Natural horsemanship versus traditional methods – is the animosity finally dissolving?

There once was a process of breaking horses that involved force, domination and control – indeed the word ‘breaking’ was not coined for any other reason than to represent the fact that the horse’s spirit must essentially be broken to ensure a complaint and willing beast of burden. Over the years the process of breaking…
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CAB Thesaurus reaches new milestone with over 3 million terms/labels

The 2020 edition of CAB Thesaurus has been published after reaching a significant milestone – it now includes more than 3 million terms/labels with special focus given to the needs of Plantwise, Compendia, VetMed Resource, and the Global Health and the CAB Abstracts databases.
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Ceremony held to launch project to improve Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) capacity in Afghanistan

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Trade is a basic component of economic development and a major portion of development assistance comes under ‘aid for trade’. However, trade brings risks as food shipment can transport insects and diseases threatening agricultural production, human and animal health.
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How smallholder farmers can combat their reliance on staple crops

The world’s population relies overwhelmingly on four staple crops which together account for more than three-quarters of our food supply: maize, rice, soybean and wheat. Global food shortages will arise when these crops fail in a warmer climate, as is increasingly the case.
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‘Seeing is Believing’: An innovative concept of bundling agricultural services for the benefit of smallholder farmers

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By Akanksha Nagpal & Arun Jadhav Smallholder farmers in India are increasingly exposed to climate change and extreme weather events. Research on innovative strategies and tools to improve agricultural risk management is the need of the hour. ‘Seeing is believing’, as the phrase goes, underpins the innovative concept of the project entitled ‘Picture Based Insurance…
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CABI to liaise with MAIL and PPQD for improving Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) capacity in Afghanistan

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Agriculture has traditionally dominated Afghanistan’s economy as it accounts for the source of livelihood of 70% of the country’s population.  In 2019, Afghanistan recorded a share amount of 401910.25 million AFN (~$5,216.24 million USD) from the agriculture sector in GDP, highlighting the potential of this sector to uplift the country’s economy.
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CABI highlighted as a ‘Top 10’ organisation in the food security sector

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CABI has been highlighted as a ‘Top 10’ organisation within the food security sector by Development Aid – a leading, innovative membership organisation providing comprehensive information services for the international developmental sector.
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Boosting banana productivity in Tanzania: Farmer reaps rewards with up to three-fold increase

In Tanzania, where demand for bananas is high, banana farmers face the challenge of low productivity caused by pests and diseases and limited basic knowledge on banana management practices. The ‘Improving banana agronomy practices for small scale farmers in highland banana cropping systems East Africa’ project set a goal to raise banana productivity in Tanzania from 10mt/ha/yr to 25 mt/ha/year. The banana agronomy project which is led by National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) is implemented in partnership with Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI), Bioversity International, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and CABI is also operated in Uganda.
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Overcoming data sharing challenges: Lessons from OFRA

Between 2013 and 2017, CABI delivered a collaborative project, Optimizing Fertilizer Recommendations for Africa (OFRA). The project had a goal of improving the capacity of National Agricultural Research Institutions in developing fertilizer recommendations for efficient and profitable fertilizer use in 13 sub-Saharan African countries, within the framework of Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) practices under smallholder farming.
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‘Going viral’ – how popular music videos help bring soybean farming knowledge to thousands in Ghana

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Development communication is an important tool for sharing information with small-scale farmers, writes Duncan Sones. Usually, the goal is to reach as many of the right people as possible, that’s to say to go viral with your communication. After all, you want your information to be seen by many and to make the biggest change…
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