CABI’s GRASP Fellowship awardee working in partnership to help increase food safety in Uganda’s urban markets

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Dr Monica Kansiime, who was awarded a Gender Responsive Agriculture Systems Policy (GRASP) Fellowship aimed at improving policy process in agri-food systems, is working in partnership to help increase food safety in Uganda‚Äôs urban fresh fruits and vegetable markets. Nutrient-dense vegetables complement staple-based diets, providing both food and nutrition security. However, food safety problems linked…
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Enabling smallholder farmers’ easy access to agro-inputs: A CABI success story in Luweero District, Uganda

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Brian Semata is a young smallholder farmer in Uganda. He is a married man with one child who has been working with CABI, as part of its project with the Zirobwe Agaliawamu Agri-business Training Association (ZAABTA), to help other smallholder farmers have greater access to agro-inputs.
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CABI and USDA hold workshop in Uganda to promote electronic phytosanitary certificate among AU Member States

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CABI has teamed up with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Inter-African Phytosanitary Council of the African Union (AU-IAPSC) and the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat, to hold a workshop in Entebbe-Uganda to promote the Electronic phytosanitary certificate (ePhyto) among African Union‚Äôs (AU) 55 Member States. The IPPC ePhyto solution aims at…
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Review highlights Uganda’s neglected crops and climate change challenges

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A new CABI-led review has been published which highlights the importance of restoring Uganda’s neglected crops to market as well as the need for increased crop diversification amid food security issues exacerbated by the risks of climate change.
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Tackling pests to boost Uganda’s blossoming trade in floriculture

Breaking down the barriers to international trade has never been more important. Flowers are a profitable form of income for many low- and middle-income countries. However, small-scale growers in places like Uganda face hurdles accessing the kind of information and technologies needed to improve the standard of produce to supply lucrative global markets like the…
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Effective extension is key to communicating the benefits of better agricultural production practices

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As part of UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we turn the focus on CABI‚Äôs own female scientists to highlight the invaluable work they contribute towards our mission of helping smallholder farmers grow more and lose less to crop pests and diseases. Here we find out more about Christine Alokit who takes…
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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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How African Indigenous Vegetables production in Uganda revealed empowered women but struggles in the private sector

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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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Nodding syndrome raises its head

In a previous blog, Mystery disease outbreak in Ethiopia solved, I mentioned in passing Nodding Syndrome (NS), a neglected condition that is epidemiologically associated with onchocerciasis and affects children 5-15 years old.  The syndrome causes epileptic seizures where the afflicted suffer from involuntary head nodding, usually triggered by food or cold. They end up severely…
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Mystery disease in Ethiopia solved: linked to weed toxin

Imagine this‚Ķ A mysterious disease terrorising your community, not infectious but spreading nonetheless, and killing your relatives and neighbours. All you want to do is pack your bags and flee. Worse, when your plight comes to the attention of the health authorities, they are stumped and its not going to be easy or quick to…
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