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Improving lives by solving problems in agriculture and the environment

Improving lives through better trade

Improving lives through better trade

More efficient, more profitable agricultural trade for developing countries

Demand for commodities such as cocoa, coffee and tea may outstrip supply as soon as 2020 unless we improve crop production and reduce wastage. By better integrating the world’s smallholder farmers into supply chains, a shortfall can be avoided. CABI builds expertise and capacity along supply chains to increase food security and food safety, and improve prosperity for all.

Harnessing the power of agricultural trade is a highly effective way to secure a supply of safe, high quality produce for the future. Trade is an engine for economic growth in producing countries, helping to alleviate poverty by improving farmers’ livelihoods.

However, developing countries that attempt to engage in world trade face many barriers. Pests and diseases can destroy crops in farmers’ fields, or post-harvest losses can occur due to inadequate storage conditions. Poor production and processing techniques can result in food that fails to comply with SPS (sanitary and phytosanitary) standards so export to lucrative markets is barred.

CABI is a knowledge organization, so we apply knowledge solutions. We introduce and facilitate sustainable best agricultural practices, and provide information at every level in the supply chain. We advise governments on quarantine issues, and help farmers to understand the needs of global markets.

We also build capacity to allow knowledge to be translated into sustainable, practical actions, through skills based training and improving links between producers, processors, manufacturers and retailers.

The work we do enables:

Smallholder farmers and producer groups to increase their incomes, by growing better quality crops and accessing markets to trade their products.

Manufacturers and retailers to secure a reliable supply of quality assured, sustainable produce, cut costs by reducing waste, and protect their brand by providing safe, affordable food.

National economies to grow, as exporting countries develop their trade potential.

Governments to meet their objectives in economic performance, employment and livelihoods.

Consumers to buy better quality, safer food that offers good value.

Our trade and market access activities are focused in three key areas:

Biosecurity and SPS (sanitary and phytosanitary)
Supply chain support
Crop management

Our trade brochure tells you more about our work.

Trade brochure cover


See some of our trade videos


Phytosanitary system development for the vegetable sector in Ghana

Ghana’s vegetable sector has the potential to create 20,000 skilled jobs, and increase exports to the EU. But exports are hampered by quarantine pests. This project aims to improve the current system and develop a new organic supply chain by establishing an effective phytosanitary system, facilitating strategic alliances between importers and... >>

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... >>

Breaking barriers, facilitating trade

Intra-regional trade is key in promoting economic development and improving food security within East and southern Africa. However, due to higher costs, many countries here are trading more with distant countries. We want to change this and increase the trade in agrifood products within the region. The CABI team will be working with COMESA to... >>

Australia-Africa plant biosecurity partnership

Agricultural trade is a powerful engine for economic growth, poverty alleviation and food security but diseases are impacting it. Countries are therefore looking for ways of making agricultural trade secure. This initiative aims to facilitate trade by addressing plant pest and disease problems that hinder agricultural exports and threaten food... >>

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... >>

PRISE: a Pest Risk Information SErvice

Pests can decimate crops and are estimated to cause around a 40% loss. These insects, mites and plant pathogens can impact on food security and impede supply chains and international trade. A Pest Risk Information SErvice (PRISE) aims to solve this problem by using data to help farmers manage pests in up to five countries in sub-Saharan Africa. >>

Establishing a centre for crop health and protection in the UK

Breakthroughs in science and technology are helping overcome global food production challenges and changing the worlds’ agriculture. A new Centre for Applied Crop Science is ensuring the UK has the necessary capital needed to deliver a cutting edge platform to support agriculture in the UK and beyond. CABI is the lead partner in three main work... >>