative tools to help farmers maximise their profits from investments in fertilizers. The Fertilizer Optimization Tools (FOTs) were created as part of the Optimizing Fertilizer Recommendations for Africa (OFRA) project, funded by AGRA, and coordinated by CABI and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. George Oduor, deputy director of research at CABI, explains: “There are over 50 mi...

CABI joins 60th anniversary celebrations for Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences

5 June 2017 - A special ceremony, held in Beijing on 26 May marked the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), one of the largest national agricultural research institutions in the world. CABI was invited to join the celebrations among some 25 international organisations and national agricultural institutions from outside China. The ceremony was followed on 27 May by a summit on Agricultural Science and Technology Development. At the ceremony Mr ...

CABI scientist receives the International Friends Award from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences

31 May 2017 - Dr. Ulrich Kuhlmann, Executive Director Global Operations, CABI, highlighted the importance of the CABI-China partnership after being honoured with the International Friends Award from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) in Beijing on 25 May 2017. The ceremony was held during an International Summit on Agricultural Science and Technology Development, convened by CAAS, to recognize the 60th Anniversary of the founding of CAAS. The conference brought together over 30...

CABI and Rothamsted Research launch UK Plant Microbiome initiative

2 May 2017 - CABI and Rothamsted Research launched the first UK Plant Microbiome Initiative at a workshop sponsored by the Society for Applied Microbiology last week (26 April 2017).  The initiative was initially proposed by CABI’s Dr Matthew Ryan at the hugely successful Rothamsted Open Innovation forum in January 2017. It has now gained stakeholder support to formally establish a research and innovation platform linking industry, donors and academia to improve global food security and human h...

Plantwise wins the 2017 St Andrews Prize for the Environment

28 April 2017 – Plantwise, a global programme led by the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI) which provides smallholder farmers across the world with the knowledge they need to lose less of what they grow to pests and diseases, has won this year’s St Andrews Prize for the Environment, worth $100,000 USD. The Prize is a joint environmental initiative by the University of St Andrews and ConocoPhillips which recognises significant contributions to environmental conservation....

Reinforcing collaboration with our member countries in the Caribbean

On the 6 of March 2017, the Honourable Minister of Agriculture Land and Fisheries of Trinidad and Tobago, Mr Clarence Rambharat, and his team met with CABI Plantwise Regional Coordinator, Dr. Yelitza Colmenarez and with the USDA representative for the Caribbean Mr. Wayne De Chi, in order to review and restructure the Plantwise activities in the country. “Food security is one of our national priority areas and it’s important to keep supporting the PW activities in the country in order to ensure f...

9th Steering Committee of China-CABI Joint Laboratory held in Beijing

28 February 2017 - The 9th Steering Committee (SC) meeting of the Joint Laboratory for Biosafety between the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and CABI was held successfully in Beijing, China on 23 February 2017. All 8 committee members and other delegates from both China and CABI were very pleased with the good progress the Joint Laboratory achieved in 2016, and approved its plans for 2017, including the budget and the Medium-term Strategy 2016-2020. In addressing both Chinese and global needs f...

Strengthening agricultural research and development between Kenya and China through partnerships

14 March 2017- CABI, Institute of Plant Protection- Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (IPP-CAAS), Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) and Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), and Egerton University (EGU) have entered into a partnership to strengthen agricultural research and development between Kenya and China. This partnership falls under the Belt and Road initiative proposed by the Chinese Government to facilitate trade and economic development ac...

CABI holds 397th Executive Council meeting

8 February 2017 – On 2 February 2017, CABI held its 397th Executive Council meeting, attended by delegates representing 34 CABI Member Countries, Board Members and CABI staff. Dr Lutz Peter Berg (Switzerland), Chairman of the Executive Council, led the meeting, which took place at the International Coffee Organisation in London. December 2016 brought to a close the period covered by the CABI Medium Term Strategy 2014-16. CABI has continued to make good progress strategically, operationally and ...

