MARA-CABI Joint Laboratory: 12 years of achievement
Published: April, 2021
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) -CABI Joint Laboratory for Bio-safety (hereinafter “Joint Lab”) was launched in 2008. Since its establishment, the Joint Lab has successfully led and/or implemented 32 international cooperation projects on research and technology transfer in the broad plant protection area. More than 80 Chinese and overseas organizations have participated in these projects, with a total funding of approximately US$ 33 million. After 12-years of operation, the Joint Lab is now widely regarded as one of the top platforms of its type within the Chinese agricultural research and development community. MARA-CABI Joint Laboratory: 12 years of achievement.
An impact study was conducted, using qualitative approaches, to review stakeholders’ needs and priorities on functions and key collaboration areas, to assess the output efficiency through an input-output analysis, and to evaluate social and ecological benefits of the Joint Lab. The study provides lessons and recommendations for further development of the Joint Lab, which will be beneficial for similar collaborations between CABI and other member countries as well.
Pests and diseases cause significant losses of crops around the world and are a significant threat to food security. In China and Laos, locusts affect over two million hectares of agricultural land and recently, the fall armyworm is becoming prevalent in China and Southeast Asia, already affecting 35,000 hectares of maize in Laos. Due to a lack of detailed information on where risks to crops are greatest and farmers using inappropriate and ineffective control measures, managing the damage from pests can be problematic.
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