Striving for Organic Agriculture Policy and Non-GMO Seed Multiplication in Pakistan

Women pick cotton on a farm during a harvest at the Farm Naimatullah Laghari, Sinjhoro, Sanghar, Sindh, Pakistan.
Around 25 million agricultural workers in developing countries suffer from pesticide poisoning each year – including a significant number of women, says the World Health Organization (WHO). The presence of pesticides in food items and their accumulation in tissues has direct toxic effects on humans and other non-target organisms. There are serious ecological and environmental…
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Cotton farmer reveals the benefits of sustainable pest management strategies in Pakistan

Cotton farmer Safina Gill
A cotton farmer from Pakistan has revealed how support from CABI, as part of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), is helping her implement more sustainable pest management strategies to protect her crops and produce higher and more profitable yields.
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How African Indigenous Vegetables production in Uganda revealed empowered women but struggles in the private sector

Women farmers tending to their crops in Uganda
African Indigenous Vegetables (AIVs) are a good source of essential vitamins and minerals including micro-nutrients, supplementary protein, fibre, and calories. However, despite their nutritional value, these vegetables have not been a high priority in food programmes. As a result, adequate resources have historically not been allocated to promote their production and consumption. This compounds the…
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Village-based film screenings prove a popular way to reach and inform farming families in Northern Ghana

Duncan Sones, from the CABI GALA communications team, reflects on the first two years of the soybean campaign in Northern Ghana. In the last two years, there have been 346 village-based film screenings of films made by CABI to show farmers how to grow soybean. Take into account the use of Facebook for a music-based…
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Finding the farmers of the future: Encouraging youth engagement in agriculture

Special International Youth Day report by Rebecca Quarterman The number of young people involved in agricultural work in East Africa is significantly dwindling in an age of celebrity, quick income and the ‘side hustle’.  Quite simply, the future of farming rests in the hands of the youth of today and tomorrow – otherwise agriculture’s vital…
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Engendering a more profitable cotton industry for Pakistan through female empowerment

CABI is helping to engender a more productive and profitable cotton industry for Pakistan through the training of more than 57,000 farmers and farm workers – including these women picture above – as part of the Better Cotton Initiative. The Pak Mission Society teamed up with CABI in the Tehsil Khipro, District Sanghar of Sindh…
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Taking action on invasives and youth unemployment in Zambia

Youth unemployment is a significant economic and social burden for Zambia. So too is the impact of invasive species on agricultural production and the natural environment. Are these mutually exclusive challenges, or can youth unemployment and tackling agricultural challenges, such as invasive species, be effectively positioned together to deliver jobs, food security and sustainable agriculture?…
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Watch key moments from the Gender Equality in Tourism Symposium

This post was originally published by Equality in Tourism, find the original article here. Great news! If you missed our symposium in September last year, you can now watch the recordings. We’ve got plenty for you to choose from.
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‘Switching’ onto ICT approaches to gender in extension services

Duncan Sones, of the Africa Soil Health Consortium (ASHC) delivery team, looks back on six years of concept and project development that could unlock changes in farmer’s ability to effectively access improved technologies… I don’t know about you but when I hear about something for the first time, I rarely take in all the nuanced…
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Sentimentality stifling youths’ agricultural future

I know from personal experience it’s difficult for parents to let go of things they’ve cherished for years – for my dad, it’s broken antique chairs that he insists he’ll fix when he ‘has a spare moment’… i.e. never. ‘What’s the link between clutching on to family objects and youth engagement in agriculture,’ I hear…
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