Social norms: why women farmers might not be getting ahead despite development support

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On International Women’s Day, Bethel Terefe, Gender Coordinator, CABI takes a look at gender-related social norms and how they affect women’s futures in agriculture. Women play an important role in agriculture. Although they rarely control decision-making on family farms, women constitute 43% of the global agricultural workforce and are an undeniable asset to the sector.
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Better Cotton Initiative is empowering rural women in Pakistan through entrepreneurship

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As we celebrate International Women’s Day 2021 today (8 March) and its theme of ‘Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world’, CABI’s Naheed Babar, Noreen Mangrio and Noor Nabi Bhutto highlight how CABI’s role in the Better Cotton Initiative is helping to empower women in Pakistan through entrepreneurship.
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GM Crops: The West versus the Rest

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Why is it that countries in the West, particularly those in the European Union, but also in the Nordic countries and pockets in the USA, are so anti-GM crops?
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Aflatoxin control in Pakistan – promising developments to reduce aflatoxin problem in maize crop

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Aflatoxin Control in Pakistan is a game changer initiative for the country’s maize industry. Maize growers adopt cultural practices, such as the drying of maize cobs on concrete grounds and delaying the harvesting to reduce moisture on the standing crop.
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Top 10 most downloaded CAB eBooks of 2020

For many students, 2020 was their most challenging yet – if not in terms of subject matter, then almost certainly in terms access to study materials. With many students working remotely, away from the convenience of campus and the university library, eBooks became more important than ever before. During the global pandemic, we saw the…
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Need help with publishing your paper? CABI Author Services helps you edit, publish and share your research

Getting an academic paper published isn’t always easy and the hurdles that stand in your way aren’t always about the research. Perhaps you’re an early stage researcher preparing your paper for submission, but you’re unfamiliar with the steps that maximize the chances of it being published. Or maybe English isn’t your first language, but you’re…
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agriRxiv’s top 10 most read preprints of 2020

As we start the new year, we’ve crunched the numbers1 and compiled the top 10 most read preprints on CABI agriRxiv in 2020. agriRxiv (pronounced ‘agri-archive’) is a free, open access source of unpublished preprints across the agricultural sciences, hosted by CABI. Preprints are drafts of research articles that authors share before submitting their final…
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Horticulture programme in Pakistan helps increase farmer incomes by almost 20%

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Insect pests cause millions of dollars of crop losses in countries throughout the world every year. Pakistan is no exception. Pests like apple codling moth, apple spider mites, papaya mealybug, giant mealybug and fruit flies can harm crops causing substantial losses to crop yields and farmer incomes. On a broader level, these losses also negatively…
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How does gender and age affect smallholder access to agricultural advice?

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Male or female, young or old – how do demographics affect the ability of smallholder farmers to access agricultural advice? This was the subject of a working paper published about the CABI-led project, Gender and the Legume Alliance (GALA).
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Dr Monica Kansiime is committed to helping the mission for greater food security in Africa

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As part of UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we turn the focus on CABI’s own female scientists to highlight the invaluable work they contribute towards our mission of helping smallholder farmers grow more and lose less to crop pests and diseases. Here we find out more about Dr Monica Kansiime –…
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