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CABI has a regional centre for Africa in Nairobi. Agriculture is essential for sub-Saharan Africa’s economic growth and yet average crop yields in Africa are among the lowest in the world. Over 80% rely on it but many face challenges in growing sufficient good quality produce.


CABI has worked in Africa for many years, but in 1995 it formally established a regional centre in Nairobi. In Africa over 80% of people living in rural areas rely on the crops they grow for food and for income. They face many challenges in growing sufficient good quality produce, such as changing climatic conditions, threats from pests and diseases, lack of access to markets, and limited access to current agricultural information. Agriculture is essential for sub-Saharan Africa’s economic growth and yet average crop yields in Africa are among the lowest in the world.

CABI’s centre in Kenya strives to improve livelihoods, working with the communities that it serves to address the problems they face using sustainable approaches.

A key element of the centre’s work is helping smallholder commodity growers to produce for and compete in local and global markets. The centre also encourages rural innovation and helps local users access global information and knowledge. Plant health is safeguarded through a range of initiatives, which include the management of invasive species, work to reduce the transmission of harmful pests and diseases through traded goods, the development of safe and effective biological controls, and Plantwise, CABI’s global project to reduce crop losses. CABI’s Good Seed Initiative, which seeks to improve the quality of seed that farmers plant, and thus improve crop yields, is also championed.

The centre works in partnership with many organizations in both the public and private sector, to enable work to be achieved in the most effective and cost efficient way. It collaborates on a national and regional level, working with agricultural extension departments, research centres, producer organisations, NGOs and regulatory agencies. International partners include international research organisations and private sector institutions such as the Rabobank and Illycafè.

The centre’s work has significant social and economic impact. Improved productivity, improved quality, and conformity to market standards enable the region’s farmers to achieve a better income from their produce. The centre also positively impacts the environment, through its promotion of sustainable agriculture, its work to reduce pesticide use and its management of invasive species.

Looking to the future the centre will continue its work in support of CABI’s overarching strategy, and plans to improve its monitoring and evaluation systems, in order to more clearly document its learning and impact.

Contact us

Morris Akiri

Regional Director, CABI Africa

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

T: +254 20 2271000


CABI - Kenya

673 Canary Bird, Limuru Rd, Nairobi, Kenya

T: ++254 (0)20 2271000 / 20

Centre staff

Fredrick Mbugua

Monitoring and Evaluation Assistant

Charles Wendo

Training Coordinator - SciDev.Net

Ivan Rwomushana

Senior Scientist, Invasive Species Management

Rahab Njunge

Theme Officer - Development, Communications and Extension

Caroline Aliamo

Projects Assistant

Mary Bundi

Regional M&E Coordinator

Henry Mibei

Operations Manager Mobile, Africa

Stephanie Gakuo

Development Communications Specialist

Lorna Migiro

Plantwise Programme Support Manager

Joseph Mulema

Plantwise Regional Support Manager, Africa

Elizabeth Nambiro

Plantwise Regional Coordinator, Africa

Hilda Odero

Project Development Officer

Centre News & Blogs

Space-age pest monitoring pays dividends for farmers in Kenya

Space-age technology to provide farmers with an early warning of pest outbreaks, which could devastate their crops and livelihoods, is paying dividends by increasing yields and reducing losses for maize farmers in Kenya.

10th October 2019


CABI Africa Newsletter - March 2018

CABI Africa Newsletter - March 2018

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