Cookies on CABI

Like most websites we use cookies. This is to ensure that we give you the best experience possible.

 

Continuing to use www.cabi.org  means you agree to our use of cookies. If you would like to, you can learn more about the cookies we use.

Search this site
Sign up for the CABI e-zine Newsletter
Improving lives by solving problems in agriculture and the environment

CABI holds 397th Executive Council meeting

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 financially, in line with the plans laid out by the Medium Term Strategy. This Strategy has addressed priority areas identified at three Regional Consultations in 2015-16, and aligned Member Country requests with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and CABI’s strategic objectives. It also took into account recommendations made at the organisation’s 19th Review Conference, which was held on 26-27 July 2016.

CABI’s traditional Publishing business, with its combination of book and database products has maintained progress, while also investing in new IT platforms to underpin CABI as a Knowledge Business. The commitment to open data made in the 2014-16 Medium Term Strategy led to CABI being awarded the role of Secretariat host for the Global Open Data in Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative.

Reviewing CABI’s progress, CEO, Dr Trevor Nicholls said, “I am very pleased that CABI has delivered the majority of the objectives that we set out in our Medium term Plan for 2014-16. In particular, we are now able to measure our results in human, as well as financial, terms thanks to the step change we have made in our systems for tracking the outcomes and impact of our work. Our International Development business has grown strongly thanks to a broad portfolio of projects in trade, invasive species, development communications and extension. Our flagship programme Plantwise has won broad recognition for its innovation, impact and reach. We’ve also evolved our core Publishing activities into a broader Knowledge Business with significant project-based activities, and are positioning CABI as a champion in the field of open data.”

Proposals and recommendations approved by Executive Council and Members during the meeting include:

  • CABI’s 2017 budget and 2017-2019 plan
  • CABI’s Medium Term Strategy for 2017-2019
  • Re-appointment of Dr Lutz Peter Berg (Switzerland) as Chair of Executive Council for 2017
  • Election of Mrs Anne Kamau, Commercial Counsellor, Kenya High Commission and Mrs Sharifa Khan, Commercial Counsellor, High Commission for the People’s Republic of Bangladesh as Executive Council delegates for the Board Observer positions for 2017

Looking forward, the Executive Council and Members commended the proposed launch of CABI’s Invasives Programme this year, which is designed to address the threat of invasive species to the livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers in Africa and Asia. This, together with existing and new programmes such as ICT for Distance Learning, will play a key part in CABI’s next steps throughout 2017–2019.

For all our latest news, click here

Remote sensing use for mapping Parthenium in Pakistan

It is projected that food demand will more than double by 2050 due to climate changes. Food security in Pakistan is particularly reliant on its ability to produce wheat and rice, however, an invasive species of weed, the "Famine Weed" (Parthenium hysterophorus), has been identified as a critical threat to agriculture and human prosperity in... >>

Invasive plant pathogens threatening the USA

Invasive plant pathogens represent a threat to US agriculture, forestry and the environment. Accurate information on these pathogens is required to help prevent their introduction and spread. The Plant Pathogens Subcommittee of the US Federal Interagency Committee on Invasive Terrestrial Animals and Pathogens (ITAP) has identified the worst plant... >>

Biological control of the Spotted wing Drosophila - Drosophila suzukii

Drosophila suzukii Matsumura (Diptera: Drosophilidae), a fruit fly from East Asia, is now a serious economic pest of soft fruits and berries across Europe, the Americas and North Africa. In this project we are focusing on finding natural enemies (parasitoids) of the pest to introduce into Europe. This involves surveys for parasitoids where it... >>

Establishing a centre for crop health and protection in the UK

Breakthroughs in science and technology are helping overcome global food production challenges and changing the worlds’ agriculture. A new Centre for Applied Crop Science is ensuring the UK has the necessary capital needed to deliver a cutting edge platform to support agriculture in the UK and beyond. CABI is the lead partner in three main work... >>

Developing biopesticides to remove the need for cold storage

Farmers face issues with insect pests that damage their crops. In Africa, cold storage facilities necessary for some biopesticides aren't always available. As experts in this and crop management, we are working with Asymptote Ltd, a UK technology company, to develop an appropriate product for rural conditions in Africa, meaning African farmers... >>

Rescuing and restoring the native flora of Robinson Crusoe Island

Robinson Crusoe Island, part of the Juan Fernández Archipelago in Chile, is under threat from invasive species. So action needs to be taken. As part of a larger management programme for the whole Archipelago, a team from CABI will help conserve and re-establish native species on the island. In the long term this project will provide the biological... >>

Managing invasive Madagascar rubbervine in Brazil

Invasion by the alien plant Madagascar rubbervine is endangering native flora and fauna in northeastern Brazil. In the Caatinga area, the endemic Carnaúba palm, with its highly valued wax, has come under threat. CABI, in collaboration with Brazilian counterparts, is seeking to evaluate the rust Maravalia cryptostegia as a potential biocontrol... >>