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CABI first established a centre in India in 1948. Ever since, the centre has been implementing programmes and working with partners to help improve the lives of people and communities in the region.


South Asia is agriculture-oriented – more than 50% of the population is engaged in agriculture as its primary occupation. The region produces some key food security crops, and is responsible for feeding a significant proportion of the world.

CABI’s centre in India works to improve the lives of local people and communities in the region, through a variety of methods. It helps smallholder farmers to improve the quality and quantity of their crops, enabling them to achieve better prices, and works to increase opportunities for trade. It also provides training and access to knowledge for farmers that will help them to improve crop quality whilst safeguarding the environment.

Specific programmes include the regional implementation of CABI’s global Plantwise initiative, which aims to help farmers lose fewer crops to pests and diseases, and thus increase their yields.  The use of safe biological controls is encouraged, and trained extension workers hold free advisory plant clinics for farmers in the local area.

The centre collaborates with a number of public, private and governmental bodies across the region, to enable the effective and efficient implementation of programmes, and to enable impact to be studied. Work so far has yielded tangible economic and social benefits for the local communities, as well as the environment.

Future aims include the establishment of a sustainable CABI presence in each country of the region, and attracting sustainable investment funding for the centre’s various agriculture and environment initiatives.

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Gopi Ramasamy

Regional Director, South Asia

CABI, 2nd Floor, CG Block, NASC Complex, DP Shastri Marg, New Delhi - 110012, India

T: +91 9810112952


CABI - India

2nd Floor, CG Block, NASC Complex, DP Shastri Marg, Opp. Todapur Village, PUSA, New Delhi - 110012, India

T: +91 (0) 11 2584 1906

Centre staff

Akanksha Nagpal

Project Coordinator South Asia

Kritika Khanna

Business Development and Communications Officer

Malvika Chaudhary

Regional Coordinator Asia for Plantwise

Ankit Singhal

Dev-ops Engineer

Tirumal Rao

Regional Sales Manager, South Asia

Gopi Ramasamy

Regional Director, South Asia

Manju Thakur

Knowledge bank Coordinator

Arun Jadhav

Manager – Digital Development

Vinod Pandit

Programme Leader, Development Communications and Extension

Centre News & Blogs

Plantwise Blog

Pesticides in tea: How can we manage tea pests more naturally, avoiding harmful pesticides?

19th May 2023
Plantwise Blog

Taro caterpillar outbreak in central India

13th March 2023

CABI showcases its expertise in open data at first annual Public Policy Dialogues Conference in India

31st January 2023

CABI partnership equips cotton growers to mass produce eco-friendly bioprotection products

12th January 2023


CABI News Bulletin Asia - Issue 8

October - December 2022

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CABI News Bulletin Asia - Issue 7

July - September 2022

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CABI News Bulletin Asia - Issue 5 & 6

January - June 2022

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CABI News Bulletin Asia - Issue 4

September - December 2021

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CABI News Bulletin Asia - Issue 2 & 3

April - August 2021

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CABI News Bulletin Asia - Issue 1

January - March 2021

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Related projects

CABI Project
Seeing is Believing – empowering farmers with smartphone imaging

Many farmers in the northern Indian states of Haryana and Punjab still rely on inefficient agricultural practices that are ill adapted to climate change. Data can help them. Customised advice, based on localised weather and soil data, pests and diseases, as well as input availability, can improve management practices, productivity and profitability. In this project, farmers will provide images taken from their smartphones to strengthen this advice and help farmers make timely decisions.

Start:01/10/17 -End:31/12/20