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By helping farmers improve the quality and safety of what they grow, process and sell, CABI helps create sustainable value chains and breaks down barriers to trade

The challenge

With global population growing fast, and food demand expected to double by 2050, creating sustainable food value chains and breaking down the barriers to trade has never been more important.

While small-scale farmers in developing countries produce most of the world’s food, they often face hurdles accessing information and technologies to supply lucrative local, national and global markets. Young people in particular can benefit from new opportunities in agricultural trade.

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Nairobi market

Providing solutions

By combining our expertise in value chains and trade with our knowledge of crop health, development communication, digital development, invasive species, and publishing, we have helped private and public sector partners improve market access.

We have successfully increased value chain efficiency and helped people working in the food supply chain improve their safety compliance for the benefit of consumers by sharing information, skills and technologies. We help farmers meet Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) standards, so that they can protect their produce from contaminants such as diseases and pests and export to markets.

Our knowledge of crop production and processes has helped smallholders produce better harvests and yields, and our expertise in invasive species and pest management has helped strengthen countries’ plant biosecurity.

By working with our donors and partners, we help poor and vulnerable rural communities produce food safely and sustainably, connecting them into value chains and boosting their livelihoods.

Our value chain and trade expertise in more detail

Horticulture is an important source of income for many farmers. We help smallholders access value chains by building their knowledge of integrated crop management.

Palm trees produce a variety of commercial products including coconut oil and dates. We help farmers address the specific issues associated with growing palm trees and access export markets.

Tree crops, such as cocoa, produce a variety of commercial products. We help farmers address the specific issues associated with growing tree crops and access export markets.

Working with partners, CABI improved Ghana’s food safety systems, enabling vegetable exports worth US$15 million a year to resume following an EU-wide ban

Lead contact

For more information and enquiries about our expertise in value chains and trade, please get in touch.

CABI In Wallingford

Neil Willsher

Global Director, Value Chains & Trade

T: +44 (0) 1491 832111 E:

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