Plantwise honoured with International IPM Achievement Award

Plantwise award
The CABI-led Plantwise programme, which has helped millions of smallholder farmers realise a 12-30% increase in crop-based activity and income, has won the IPM Team/Group category at the 2021 International IPM Achievement Awards. Judges were impressed with the impact of the Plantwise programme – launched in 2011 – which has…
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Fighting the desert locust through emergency communication campaigns

Roosting Desert Locusts
The desert locust remains a key threat to food security across Eastern Africa unless mitigation measures are put in place to track and combat them. As part of an emergency response to the risk posed by this pest, CABI and partners joined efforts to develop actionable farmer-friendly desert locust content…
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Improving soybean production in Kenya using digital and extension approaches

In Kenya, soybean is a key crop in helping to improve livelihoods and nutrition. However, production only meets 10% of the market needs due to the effects of poor agricultural practices and pests and diseases. To address these issues, this project will provide a frontier system that integrates Earth Observation…
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New SciDev.Net Plus service offers members exclusive benefits

SciDev.Net Plus
SciDev.Net – the world’s leading source of reliable and authoritative news, views and analysis about science and technology for global development – is launching a new service offering members a range of exclusive benefits. Subscribers to SciDev.Net Plus will receive exclusive access to a monthly conference call with SciDev.Net’s coordinators…
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Control of fall armyworm in Eastern Africa

In Africa, the fall armyworm is a pest causing significant destruction and devastation to crops. It is estimated to cause 8-20 million tonnes of maize losses each year and due to little knowledge of the pest and ways of managing it, the impacts can be catastrophic. With partners, CABI developed an emergency response strategy that empowered local communities of six target countries to…
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PRISE pays dividends with farmers in Kenya heeding vital pest risk advice

Catherine Mloza Banda
Sixty percent of farmers who took part in a pilot SMS service run by Pest Risk Information Service (PRISE) and Precision Agriculture for Development (PAD) in Kenya have heeded vital pest risk advice to help protect their crops from devasting insects such as the Fall armyworm (FAW) which is already…
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