Supporting the implementation of the Plant Health Strategy for Africa

Robust plant health systems and reduced pest and disease risks contribute to better livelihoods, food security, increased trade, and the protection of biodiversity in Africa. However, challenges faced by the Inter-African Phytosanitary Council of the African Union (AU-IAPSC) prevent them from fulfilling these. Challenges include the absence of clear national…
Read Further

CABI and IDH sign MoU to explore collaboration on strengthening food value chains

Tea production in South India
CABI and IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative have signed an MoU to explore opportunities to collaborate in strengthening food value chain for smallholder farmers within the IDH Landscapes programs with an initial focus in India and Southern Chad. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the two parties…
Read Further

Establishing a digital plant health service in Malawi

Pests and diseases contribute to 40% of food loss leading to food insecurity. Synthetic pesticides are the predominant control method but these are associated with negative environmental and health concerns. The extensive use of chemicals has sparked a renewed interest in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) – an effective combination of…
Read Further

Managing the pathogens threatening St Helena’s biodiversity and food security

Black cabbage trees
St Helena’s endemic trees and insects are under threat, possibly due to introduced pathogens or changes to the range of endemic pathogens due to climate change. This project will survey and identify pathogens associated with tree death (including nursery-raised stock), and insect populations. Additionally, crop diseases will be surveyed and…
Read Further

Strengthening food security systems in Pakistan

Thirty-seven percent of Pakistan's population is already vulnerable to food insecurity. This figure will soon exacerbate given the effect of recent external challenges including the rapid spread of Covid-19 and its subsequent Government restrictions, and Pakistan’s largest locust infestation in 25 years devasting large areas of agricultural land, including cotton,…
Read Further

Building the policy ecosystem for organic production in Balochistan, Pakistan

Sectoral approaches to land management (increasing production, for instance) are no longer viable to meet global challenges such as poverty alleviation, biodiversity conservation and food production due to mounting pressures from population increases and climate change. Organic production, however, is a more profitable, sustainable and environmentally-friendly approach to agriculture that…
Read Further