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Improving lives by solving problems in agriculture and the environment


Today, 795 million people go hungry. By 2050, we will need to find food for an estimated 2 billion additional people. With 80% of food consumed in developing regions grown by small-scale farmers, we must find a sustainable food system that works for smallholders.

Achieving zero hunger presents an enormous challenge at both the individual and global levels. With food demand expected to grow by more than 70% by 2050, but with food production not set to keep pace, how do we feed the world?

Investing in the world’s 500 million smallholders in developing countries is vital for increasing food and nutritional security while supplying local and global food markets.

To end hunger, major challenges that must be overcome include the control of crop pests – responsible for up to 40% of crop losses – and raising awareness of agricultural best practice and nutritional information.


Tackling food security at all levels

CABI addresses food security by supporting smallholder farmers and improving their crop yields, tackling pests and diseases, and finding alternatives to pesticides. We improve access to better seeds and planting materials, and encourage efficient and effective use of organic fertilisers, combined with good agricultural practices.

In 2017, the GSMA mNutrition initiative concluded, delivering over 12,000 messages about agriculture and nutrition by mobile phone to poor people in 12 countries in Africa and Asia.

Over the page, read how CABI is helping to identify and tackle crops pests – like fall armyworm and Tuta absoluta – that are destroying Africa’s staple crops.

Here are a couple of our publications that relate to SDG2 and food security:


 Book - Climate Change and Crop ProductionBook - Building Agricultural Extension Capacity in Post-Conflict Settings



CABI's work and impact on SDG2