CABI scientists receive prestigious Vietnamese agricultural award

18 October 2016 - CABI’s SE Asia Regional Director, Dr Loke Wai Hong, and SE Asia Regional Director (Designate), Dr Sivapragasam Annamalai, each received the MARD medal from the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) for their significant contributions to Vietnam’s agricultural and rural development sectors. The two scientists were presented with the medal by the Ministry’s Vice Minister, Dr Le Quoc Doanh. The Ministry presents the award to foreign nationals who are cho...

CABI’s new strategy for sustainable development discussed at 19th Review Conference

4 August 2016 – CABI held its 19th Review Conference of Member Countries in Egham, UK, on 26-27 July, and discussed its medium-term strategy for 2017-19. This triennial milestone in the CABI calendar saw 124 attendees from 35 countries come together to agree priorities to solve problems in agriculture and the environment. The Review Conference followed three Regional Consultations and outlined how CABI will address the shared priorities of its member countries by delivering practical, on-the-gro...

CABI and the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture agree to establish new European Laboratory in Switzerland

4 July 2016 – On 1 July, Dr Trevor Nicholls, CABI’s CEO, and Vice Minister Chen Xiaohua of the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture signed a Letter of Intent to establish a new European Laboratory in Switzerland. The Laboratory will focus on cooperative research in agricultural science and technology. The agreement builds upon a 20-year relationship between CABI and the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture that includes the creation of a Joint Laboratory for Biosafety in Beijing, China in 2008. The Europ...

CABI contributes to Asian Development Bank Food Security Forum

27 June 2016 – On 22-24 June 2016, CABI contributed to the Partnership Dialogue session at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Food Security Forum. This event, one of the major activities to commemorate the 50th anniversary of ADB, provided a platform to share knowledge, showcase innovations, and foster partnerships with relevant organisations and people working in food security. Around 500 government and industry leaders, development partners, practitioners, academics, farmers, and other experts p...

8th Steering Committee of China-CABI Joint Laboratory held in Beijing

14 March 2016 - The 8th Steering Committee meeting of the China-CABI Joint Laboratory was held successfully in Beijing, China on 4 March 2016. Steering Committee members and other key delegates were delighted with the Joint Laboratory’s achievements and progress in 2015, and agreed its plans for 2016. The Joint Laboratory is now regarded as one of the top platforms of its type within the Chinese agricultural research and development community, and is drawing international attention as a model fo...

CABI American and Caribbean consultation addresses regional challenges

19 February 2016 – CABI held its American and Caribbean regional consultation meeting in San Jose, Costa Rica, on 10-11 February. This successful event was highly interactive and highlighted emerging issues in CABI’s key areas of activity, particularly related to food security and improved agricultural productivity, food value chains, ecosystem management, food safety and nutrition. The meeting also looked closely at the impact of invasive species, specifically the threats facing livelihoods and...

CABI holds 395th Executive Council meeting

5 February 2016 - Yesterday, CABI held its 395th Executive Council meeting, attended by representatives from some 35 CABI Member Countries, Board Members and CABI staff. Dr Lutz Peter Berg (Switzerland), Chairman of the Executive Council, led the meeting, which was held at the International Coffee Organisation in London. CEO, Dr Trevor Nicholls, reviewed CABI’s work in International Development and its Knowledge Business (CABI’s integrated IT and Publishing business). Spanning both areas of act...

Celebrating 20 years of China’s CABI membership

27 November 2015 – On 25 November, CABI and key Chinese agencies celebrated 20 years of China’s CABI membership, a partnership that has seen close and fruitful co-operation across a wide range of areas, including information and knowledge management, scientific research, and international development in the fields of agriculture and the environment. The 20th anniversary was marked by a high-level workshop in Beijing, co-organized by the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), the Chinese Academy ...

CABI Asia Pacific consultation addresses regional challenges

11 November 2015 – On 4-6 November, CABI held its Asia-Pacific regional consultation meeting in Putrajaya, Malaysia. It was a well-attended and successful event, where more than 65 delegates from 11 Asia-Pacific CABI member countries, over 20 partner organizations and four potential member countries, together with CABI staff, reviewed and discussed priorities for the region. This collaborative consultation resulted in the identification of new and emerging priority areas, including food and nutr...

