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Improving lives by solving problems in agriculture and the environment


Environmental degradation of farmland will increasingly threaten our ability to meet the global population’s food and nutritional needs. To grow more from the same or less land, we must give smallholders the knowledge they need to easily introduce higher-yielding and environmentally responsible food production techniques. This is difficult to achieve in rural communities, particularly in developing regions, where agricultural knowledge is not always accessible.

Pesticides are the commonly used solution for tackling plant pests and maximising yields, even though these chemicals are often expensive and detrimental to the environment and human health.


Growing more and losing less in a sustainable way

Stimulating sustainable production is fundamental to CABI’s work. Our integrated crop management programme is a key part of delivering a crop management system less dependent on harmful pesticides. By working directly with farmers to provide them with simple scientific know-how, they can reduce their reliance on chemicals. And by using modern communication technologies and embracing the mobile revolution, we can rapidly reach more farmers with practical farming know-how.

In 2017, after four years of dedicated work by scientists in 13 African countries, the Fertilizer Optimization Tools (FOTs) were launched to help farmers maximise their profits from investments in fertilizers.

Here are a couple of our publications that relate to SDG12 and sustainable production:


 Book - Indigenous KnowledgeBook - Global Urban Agriculture



CABI's work and impact on SDG12