Unlocking the power of data ecosystems in agriculture: Enhancing insight and impact

In today’s data-driven world, understanding and leveraging data ecosystems is paramount for organizations aiming to achieve impactful outcomes. This is exemplified by work being carried out through the CABI-led project ‘Enabling FAIR data sharing and responsible data use.’
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CABI’s very own certified drone pilot takes flight to strengthen partnerships for precision crop pest control

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The sky’s the limit for Violet Ochieng, CABI’s very own KCAA-Certified drone pilot, who visited the UK from Kenya to help strengthen partnerships for greater use of drone technology for precision crop pest management. Ms Ochieng, Research Officer – Drone Technology, based at CABI’s regional centre for Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, met colleagues from the…
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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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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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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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CABI shares its expertise at ICT for Development (ICT4D) Conference

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CABI has shared its expertise in digital development for improved livelihoods and greater food security at the 12th Information Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) Conference held in Accra, Ghana.
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Can artificial intelligence really help solve global crop loss?

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Up to 40% of the world’s crops are currently lost to pests. There is an urgent need for evidence to help prioritise research into minimising these losses, writes Gaby Oliver, Project Assistant on the Global Burden of Crop Loss project.
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Helping communities adapt to the impacts of climate change

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To mark Earth Day on 22nd April, we’ve highlighted three of our stories on agriculture and climate change from the past year.   The world is witnessing growing incidents of the new “normal” caused by global warming. No longer regarded as a future challenge to be faced in the next few decades, climate disruption is…
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World Food Day: How can data science and modelling help smallholders adapt to climate change?

Data science and modelling are relatively new concepts when it comes to farming. For centuries, smallholders have carefully passed down agricultural skills from generation to generation. They depended on this knowledge. And stable seasons and weather meant this information remained relevant for years. 
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Stakeholders say Global Burden of Crop Loss would help direct future agricultural policy and practice

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Key stakeholders of the Global Burden of Crop Loss (GBCL) have said that the initiative would help direct future agricultural policy and practice, as it looks to bridge the gaps in data on crop losses that impact upon global food security. According to estimates compiled by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), we need to…
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