CABI Africa consultation addresses food security challenges

21 October 2015 - On 14-16 October, CABI held its regional consultation meeting in Lusaka, Zambia, where it agreed and announced its priorities for Africa. More than 60 delegates from 16 African CABI member countries, together with CABI staff, partner organizations and potential member countries discussed priorities such as tackling the impact of invasive species on the livelihoods of the rural poor, including smallholder farmers. Invasive species are animals, insects, plants and diseases that a...

Executive Council members visit CABI

CABI held an open day for Executive Council representatives from our member countries on 17 June. 15 representatives from 14 member countries heard about and saw demonstrations of some of CABI’s work in agriculture and the environment through a familiarization visit to CABI’s UK Centre in Egham. This event showcased a wide range of CABI’s work in invasive species, trade and commodities, mobile agriculture and plant science. It also included three overview presentations CABI as an organization, t...

Sap-sucking insects save livelihoods in Kenya

28 April 2015 - CABI has partnered with the Ol Jogi Ranch in Laikipia, Kenya, to introduce a sap-sucking insect to the region in a bid to control an invasive cactus. The cactus, Opuntia stricta, threatens livelihoods in Laikipia, because it destroys available forage for livestock and wildlife. On 25 April, Ol Jogi hosted an event to officially release the insect, raise awareness about the effects of Opuntia stricta and show the positive results that the insect is already having on controlling th...

Download our new Plantwise 'Plant Doctor Game' app

20 April 2015 - Over 500 million smallholder farmers worldwide provide food for two-thirds of the earth’s growing population. These farmers, and the major challenges they face due to crop health problems, will be the focus of a new mobile game app launched today by the CABI-led Plantwise programme at the Swiss Pavilion during Expo Milano 2015 (click to download). The universal expo, occurring once every 5 years and opening its doors May 1st, will welcome an estimated 20 million visitors with th...

CABI and PlumX partner in pilot programme

13 April 2015 - Scientists at CABI will be able to gauge the impact of their agricultural and environmental research in several unique ways as CABI partners with PlumX from Plum™ Analytics, an EBSCO company. As part of a six-month pilot programme, CABI will be using PlumX metrics to measure the recent research of our scientists and authors, showcasing articles and books on CAB Direct, our scientific research portal. PlumX’s Plum Print data visualization tool will provide clear feedback on how t...

Botanic garden experts talk plant protection in China

1 April 2015 - The International Plant Sentinel Network (IPSN) held a workshop on ‘The Identification and Diagnosis of Longhorn Beetles in China and nearby Countries’ in the Shenzhen Fairy Lake Botanical Garden and Chinese Academy of Sciences, on March 26-27, 2015. The workshop brought together people working with botanic gardens in plant protection, a first for China. The course was hosted by Botanical Garden Conservation International (BGCI) and organized by Fairy Lake Botanical Garden, Shenzh...

Plantwise shortlisted for Olam Food Security Prize

3 March 2015 - The CABI-led Plantwise programme has been named as a finalist for the Olam Innovation in Food Security Award. This award "aims to recognize an outstanding innovation for its potential impact on the availability, affordability, accessibility or adequacy of food, as well as to support its further development." As a programme now working in 34 countries, this is also a recognition of the efforts of all the Plantwise supporters and partners - over 168 worldwide - who make this innova...

CABI launches new agriculture education programme

6 March 2015 - To mark the commencement of the CABI-coordinated Masters in Advanced Studies in Integrated Crop Management (MAS in ICM) programme, incoming students, lecturers, partners and press gathered at the Hôtel du Parlement in Delémont for ceremony and celebrations. Among the hosts on hand to officially welcome the Class of 2015 was Dr Ulrich Kuhlmann, CABI Regional Director, Europe and the Americas, and coordinator of the MAS in ICM. “The programme launching today shows us that there are...

CAB Direct reaches 11 million record milestone

26 March 2015 - Global academic publisher, CABI, today announced its bibliographic platform CAB Direct has reached the milestone of 11 million records. CABI’s in-house platform, CAB Direct, hosts CAB Abstracts the leading English language bibliographic database covering the applied life sciences. Updated weekly, CAB Direct now offers over 11 million records dating back more than 100 years provide up to date research as well as historical data for a fully inclusive resource for international sci...

