CABI scientist defends PhD thesis on risks of pest and disease movement via plant and seed exchanges

CABI scientist Dr Iva Franić has successfully defended her PhD thesis looking at the risks of pest and disease movement via plant and seed exchanges. Dr Franić, co-supervised by Dr René Eschen, Research Scientist, Ecosystems Management, and Risk Analysis and Invasion Ecology at CABI, obtained her PhD degree from the University of Bern in Switzerland,…
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World Water Day: “We must mobilise all available resources”

Ismahane Elouafi,
To mark UN World Water Day on Sunday (22 March 2020) we share this article written by CABI Board Member Dr Ismahane Elouafi – originally published on the Rural 21 website – who, in her position as Director General of the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA), makes a case for more research on alternative…
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Five, four, three, two, one – blast off! Students keep their eyes on the radiosonde launch at the Kenya Meteorology Department, Nairobi

Prise launch
Around 250 students from the University of Nairobi, Manguo Secondary School and Visa Oshwal Primary School were part of a 400-strong crowd that gathered to witness the launch of a radiosonde packed with gadgetry as part of the UK Space Agency-funded* CABI-led Pest Risk Information Service (PRISE). The students literally had their eyes on the…
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Pesticide Management Bill 2020 dawns a new era of sustainable agriculture in India

Pesticide Management Bill
India is among the leading producers of pesticides in Asia. The Insecticides Act 1968 was brought into force with effect from August 1971 with a view of regulating the import, manufacture, sale, transport, distribution and use of insecticides in order to prevent risk to human beings and animals, Dr Malvika Chaudhary writes. The Central Insecticides…
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Workshop focuses on creating healthy ‘data ecosystems’ to boost food security in India

Data ecosystems
CABI has been funded a two-year US$1.49 million project by the Gates Foundation to help increase food security in India and Ethiopia through better access to data on soil health, agronomy and fertilizers. This is being carried out with a focus to ensure that available data on agricultural development is based upon FAIR principles–Findable, Accessible,…
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Supporting safe plant exports with the CABI PRA Tool

Increased globalization, trade and, specifically, international movement of plant commodities are associated with greater risk of the spread of plant pests. A Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) evaluates biological, scientific and economic evidence to determine whether an organism is a pest, whether it should be regulated, and the strength of any phytosanitary measures to be taken…
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Investigating a way to reduce the cost of poultry feed in Ghana

Ghana imports poultry meat to the tune of about US $374 million every year. This is because local production of poultry is hampered by the high cost of protein feed for chickens- representing 70% of total production cost.
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‘Sowing the seeds’ for organic cotton in Pakistan

Cotton-Seed-Sowing
CABI, under its Cotton Advocacy for Policy and Seed (CAPAS) Project with funding from the C&A Foundation, is making good progress to support the procurement, production and certification of non-GMO cotton seed as well as the development of organic cotton policy in Pakistan.
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Online learning in development

January 24th is the United Nations’ International Day of Education, a celebration of the role of education for peace and development. The Sustainable Development Goals are rightly driving many projects amongst the world’s poorer nations and people groups, and online learning is playing a part in a lot of these projects. In honour of Education…
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When you picture a farmer, are they a woman?

CABI has today published a briefing, Empowering female farmers – Gender responsive programming, which is an overview of gender inequality in agriculture, its challenges and impacts, and how CABI is working to address these through its projects and implementation now and in the future.
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