“Insect wasps are my army in the fight to protect my pawpaw”

Meet Alfred Bolo, a pawpaw farmer Alfred is a father of two children, an agricultural officer by profession and a practising farmer in Kwale County, Kenya. He grows over 400 pawpaw (papaya) trees on his farm. Every week, Alfred harvests up to 400 kgs of papaw fruit, earning him an income of approximately Ksh. 22,000…
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Empowering the next generation of scientists: CABI in Pakistan provides internships for agricultural students

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CABI’s centre in Pakistan is helping to foster the next generation of scientists interested in securing greater food security in the world by offering internships for agricultural students at its biological control laboratories in Rawalpindi. Thirty-one entomology and plant pathology students from Pakistan’s top agricultural universities are taking part in ongoing research projects, fieldwork, data…
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CABI and partners convene soil information systems workshop in Zambia

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On April 17 and 18 2024, CABI, ISRIC – World Soil Information, the Zambia Agriculture Research Institute (ZARI) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) held a two-day soil information system roadmap development workshop at the Intercontinental Hotel in Lusaka, Zambia. Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, this work is part of the…
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CABI empowers youth to transform agriculture and contribute to greater food security in Kenya and Uganda

Meet smallholder farmer James Muliasi, a resident of Kanye It Village in Njoro Sub County, Kenya, who has emerged as a champion for agricultural development in his community thanks to training received by CABI together with a range of partners.
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Reducing pesticide risks and using nature-based solutions can address biodiversity loss – here’s how

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On Biodiversity Day, CABI’s Global Director for Invasive Species, Hariet Hinz, examines how reducing pesticide risks and using nature-based solutions, together with an Integrated Landscape Management approach, can help to prevent biodiversity loss.
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CABI’s Climate Change Expert for Africa highlights need to invest in women for climate adaptation and resilience

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Following on from International Women’s Day 2024 and the theme of ‘Inspire Inclusion,’ Dr Lydiah Gatere, CABI’s Climate Change Expert for Africa based at CABI’s regional centre for Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, highlights in this reflective blog the need to invest in women for climate adaptation and resilience. I recently visited a project in Northern…
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Giving fungi a place at the table

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A Darwin Initiative project, which began in June 2023, is concerned with the real, big and challenging impact of fungal diversity loss on the livelihoods of millions of rural women in Sub-Saharan Africa. CABI is one of a number of partners including the Matobo Conservation Society (Zimbabwe), and the Permaculture Association (UK), who are engaging…
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On Earth Day, we take a look at climate change and agriculture

Climate change poses a threat to the livelihoods of smallholder farmers, exacerbating existing risks like extreme weather and the migration of crop pests and diseases that threaten food security. Already, the climate crisis is accelerating biodiversity loss and the spread of invasive species, which cost Africa’s agricultural sector billions annually. Taken together, this can jeopardize…
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CABI helps celebrate 100 years since the discovery of entomopathogenic nematodes

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CABI joined the international community of entomopathogenic nematode experts from science and the biocontrol industry to celebrate the 100 years since the discovery of these important biological control agents.
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Data sharing initiatives promoted by CABI with partners in Ethiopia

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A CABI team have highlighted their work on enabling FAIR and responsible data practices at a workshop in Ethiopia. The workshop focused on raising awareness on the recently adopted data sharing initiatives Soil and Agronomy Data Sharing (SADS) directive and the National Soil Information System (NSIS). 
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