Joint Lab announces strong results for 2014

31 March 2015 - The 7th Steering Committee of the China-CABI Joint Laboratory (Joint Lab) was held in Beijing, China today. Hosted by the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture, members reviewed Joint Lab’s progress in 2014 and plans for 2015. Joint Lab is now widely regarded as one of the top joint platforms within the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) and announced a strong year in 2014. Last year saw excellent progress and results for Joint Lab in all key aspects of its work, includin...

CABI holds 394th Executive Council meeting

28 January 2015 - Today, CABI held its 394th Executive Council meeting, attended by Representatives from 35 CABI Member Countries, Board Members and CABI staff, led by CEO, Dr Trevor Nicholls. Dr Lutz Peter Berg (Switzerland), Chairman of the Executive Council, led the meeting, which was held at the International Coffee Organisation in London. Executive Council members noted the positive results CABI has achieved in 2014, focusing on the organisation’s commitment to its mission and 2020 vision,...

Officials from across Africa join IPPC, Plantwise and FAO for collaboration on plant health

5 August 2014 – For farmers across Africa and around the world, tackling crop pest problems in a safe and sustainable way is a major challenge. Currently between 30-40% of crops on average are lost to pests, and while the technology and knowledge exist to reduce losses, vital plant health information remains out of reach for many farmers. It is up to each country to find solutions through research, regulation, education and extension to improve access to knowledge and reporting for sustainable p...

CABI to work with Unilever protecting tea crops in India

11 August 2014 – As part of a wider commitment to sustainable sourcing of all of its key agricultural materials by 2020, Unilever has announced it will collaborate with CABI, to undertake a major scientific research study evaluating the environmental and economic feasibility of applying alternative methods to protect tea from pests in India. This move is aimed at fostering better understanding of, evaluating current growing practices in and raising the bar on sustainable production of tea. In t...

Scientific publisher, CABI, makes eBooks available in China

18 August 2014 – CABI is proud to announce that it has entered into agreement with CNPIEC, the China National Publications Import and Export (Group) Corporation, to make CABI’s eBooks available through its CNP eReading platform. The decision to work with CNPIEC was taken to increase the exposure of CABI’s eBooks in the growing Chinese market and maximize the choices users have about how to access CABI content. CABI publishes high quality titles written by world experts in agriculture and applie...

CABI releases rust fungus to control invasive weed, Himalayan balsam

26 August 2014 – From today, not-for-profit research organization, CABI, will be releasing a rust fungus at locations in Berkshire, Cornwall and Middlesex as part of field trials to control the non-native, invasive weed Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) using natural means. Himalayan balsam has rapidly become one of the UK’s most widespread invasive weeds, colonizing river banks, waste land, damp woodlands, roadways and railways. The Environment Agency estimates that the weed occupies o...

Applications now open for new ICM degree from CABI and University of Neuchatel

16 July 2014 – CABI and the University of Neuchatel are now accepting applications for a unique new degree programme in Integrated Crop Management (ICM). Students from around the world will come to Canton Jura, Switzerland to learn from experts about sustainable agriculture strategies to apply in practice and policy back home. Scholarship opportunities are available to help this programme reach high-calibre individuals worldwide. This is the first post-graduate degree to be offered in the Jura r...

Member Countries involved in new mNutrition project

14 July - 13 CABI Member Countries across Africa and Asia will be participating in a new mobile project, in which the GSMA Mobile for Development Foundation has appointed a CABI-led consortium as the global content provider to the mNutrition initiative – a UK Department For International Development (DFID) funded programme that aims to improve the nutritional status of more than three million people. The mNutrition initiative will tackle malnutrition and help beneficiaries to access nutrition-ba...

Tackling food insecurity with mobile technologies

CABI, with experts White October, have developed a Factsheet app. The app takes already available information from the Knowledge Bank, and provides a portable electronic library to aid pest and disease diagnosis.  The first pilot in Kenya (a CABI member country) has just begun and CABI staff from the UK visited and trained plant doctors from clinics around the capital. They showed them how to use tablet computers and how to make the most of the specially designed app and other e-resources in ad...

