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Plantwise

Plantwise is a global programme led by CABI, which helps farmers lose less of what they grow to plant health problems.

Project Overview

So, what’s the problem

Worldwide, over 500 million smallholder farmers provide food for two-thirds of the earth’s growing population. Achieving a zero hunger world by 2030 depends on increasing the productivity of these smallholder farmers – but their crops face a significant threat. Yearly, an estimated 40% of crops grown worldwide are lost to pests. If we could reduce crop losses by just 1%, we could potentially feed millions more people. The lack of access to timely, appropriate and actionable extension advice makes it a fundamental challenge for farmers to get the right information at the right time to reduce crop losses.

What is this project doing?

Plantwise is a global programme led by CABI, which helps farmers lose less of what they grow to plant health problems. Working closely with national agricultural advisory services, we have established a global plant clinic network, run by trained plant doctors, where farmers can find practical plant health advice. Plant clinics work just like clinics for human health: farmers visit with samples of their crops, and plant doctors diagnose the problem and make science-based recommendations on ways to manage it.

The plant clinic network is reinforced by the Plantwise Knowledge Bank, a gateway to practical online and offline plant health information, including diagnostic resources, best-practice pest management advice and plant clinic data analysis for targeted crop protection. Together, these two unique resources are part of the Plantwise approach to strengthen national plant health systems. The stronger the national plant health system, the better equipped the country will be to help farmers provide a safe and sustainable food supply and improve their livelihoods.

For more information about the programme, visit www.plantwise.org


Results

Plantwise has had a positive impact on the lives of over 31 million smallholder farmers in Asia, Africa and the Americas, by contributing to improved plant health management, leading to increased yields and income. The programme has achieved this by strengthening the capacity of extension staff to deliver quality plant health advice through plant clinics and complementary extension approaches, and by strengthening the linkages between plant health system stakeholders, leading to better targeting and coordination of farmer support. Plantwise has also contributed to the detection of at least eight new pests, such as the fall armyworm and tomato leaf miner, in several countries around the world. In addition, Plantwise Knowledge Bank resources are highly valued by thousands of individuals. Regarding sustainability, there are promising signs of the institutionalization and scaling up of Plantwise-supported approaches in a number of countries, by both public and private sector agencies.

For more information about the programme’s impact, visit www.plantwise.org/impact



Project Manager

Washington Otieno

Plantwise Programme Executive

CABI, Canary Bird, 673 Limuru Road, Muthaiga, PO Box 633-00621, Nairobi, Kenya

Publications

Integrating Plant Clinics into County Agricultural Advisory Services Systems – Kenya Case Study

DOI https://dx.doi.org/10.1079/CABICOMM-62-8137

Type Working paper

Published in CABI Working Paper 14

Language English

Year 2020

Countries Kenya

Plantwise Annual Report 2018

Type Annual review

Language English

Year 2019

Countries Worldwide

Plantwise Annual Report 2017

Type Annual review

Language English

Year 2018

Countries Worldwide

Plantwise Annual Report 2016

Type Annual review

Language English

Year 2017

Countries Worldwide

Plantwise Annual Report 2015

Type Annual review

Language English

Year 2016

Countries Worldwide

Plantwise Annual Report 2014

Type Annual review

Language English

Year 2015

Countries Worldwide

Plantwise Annual Report 2013

Type Annual review

Language English

Year 2014

Countries Worldwide

Plantwise Annual Report 2012

Type Annual review

Language English

Year 2013

Countries Worldwide

Plantwise Impact: Results and lessons from Kenya

Type Briefing

Language English

Year 2018

Countries Kenya

Including plant health in the ‘one health’ concept

Type Book chapter

Published in A success story in Danish development aid. A. Olsen, N. Ørnbjerg, & K. Winkel (eds.). DBL, Copenhagen, 107-113

Language English

Year 2013

Countries Uganda

Plantwise Diagnostic Field Guide

Type Book

Published in CABI Publishing, Wallingford

Language English

Year 2015

Countries Worldwide

Better together – identifying the benefits of a closer integration between plant health, agriculture and one health

Type Book chapter

Published in One Health: the added value of integrated health approaches. Zinsstag et al. (eds). CABI Publishing, Wallingford

Language English

Year 2015

Countries Worldwide

Promising innovative extension approaches for climate-smart agriculture: The Plantwise example

Type Book chapter, External publication

Published in Supporting agricultural extension towards Climate-Smart Agriculture: An overview of existing tools. Sala, S., Rossi, F. and Davis, S. (eds.) Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture (GACSA). FAO, Rome 50-57

Language English

Year 2016

Countries Worldwide

Uso do Manejo Integrado de Pragas e Controle Biológico pelos Agricultores na América Latina e no Caribe: Desafios e Oportunidades

Type Book chapter

Published in Defensivos Agrícolas Naturais: Uso e Perspectivas. Vieira, B.A.H. et al. (eds.) Embrapa, Brasilia, 802-853

Language Spanish

Year 2016

Countries

Implementation and Adoption of Integrated Pest Management Approaches in Latin America: Challenges and Potential

DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.5772/64098

Type Book chapter

Published in Integrated Pest Management (IPM): Environmentally Sound Pest Management, Harsimran Kaur Gill and Gaurav Goyal (eds), IntechOpen, Rijecka, Croatia, 1-18

