Field trials of biocontrol product are paving way for aflatoxins control in Pakistan

Aflotoxin sampling
By Dr Sabyan Faris Honey, CABI, and Deborah Hamilton, USDA CABI as lead implementing partner along with its technical partner, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) is working on a public-private partnership program led by U.S. company, Ingredion and its Pakistani subsidiary, Rafhan Maize to protect health and nutrition of Pakistan‚Äôs citizens by keeping food supply…
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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 ‚Äėside hustle‚Äô.¬† Quite simply, the future of farming rests in the hands of the youth of today and tomorrow ‚Äď otherwise agriculture‚Äôs vital…
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Photo focus on fighting invasive plants on Socotra Natural World Heritage site

In this photo special we turn the spotlight on members of the community in the Socotra Archipelago, Yemen – including Bushera Ahmed Abdulla pictured above –¬†who are working together with invasive species experts from CABI to help rid the region of devastating¬†Invasive Alien¬†Species (IAS)¬†including common pest pear Opuntia stricta and prosopis. Dr Arne Witt, CABI‚Äôs…
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‘Sowing the seeds’ for better cotton crops: a farmer case study

Cotton is Pakistan’s largest industrial sector and is a principle cash crop to millions of smallholder farmers who rely upon it to earn their livelihoods. However, per acre yield and the profitability of the crop is dependent upon the quality of the sown seed as part of the principles of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and…
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‘Cracking the code’ of woody weed spread with machine-learnt algorithms

A scientific tool which has its principles in early ‚Äėcomputers‚Äô such as the German WW2 Enigma machine ‚Äď used to convey secret commercial, diplomatic and military communication ‚Äď is helping to map the fractional cover of the woody weed Prosopis juliflora across the Afar Region of Ethiopia. PhD Candidate Hailu Shiferaw from Addis Ababa University,…
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Cabbage stem flea beetle and aphids are the curse of every farmer, but CABI and CHAP may have a solution

  By 2050 there could be as many as 10 billion mouths to feed across the world. This is now a much-repeated fact, as is the growing demand for sustainable produce with reduced chemical inputs and environmental impact. In short, there is a need to produce more and more food, with fewer and fewer inputs…
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Fertilizer Optimization Tool helps return son to teacher training school

By Monica Kansiime, Scientist Seed Systems, based at CABI in Nairobi, Kenya In a previous blog post I outlined how the Fertilizer Optimization Tool (FOT) is paying dividends for farmers – helping them, in some cases, to report a seven-fold increase in their yields. Charles Wafula¬†is a farmer and resident of Buhehe in Uganda who…
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Fertilizer Optimization Tool pays dividends for farmers in Uganda

By Dr Monica Kansiime, Scientist Seed Systems, based at CABI in Nairobi, Kenya A¬†decision support tool that allows an extension agent to take into account a number of the farmers‚Äô circumstances and investment goals to maximize the benefits of fertilizer use on their farms is starting to pay dividends in Molo Sub-County in¬†Uganda – with…
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Navigating ABS measures is ‘work in progress’

In this guest blog special, Dan Leskien, Senior Liaison Officer at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), considers how much work still needs to be done to implement Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) measures in respect of genetic resources… I wish to commend CABI for its initiative to prepare and implement…
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