CABI strengthens partnership and boosts agricultural development in Myanmar

On 23 – 28 March a senior delegation from CABI visited Myanmar to implement previously agreed activities, explore opportunities for project development and attend an Asian Development Bank meeting. One of the highlights was the launch of Plantwise in Myanmar, organized by CABI’s centre in Malaysia and the Plant Protection Division of the Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (MoAI) and other agencies in Myanmar. The Plantwise inception workshop was well attended, and ...

Steering Committee of the China-CABI Joint Laboratory held in China

3 April 2014 - The 6th Steering Committee meeting was held in Dehong Prefecture of Yunnan Province, China on 13 – 14 March. It brought together eight Steering Committee members and several other key players to review how the Joint Laboratory has progressed during 2013, carry out project site visits, and look at and agree plans of the Joint Laboratory for 2014.  The Joint Laboratory is an initiative between the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and CABI whose Steering Committee is made up of senio...

2013 Review Conference news

70 delegates from 37 countries – more than ever before – met in Oxford at CABI's 18th Review Conference on 27-28 June to agree research priorities aimed at protecting the global food supply. The theme of the event was ‘growing to the global challenge: creating a sustainable future’, and followed on from CABI’s Regional Consultations. It outlined how we plan to address the shared priority areas of our Member Countries by delivering practical, on the ground programmes – growing our work together....

India rice workshop a success

14 October 2013 – A specialised CABI rice agri-advice pilot has been successfully implemented, so much so that following a multi-stakeholder donor workshop held in October, our centre in India is now working to increase its scale to the national level across India. Rice growers can experience yield losses as high as 60%. As domestic demand for rice is now growing faster than production, practical measures that can raise rice productivity are attracting interest in India. To minimise losses fro...

Tanzanian minister for agriculture, Christopher Chiza, visits CABI to discuss agricultural partnerships

25 October 2013 – Tanzanian minister for agriculture, The Hon. Christopher Chiza, visited CABI headquarters today to discuss partnerships in agriculture and sustainable development. Keen to meet institutions with expertise in crop management, fertilisers and plant pests and diseases, Mr Chiza said, “I see there is a lot we can do together with CABI, like improving the precision of our plant health data collection – CABI has already been involved in plant health clinics through Plantwise in Tanza...

CABI plays key role in International Congress on Biological Invasions

26 October 2013 – This week, hundreds of invasive species experts from across the world gathered in Qingdao, China, for the 2nd International Congress on Biological Invasions (ICBI2013). As a co-organiser and sponsor of ICBI2013, CABI played a key role in the event through its membership of the international organising and scientific committees, and with on-the-ground support from the CABI-China Joint-Lab. Meeting to address the challenges of the migration and spread of alien invasive species (...

Visit to Mauritius

Dr Zhang and Mr Akiri  with Mr Ram Prakash Nowbuth, Permanent Secretary, and Mr Punchoo, Chief Agricultural Officer Ministry of Agro Industry and Food Security Dr Qiaoqiao Zhang, Director of Memberships and Mr Morris Akiri, Regional Director, CABI Africa visited Mauritius On 23-26 September 2013 to strengthen the relationship with a long standing member country of CABI, explore project and capacity building opportunities; and promote uptakes of some CABI membership benefits.   ...

CABI Executive Council paves way for exciting new work in global food security

22 January 2014 – CABI kicked off the New Year holding its 393rd Executive Council meeting and paving the way for new projects and initiatives contributing to global food security. Representatives from 31 CABI member countries met in London, together with CABI’s Board members, and a number of CABI staff led by CEO, Dr Trevor Nicholls. At the meeting, Executive Council members reviewed the positive results achieved during 2013 through CABI’s work in international development and publishing. This...

Plantwise launched in Malawi

Top national agricultural officials and CABI representatives gathered in Malawi recently to officially kick-off Plantwise operations, marking a new chapter for plant health development in the country. With one small snip, Dr Wilfred Lipita cut the ribbon to officially launch the programme. Dr Lipita is the Controller of Agricultural Extension and Technical Services in Malawi’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, and was representing the Minister, Dr James Munthali. Earlier this year, Dr...

