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Managing crops

Managing crops

Developing countries constantly aim to increase crop production to feed their populations and to improve livelihoods through regional and global trade.

Farmers can only achieve this by constantly adapting their crop management practices in response to climate change, new pest and disease threats, consumer concerns regarding food safety and environmentally sustainable production. This is where CABI’s expertise comes in.


Our integrated crop management experts support farmers to grow more and lose less. We are reducing in-field and post-harvest losses for a number of crops. By introducing new crop production technologies, training and building local and national capacity and improving access to knowledge and information to support crop management we are seeing crop productivity rise in a number of ways.

Recent projects have established pest surveillance systems, developed novel biocontrol techniques, improved coffee farmers' resilience to climate change, helped improve input-use efficiency and enabled farmers to competitively participate in markets. We have also conserved improved crop varieties and helped distribute them via smallholder seed supply chains.

Martin the Plant Doctor

Read about the work we have been doing through Plantwise to improve food security through better plant health around the world.

Producing fruit crops through innovative and market-orientated IPM in Vietnam

The project focuses on the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) of four key economically important crops: dragon fruit, mango, longan and lichi for export to markets in the USA. It addresses the important production-limiting pests and diseases and their management. Specifically, practises based on ecologically sound IPM strategies and the use of a... >>

Phytosanitary Risk Management Programme in Pakistan

Tackling agricultural pests in Pakistan in a safe and sustainable way will save crop losses and benefit Pakistan’s exports. We are strengthening the capacity of Pakistan’s systems to implement biocontrol programmes for agricultural pests that cause huge problems. We will also lessen the impact of post-harvest pests and aflatoxins, and improve the... >>

Improved management strategies for cocoa in Papua New Guinea

Cocoa is a highly important export in Papua New Guinea, 80% of which comes from smallholders dependent on it for their livelihoods. But, production is threatened by the cocoa pod borer. Tricky to control, it is now one of the most serious threats to the global cocoa industry. We are developing effective ways to detect and predict infestations such... >>


Completely updated with new content and full-colour figures throughout, the second edition of this successful book continues to provide complete coverage relating to the production of cucurbits, including cucumbers, gourds, muskmelons, pumpkins, squa...

The Physiology of Vegetable Crops

Completely updated and revised, this bestselling book continues to explain the growth and developmental processes involved in the formation of vegetables. Since the publication of the successful first edition significant discoveries, particularly in ...

Tropical Root and Tuber Crops: Cassava, sweet potato, yams and aroids

Root and tuber crops are important to agriculture, food security and income for 2.2 billion people in developing countries. These species produce large quantities of dietary energy and have stable yields under difficult environmental conditions. Thi...