By helping farmers improve the quality and safety of what they grow, process and sell, CABI helps create sustainable value chains and breaks down barriers to trade
With global population growing fast, and food demand expected to double by 2050, creating sustainable food value chains and breaking down the barriers to trade has never been more important.
While small-scale farmers in developing countries produce most of the world’s food, they often face hurdles accessing information and technologies to supply lucrative local, national and global markets. Young people in particular can benefit from new opportunities in agricultural trade.
By combining our expertise in value chains and trade with our knowledge of crop health, development communication, digital development, invasive species, and publishing, we have helped private and public sector partners improve market access.
We have successfully increased value chain efficiency and helped people working in the food supply chain improve their safety compliance for the benefit of consumers by sharing information, skills and technologies. We help farmers meet Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) standards, so that they can protect their produce from contaminants such as diseases and pests and export to markets.
Our knowledge of crop production and processes has helped smallholders produce better harvests and yields, and our expertise in invasive species and pest management has helped strengthen countries’ plant biosecurity.
By working with our donors and partners, we help poor and vulnerable rural communities produce food safely and sustainably, connecting them into value chains and boosting their livelihoods.
Our value chain and trade expertise in more detail
Horticulture is an important source of income for many farmers. We help smallholders access value chains by building their knowledge of integrated crop management.
Palm trees produce a variety of commercial products including coconut oil and dates. We help farmers address the specific issues associated with growing palm trees and access export markets.
Tree crops, such as cocoa, produce a variety of commercial products. We help farmers address the specific issues associated with growing tree crops and access export markets.
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Trade in mango, avocado, papaya and citrus within the East African Community region, the European Union and China at import and export levels have been rising. However, meeting the increasing demand is being affected by a number of crop pests and diseases. In East Africa, scale insects – mealybug pests such as Papaya mealybug and fruit tree mealybug – are impacting cultivation and yields. To tackle these pests and increase trade, CABI is working with partners to increase compliance with sanitary and phytosanitary requirements through improved surveillance and management of scale insect pests in East Africa.