Symposium highlights benefits of microbes

Brunei’s microbial diversity is largely untapped, but has the potential to support the economic diversification of the country. That was the key message emanating from a high level symposium, in Brunei Dar us salam [November 27] where CABI scientists outlined the important role that any new Biological Resource Centre would play in managing the Brunei’s genetic microbial resources. Biological Resource Centres are key to preserving and conserving the worlds’ microorganisms. These reference centr...

Plantwise implementation - stakeholder workshop in Sichuan, China

Hosted by the Sichuan Department of Agriculture, a stakeholder workshop to review the progress of Plantwise in China, and develop plans for 2014 was held successfully in Sichuan on 19 October 2013. It was attended by over 30 representatives from the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), National Agro-Technical and Extension Services Centre, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, plant protection stations of Sichuan Department of Agriculture, Beijing Department of Agriculture, Meishan Departm...

CABI and China boost agricultural development in Myanmar

An important milestone in knowledge sharing between CABI and two geographical neighbours in Asia has been reached at a recent summit in Myanmar. CABI has facilitated cross-partner cooperation between China and Myanmar, which are important member countries of CABI, with the potential to improve crops for millions of farmers. The cooperation statement, signed by Mr Aung Hlaing, Deputy Director General of Department of Agricultural Planning, Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation of the Republic o...

MIPR to collaborate with CABI in research on biodiversity

Described as a “Biological Resources Cooperation”, the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources (MIPR) in Brunei is exploring their biodiversity through their collaboration with CABI. With the signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) the two organizations will research and develop the country’s biological diversity, identify and characterize forest microbes and those related to vegetation, and develop a long-term business plan for the viable collection of microbiology. The opportunity al...

ExCo 2013

It was great to see 30 member countries actively represented at the recent Executive Council meeting on 23 January 2013. Members were involved in signing off on a number of new proposals and recommendations including the acceptance of Barbados as a Member Country and the plans for the 2013 Review Conference being held in June. Read the papers from ExCo 2013....

CABI welcomes its 48th Member

CABI welcomed Barbados as its 48th member country in a ceremony attended by CABI Chief Executive Officer, Dr Trevor Nicholls and the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management, Michael King. The ceremony took place at the CABI Regional Consultation meeting with Member Countries from the Americas and the Caribbean which was held in Barbados from 20-21 February, 2013. CABI CEO, Dr Trevor Nicholls (right) welcomes Barbados to the CABI family ...

CABI holds Regional Consultations

CABI held a regional consultation meeting with its member countries from the Americas and the Caribbean in Barbados from 20-21 February, 2013. This venue was chosen to celebrate Barbados’ successful application to join CABI, effectively becoming the 48th member country.Speaking at the Conference, CABI’s Executive Director for International Development, Dennis Rangi had this to say: ‘’CABI membership represents about 2/3 of the world’s population. An assessment of CABI’s work in the 100 years of ...

5th Steering Committee meeting of CABI-China Joint Laboratory held

Held in Beijing on 26 March, Steering Committee members and some other key players reviewed last years’ progress of the Joint Laboratory and approved plans for 2013. Consisting of senior representatives from the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture, CABI, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) and the Institute of Plant Protection of CAAS, the Steering Committee was particularly pleased with the significant progress made in 2012, and confident that the Joint Laboratory can play an even b...

CABI & Campden BRI partnership

With ever-closer integration of farming and food manufacturing, world renowned science-based organisations Campden BRI and CABI have developed a strategic alliance to provide technical support from ‘seed to shelf’. The alliance will benefit small, medium and larger companies as well as initiatives from government and NGOs aimed at supporting food production. The food supply chain faces enormous challenges in meeting the needs of a growing and more affluent population – all within the constrain...

GLAST-2013

CABI CEO, Dr Trevor Nicholls contributed to discussion amongst the world’s leading agricultural officials and scientists on approaches to facilitate farm innovation by putting ‘Research into Use’ via his keynote at GLAST-2013 (June 5-6) in Beijing. Hosted by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), the theme of GLAST-2013 “Science Innovation, Technology Transfer and Agribusiness Development”, brought together over 300 leaders and leading scientists from over 60 national ag...