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Improving lives by solving problems in agriculture and the environment

Monitoring and evaluation, and Case studies

Monitoring and evaluation, and Case studies

Monitoring and evaluation

Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) is a key part of our project work and is becoming increasingly important for effective project management. Donors also demand evidence of outcomes and impacts for accountability, to ensure value for money and to support fundraising. Good monitoring and evaluation also supports teams to learn and improve at the operational, strategic and conceptual level.

CABI’s mission is to improve people’s lives worldwide by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment. In this section, we include a selection of case studies that show how we are turning our mission into positive, practical action for the benefit of farmers, extensionists, researchers, decision-makers and professional practitioners around the world. 

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Plantwise Bangladesh

Agriculture accounts for around one-third of Bangladesh’s gross domestic product. Pests destroy between 10% and 25% of harvests, despite the estimated 49,000 tonnes of pesticides used by farmers every year. Farmers need targeted information on pest management to grow more and lose less.

Plant clinics in Bangladesh: are farmers losing less and feeding more? (PDF)

Used in case study on plant health conference in Intibucá, Honduras

Plant health rallies in Intibucá, Honduras

Since 2014, the National Service of Food Safety and Health (SENASA), in collaboration with CABI's Plantwise program, has implemented several plant health rallies in Intibucá to disseminate information on Paratrioza management among potato farmers .

Plant health rallies in Intibucá, Honduras: Effect on knowledge and control practices of Paratrioza in potato (PDF - Spanish)

AIV seed. Sponsored by IrishAid

Good seed for quality produce

African indigenous vegetables (AIVs) have the potential to increase food and nutritional security and contribute to improved livelihoods, but farmers’ capacity to meet the growing demand for them has been constrained by a lack of good quality seed and technical knowhow.

Good seed for quality produce: indigenous vegetables boost farmer incomes and livelihoods in Tanzania (PDF)

A fruit seller is talking over the phone, In India

Direct2Farm in India

Smallholder farmers in India are largely dependent on other farmers as their main source of agricultural information, with government extension services geographically limited and agricultural dealers not always trusted to provide impartial advice. 

Direct2Farm proves the case for mobile-based agro-advisory services in India (PDF)

Cocoa pod borer damage

Cocoa pod borer in Papua New Guinea

Over 150,000 households in Papua New Guinea depend upon cocoa for their livelihoods but yields are threatened by a number of factors including the cocoa pod borer (CPB). A prolific pest that is extremely difficult to eradicate, CPB can devastate cocoa crops, inflicting losses of 80–90%, with subsequent negative impacts on incomes, livelihoods, export earnings and gross domestic product. 

Integrated management of the cocoa pod borer in Papua New Guinea: An impact study (PDF)

Immunising in Africa

Global Health database

CABI’s Global Health database has a significant role to play in informing public health policy helping tackle current and emerging health problems across the developing world. Systematic reviews, which are increasing in scope and number, are an excellent tool for evidence-based public health and have a growing influence on policy. However, for them to be meaningful they need to draw upon trustworthy data. 

CABI’s Global Health database – does it have a role to play in informing public health policy? (PDF)

Student browsing through reference material in the library

E-resources for African students

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) and CABI are collaborating to strengthen tertiary agricultural education in Africa through provision of privileged, cost-free access to two of CABI’s valuable scientific information resources, CAB Abstracts database and CABI Compendia, to all the universities that make up the RUFORUM consortium.

E-resources for agricultural research capacity building in African universities (PDF)

Aphthona flea beetle on leafy spurge

Leafy spurge in North America

Leafy spurge (Euphorbia esula L.) was first reported in the United States in 1827. By 1997, it was estimated to infest 2 million hectares (ha) across 35 states where it has numerous ill effects. This case study shows how we have successfully used biocontrol over a number of years to bring the plant under control.

Beetles arrest the leafy spurge scourge in North America (PDF)

Dry earth

The Africa Soil Health Consortium (ASHC) case study

Soils in most sub-Saharan countries have inherent low fertility and don't receive adequate nutrient replenishment. The Africa Soil Health Consortium (ASHC) seeks to address this. This case study shows how we are helping to build capacity and develop exemplar development communication materials on integrated soil fertility management (ISFM).

Working in partnership to communicate down-to-earth messages on integrated soil fertility management (PDF)

Promoting IPM on a large scale in DPR Korea

Building a bridge to improved food security in DPR Korea through integrated pest management 

To help improve productivity and address food security issues, CABI has been working in DPR Korea since 2002 to introduce integrated pest management (IPM).

Agriculture is crucial for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), involving approximately 50% of the economically active population and contributing an estimated 25% to the gross national product. However, agricultural production has remained low due to soil degradation and pest damage in cabbage and maize (particularly due to lepidopteron pests), amongst other reasons. 

Building a bridge to improved food security in DPR Korea through intergrated pest management  (PDF)

 

Knotweed by road

Invasives species in Great Britain case study

Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) can have a detrimental effect on biodiversity, crop production and livelihoods across the world, and Great Britain is not exempt. This case study highlights some of the most troublesome invasive species in Great Britain and looks at their cost to the country.

Demonstrating the cost of invasive species to Great Britain (PDF)

Woman using mobile phone

Mobile case study

Smallholder farmers are often unable to access information or public advisory services on a regular basis, but mobile technology is providing an answer. With a growing number of the developing world's population now using mobiles (already up to 40%), CABI is enabling farmers to get timely and targeted agricultural advice. We are bridging the information gap that conventional public extension services cannot span.

Using mobile technology to help farmers make better agricultural decisions (PDF)

Checking experiments on apples in Albania

Albania case study

Despite significant progress, agriculture in Albania is still underdeveloped. This case study shows how CABI helped overcome problems in the sector. CABI implemented a project on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) followed by a three-year institutional partnership project.

Using integrated pest management to help Albanian apple farmers increase their income (PDF)

Farmer with a bunch of Amaranth harvested from her farm

African seed health case study

AIVs (African indigenous vegetables) have traditionally been a significant contributor to food security, nutrition and incomes for smallholder farmers in East Africa. However, lack of good quality seed has hampered farmers in meeting the growing demand. This case study shows how CABI tested three farmer-led seed production models in Kenya and Tanzania. We promoted access to good quality seeds and helped stakeholders develop the necessary skills to establish and manage seed production and marketing enterprises.

Improving access to quality seeds in Africa (PDF)

Damaged plants

Biological control of invasive species case study

Non-native invasive species, such as insect pests and weeds, have a huge impact on livelihoods, food production and biodiversity around the world. CABI tackles this issue by using classical biological control which provides a sustainable and cost-effective control method and minimizes the use of pesticides. In this case study, we outline three examples from programmes where CABI has played a role, and provide results from a further five studies. 

Safeguarding the environment, food security and livelihoods from invasive species using biological controls (PDF)

E-plant clinics, pre-pilot, India.

E-Zaraat- Agricultural extension turns to tablets

ICT- based services in Pakistan's Vehari district improved the reach and efficency of extension services and gave farmers improved advice on good agricultural practice. Improved data captured from tablet computers allowed better monitoring of how, where and when staff were helping smallholder farmers. 

 E-Zaraat- Agricultural extension turns to tablets (PDF)

 

Re-energizing Cocoa

Rehabilitating cocoa production in Vanuatu

In Vanuatu, a decade of low world cocoa prices has led to many smallholder farmers neglecting their cocoa trees, resulting in infestation by black pod disease and rats, with catastrophic yield losses.

An Integrated Pest and Disease Management (IPDM) programme was initiated by CABI and CSIRO to demonstrate that increased yields could be achieved by using straightforward and practical control methods.

Rehabilitating cocoa production in Vanuatu (PDF)

Majida working in her kitchen garden, Pakistan

Agricultural training for Pakistan's rural women

Despite the economic importance of agriculture, many young people and women have little access to information that could help them improve their farming careers and livelihoods.

CABI have been working with women farmers in Pakistan, and now CABI have ccommissioned an impact study in order to learn lessons on the effectiveness of these training programmes.

Agricultural training for Pakistan’s rural women (PDF)