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Food and nutrition security

Food and nutrition security

According to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 805 million of the people in the world are still experiencing chronic undernourishment or hunger. Meanwhile, a significant amount of food currently grown worldwide is lost to pests despite advances in agricultural technology. Reducing this loss by just 1% could feed millions. To do this farmers need good advice from people they trust. By bringing agricultural knowledge to smallholders, we are changing the food security story. 

We focus on supporting smallholder farmers and improving their crop yields, tackling pests and diseases and finding alternatives to pesticides.

By promoting integrated solutions, we improve access to better seeds and planting materials; encourage efficient and effective use of mineral fertilizer and organic inputs, combined with good agricultural practices.

We introduce new crop production technologies, provide training and build local and national capacity. We also improve access to knowledge and information to support crop management to raise crop productivity. For instance, we support the improvement of soil and seed health leading to healthy plants and a good yield, affecting food security, income and livelihoods.

Crop protection compendium

This is a time-saving, encyclopedic, mixed-media tool that draws together scientific information on all aspects of crop protection. It features extensive global coverage of pests, diseases, weeds and their natural enemies, the crops that are their hosts, and the countries in which they occur.

 

TAP Common Framework

The Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP) is a coalition that was initiated by the G20. Its main focus is to facilitate capacity development for agricultural innovation in tropical countries. CABI has been actively involved in developing the Common Framework to which we and other development organisations will adhere.

 

Beneficial nematodes to control rootworms in European maize production

The western corn rootworm is a major invasive maize pest in North America and Europe. Control options become more and more limited as problematic pesticides are being phased out. 10 years of joint efforts in research and development by academic, legislative and commercial partners have led to a nematode-based biological control solution for this... >>

SAIRLA Ghana National Learning Alliance

Agricultural production and productivity needs to increase in order to enhance economic growth but environmental impacts and social conflicts need to be taken into account. The concept of sustainable agricultural intensification which takes account of these complexities is needed. The Sustainable Agricultural Intensification Research and Learning... >>

PRISE: a Pest Risk Information SErvice

Pests can decimate crops and are estimated to cause around a 40% loss. These insects, mites and plant pathogens can impact on food security and impede supply chains and international trade. A Pest Risk Information SErvice (PRISE) aims to solve this problem by using data to help farmers manage pests in up to six countries in sub-Saharan Africa. >>

Partnerships for improving fruit production in DPR Korea

Despite advances in agriculture in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPR Korea), a shortage of fresh produce undermines the population’s nutritional status. Fruit is grown on large state farms and cooperative farms, but pests and diseases reduce yields and quality. CABI is working with key stakeholders in the fruit sector to develop best... >>

Gender and the Legume Alliance

Legume crops play a key role in household nutritional security and incomes but production is in decline. To rectify this, the Legume Alliance is trying to get information about growing common beans into as many smallholder farming households in Ghana and Tanzania as possible. This work will also look at information targeting different gender... >>

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... >>

Scaling up interactive ICT to increase agricultural innovation in Tanzania

Despite Tanzania’s immense agricultural potential, farm productivity is hindered by inadequate knowledge and customary practices on farm management. The project Upscaling Technologies in Agriculture through Knowledge Extension (UPTAKE) targets small-scale farmers through geographical mobile and radio campaigns on improved agricultural technologies... >>