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Improving lives by solving problems in agriculture and the environment

Providing access to knowledge

Providing access to knowledge

Too often the results of important agricultural research fail to reach those people that could benefit; so despite advances made by researchers, transferring relevant and timely agricultural knowledge to farmers and the food supply chain, has tended to lag behind, despite the potential benefits. Getting the right information and knowledge when you need it, is a challenge. That’s where we can help. We work to make scientific and agricultural information flow, giving users access to accurate, timely and relevant knowledge.

This way thousands, or even millions, of farmers and extension workers in remote and rural areas benefit and are able to deal with the challenges of a changing climate, market trends or regulation.

Our expert staff exploit the latest technologies allowing us to work globally and accessing hard to reach communities. We work closely with user groups to optimize reach and impact, and identify both their knowledge management needs and appropriate communication channels. And, because we are international, our in-country teams provide local insight and connections to science and policy–level decision makers.

Capturing, repurposing and transfering knowledge 

We systematically capture, repurpose and transfer knowledge to and from farmers, extension workers, researchers, policy makers and governments to help address food security and alleviate poverty.

We exploit the latest technologies to make information quick and easy to access. Our information is quality assured, has a full metadata record, uses Dublin Core principles and a controlled vocabulary.

We are leading on the open access agenda for our publicly funded research and were a founding supporter of the Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development (CIARD) initiative. 

We also offer a number of Knowledge Management Services  

MIRRI: improving access to microbial resources, services and data

Microorganisms are vital natural resources for biotechnology; they help advance human health, improve food security and provide innovative solutions to research and development. The European microbial landscape is fragmented and resources or data are hard to find. The Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure (MIRRI) is resolving this;... >>

mNutrition: Addressing hidden hunger through mobile messaging

One in three people in the developing world suffer from ‘hidden hunger’, or micronutrient deficiency, due to a lack of information on proper nutrition. This is a major cause of illness, poor growth, reduced productivity and impaired cognitive development. To help combat the problem, CABI and its partners in the DFID mNutrition initiative are... >>

GODAN: Making agriculture and nutrition data open and searchable

Open data – data that is freely available and machine-readable for everyone to use – is a vital resource for improving global food security and human health. The Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) programme has been set up to take pioneering agriculture and nutrition research information and make it openly accessible – together... >>

Agriculture for Improved Nutrition: Seizing the Momentum

Agriculture's vast potential to improve nutrition is just beginning to be tapped. New ideas, research, and initiatives developed over the past decade have created an opportunity for reimagining and redesigning agricultural and food systems for the be...

Farm Business Management: The Human Factor

The underlying economic factors that affect primary production are frequently studied and written about - soil quality, animal health, climate, machinery - but this is the first book to explore the role of the decision psychology of the manager runni...

GM Food Systems and Their Economic Impact

The development of transgenic crops is revolutionary, but what does it mean for food production, prices and the environment? This is the first book to examine the economic evidence in a methodical way. It initially describes the historical evolution ...