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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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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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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Mr Nutri Bean: Educating children to increase consumption of iron and zinc rich beans

The higher iron and zinc rich beans called NAROBEAN 1, 2, 3, 4C and 5C can significantly improve nutrition and are particularly beneficial for children and expectant mothers.
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As a diamond cuts a diamond, ‘good fungus’ will reduce ‘bad fungus’ in maize crop

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CABI, along with its partners Rafhan Maize Products Co. Ltd and with the support of the National Agricultural Research Centre (CDRI, ASI), are busy evaluating the efficacy of AflaPak™ in Pakistan – a biological control agent/product for outcompeting the strains of aflatoxin producing Aspergillus flavus in maize.
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Working in partnership to increase safe and efficient trade of agriculture in East Africa

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CABI, together with a law firm KO and Associates, have been contracted by Land O Lakes Venture 37 (V37) TRASE (Trade in Agriculture Safely and Efficiently) project, funded by the United States Department for Agriculture (USDA), to conduct a comprehensive assessment of sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) systems implemented in the East African Community (EAC).
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The Climate Battleground: Grassland or Forest

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Nostalgia The title of Tom Jones’ album, ‘The Green, Green Grass of Home’ released in 1967, still rouses powerful nostalgia for the rural landscape of Britain. Similar sentiments are experienced by other nationalities, but grass is particularly relevant in Britain. It ranges in type from lush lowland meadows through upland pastures and heath to open…
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