Language English

Year 2016

Countries Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico

Plantwise: a potential extension approach fostering uptake of biopesticides

Type Book chapter

Published in Facilitating Microbial Pesticide Use in Agriculture in South Asia. Wickramaarachchi, W.A.R.T., Chaudhary, M., Patil, J. (Eds.) SAARC Agriculture Centre, Bangladesh, 154-162

Language English

Year 2017

Countries

Plantwise: improving food security through better Plant Health System

Type Book chapter

Published in Precision Phytopathology: Frontiers of Science. Published by Fundao de Estudos e Pesquisas Ambientais e Florestais (FEPAF), Brazil, 187–211

Language English

Year 2019

Countries Brazil, Worldwide

Reaching for the low hanging fruits: One health benefits of joint crop–livestock services for small-scale farmers

DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.onehlt.2019.100082

Type Journal article

Published in One Health, 7, 100082

Language English

Year 2019

Countries Costa Rica, Kenya, Peru, Uganda, Zambia

An Approach to Understand Rural Advisory Services in a Decentralised Setting

DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/socsci8030103

Type Journal article

Published in Social Sciences, 8(3), 103

Language English

Year 2019

Countries Pakistan

Climate-Smart Pest Management: building resilience of farms and landscapes to changing pest threats

DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s10340-019-01083-y

Type Journal article

Published in Journal of Pest Science, 92, 951–969

Language English

Year 2019

Countries Worldwide

Identifying gender-responsive approaches in rural advisory services that contribute to the institutionalisation of gender in Pakistan

DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/1389224X.2019.1604392

Type Journal article

Published in The Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, 25(3), 267-288

Language English

Year 2019

Countries Pakistan

Can You Ensure that ICT for Development Apps Are Downloaded and Used? A Case Study of the Plantwise Data Collection App for Plant Health in Kenya

DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/10496505.2019.1609967

Type Journal article

Published in Journal of Agricultural & Food Information, 20(3), 237-253

Language English

Year 2019

Countries Kenya

Efficacy of homemade botanical insecticides, a control method based on traditional knowledge

DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s13593-019-0583-1

Type Journal article

Published in Agronomy for Sustainable Development, 39, 37

Language English

Year 2019

Countries Worldwide

Ecological Limits And Management Practices Of Major Arthropod Pests Of Tomato In Kenya

DOI https://doi.org/10.31248/JASP2019.124

Type Journal article

Published in Journal of Agricultural Science and Practice, 4(2), 29-42

Language English

Year 2019

Countries Kenya

Conflicts of interests when connecting agricultural advisory services with agri-input business

DOI https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture9100218

Type Journal article

Published in Agriculture, 9(10), 218

Language English

Year 2019

Countries China

Analysing Support towards Inclusive and Integrated Rural Advisory Systems

DOI https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci8100295

Type Journal article

Published in Social Sciences, 8(10), 295

Language English

Year 2019

Countries Pakistan

Assessing information sharing from plant clinics in China and Zambia through social network analysis

DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/1389224X.2019.1699125

Type Journal article

Published in The Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension

Language English

Year 2019

Countries China, Zambia

External Evaluation of Plantwise SDC contribution

Type External publication

Published in SDC report

Language English

Year 2013

Countries Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania

Mid-term Review of the Plantwise programme

Type External publication

Published in European Commission Final Report

Language English

Year 2014

Countries Worldwide

Evaluation of Plantwise Kenya: Baseline Summary Report

Type External publication

Published in American Institutes for Research (AIR) report

Language English

Year 2015

Countries Kenya

Plantwise Evaluation: Bolivia, Peru and Nicaragua

DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.12774/eod_cr.july2016.plantwise

Type External publication

Published in Evidence on Demand report

Language English

Year 2016

Countries Bolivia, Nicaragua, Peru

Evaluation of Plantwise Kenya: 12-month Follow-up Report

Type External publication

Published in American Institutes for Research (AIR) report

Language English

Year 2016

Countries Kenya

Evaluation of Plantwise Kenya: 36-Month Follow-Up Report

Type External publication

Published in American Institutes for Research (AIR) report

Language English

Year 2018

Countries Kenya

Plantwise Impact Report 2011-2018

Type Briefing, Project report

Language English

Year 2019

Countries Worldwide

Impact Assessment of Plantwise Pakistan: Final Report

Type External publication

Published in American Institutes for Research (AIR) report

Language English

Year 2019

Countries Pakistan

Plantwise Impact: Results and Lessons from Pakistan

DOI https://dx.doi.org/10.1079/CABICOMM-62-8120

Type Study brief

Published in CABI Study Brief 33: Impact

Language English

Year 2019

Countries Pakistan

Implementing Agri-policies on Pesticide Reduction through Subsidies and Plant Clinics in China

DOI https://dx.doi.org/10.1079/CABICOMM-62-8118

Type Working paper

Published in CABI Working Paper 13

Language English

Year 2019

Countries China

Stories of impact

Plantwise plant clinics deliver 3:1 benefit-cost ratio in Kenya

View Impact Story

Related products and services

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Education and Training

Crop Pest Diagnosis

Plantclinic
Open Access Services, Tools and Apps

Plantwise Knowledge Bank