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Improving lives by solving problems in agriculture and the environment

Providing access to knowledge

Providing access to knowledge

Too often the results of important agricultural research fail to reach those people that could benefit; so despite advances made by researchers, transferring relevant and timely agricultural knowledge to farmers and the food supply chain, has tended to lag behind, despite the potential benefits. Getting the right information and knowledge when you need it, is a challenge. That’s where we can help. We work to make scientific and agricultural information flow, giving users access to accurate, timely and relevant knowledge.

This way thousands, or even millions, of farmers and extension workers in remote and rural areas benefit and are able to deal with the challenges of a changing climate, market trends or regulation.

Our expert staff exploit the latest technologies allowing us to work globally and accessing hard to reach communities. We work closely with user groups to optimize reach and impact, and identify both their knowledge management needs and appropriate communication channels. And, because we are international, our in-country teams provide local insight and connections to science and policy–level decision makers.

Capturing, repurposing and transfering knowledge 

We systematically capture, repurpose and transfer knowledge to and from farmers, extension workers, researchers, policy makers and governments to help address food security and alleviate poverty.

We exploit the latest technologies to make information quick and easy to access. Our information is quality assured, has a full metadata record, uses Dublin Core principles and a controlled vocabulary.

We are leading on the open access agenda for our publicly funded research and were a founding supporter of the Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development (CIARD) initiative. 

We also offer a number of Knowledge Management Services  

MIRRI: improving access to microbial resources, services and data

Microorganisms are vital natural resources for biotechnology; they help advance human health, improve food security and provide innovative solutions to research and development. The European microbial landscape is fragmented and resources or data are hard to find. The Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure (MIRRI) is resolving this;... >>

mNutrition: Addressing hidden hunger through mobile messaging

One in three people in the developing world suffer from ‘hidden hunger’, or micronutrient deficiency, due to a lack of information on proper nutrition. This is a major cause of illness, poor growth, reduced productivity and impaired cognitive development. To help combat the problem, CABI and its partners in the DFID mNutrition initiative are... >>

GODAN: Making agriculture and nutrition data open and searchable

Open data – data that is freely available and machine-readable for everyone to use – is a vital resource for improving global food security and human health. The Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) programme has been set up to take pioneering agriculture and nutrition research information and make it openly accessible – together... >>

Asian Citrus Psyllid: Biology, Ecology and Management of the Huanglongbing Vector

Asian citrus psyllid (ACP), Diaphorina citri, is an insect pest which transmits a bacterium, Candidatus liberibacter asiaticus (Clas) through newly emergent foliage of citrus trees. This causes a disease known as Huanglongbing (HLB), which has beco...

Organic Food Systems: Meeting the Needs of Southern Africa

Organic agriculture world-wide allows farmers to produce healthy food with low levels of external inputs, and often shortens the value chains, giving farmers a higher share of the consumer dollar. This book reports on long-term comparative organic fa...

The Economics of Integrated Pest Management of Insects

Many biological studies on insect management do not consider economics or fundamental economic principles. This book brings together economists and entomologists to explain the principles, successes, and challenges of effective insect management. It ...