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Improving lives by solving problems in agriculture and the environment

CABI–SciDev.Net merger creates stronger organisation for sustainable development

In 2017, CABI and SciDev.Net – the world’s leading source of reliable and authoritative news, views and analysis about science and technology for global development – merged, creating a stronger and more diverse combined organisation to help boost both organisations’ shared missions of improving lives around the world.

Reaching 100 million readers every year, with the assistance of core funding from SIDA, SciDev.Net produces news and feature articles, opinion pieces, multimedia packages and data visualisations in English, French, Arabic and Spanish. Its specialist journalists, based in hubs in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia, generate articles shared by over 460 outlets.

CABI is an international not-for-profit organisation that improves people’s lives worldwide by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment. Aligning its strategy with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), one of CABI’s priorities is putting scientific knowledge into people’s hands, which the merger with SciDev.Net helps it to achieve.

Already, the merger is leading to innovations in the way research is published and shared, contributing to better development communications and extension.

In collaboration with the Bosch Stiftung Foundation, SciDev.Net is creating a science communication training facility to help journalists access research and help researchers communicate science.

With support from The Rockefeller Foundation, SciDev.Net is helping to enhance the discussion about science and development through thematic residency programming at The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center.

And recently, SciDev.Net received an award from the Egyptian Government for helping to found and support Egyptian Science Week.

“We are delighted to have joined with SciDev.Net, and at the smooth merging of our two organisations. It will help further boost our shared track records of impact in providing information, advice and expertise to improve sustainable development.”  – Dr Trevor Nicholls, CEO, CABI


Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)

São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP)

Robert Bosch Stiftung

The Rockefeller Foundation

Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI)

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation