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Early preparedness: Bangladesh proactive steps towards desert locust invasion in South Asia

CABI is helping Colombia’s coffee farmers tackle a devastating pest with remote sensing technology

Enabling safe and climate smart coffee production in Colombia

The coffee berry borer (CBB) is the most serious coffee pest, worldwide, causing crop damage in excess of $US500 million, annually. In Colombia, 75% of coffee crops are affected by this pest, where it directly damages coffee beans, destroying the taste and making the beans unsaleable. Furthermore, climate change is enabling the wider spread of CBB, especially at higher altitudes. To overcome losses, the trend amongst farmers is to intensify their activities and expand growing areas. CABI and partners are producing an alert system that uses climatic data and remote sensing technology to give farmers advance warnings of CBB surges, allowing them time to access and apply controls. Biopesticides will be profiled by CABI and relayed into the alert system to further advance the farmers’ abilities to select the right product, at the right time. Women farmers are also integral to the project and to on-farm decision-making but a lack of access to information reduces their participation. This project will focus on overcoming gender disparities in coffee farming.

New study shows limited awareness of human-induced drivers of climate change among Nigerian maize-poultry value chain actors

First climate change study focusing on poultry farmers in Africa benefits from CABI’s expertise

Study shows life table of crop-devastating diamondback moth has changed little in 65 years