Our favourite recipes – India

Baingan Bharta
Photo credit: http://www.sanjeevkapoor.com

As part of our new mini-series, “Our favourite recipes”, here is the next delicious recipe for you to try from India. Baingan Bharta (Roasted mashed brinjals cooked with onions, tomatoes, green chillies and ginger) is one of the most popular dishes in India. Brinjal (aubergine/eggplant) is an important ingredient of the recipe.

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Plant Doctor wins best Agricultural Extension Agent award in Ghana

Contributed by Solomon Duah, CABI Ghana

Paul Gyedu, a plant doctor working with the Plantwise program in Ghana, has been awarded the Ashanti region Agricultural Extension Agent (AEA) of the Year Award. Paul works for the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and combines his work as an extension agent with plant clinic operations in the Bekwai Municipality of the Ashanti Region. His experience and plant doctor training played a crucial part in being selected as the best AEA from among over 400 candidates in the region at the 2016 National Farmers’ Day awards ceremony, held on 04 November.

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Our favourite recipes – Sri Lanka

Pol sambola © Rapa123 via Wikimedia Commons
Pol sambola © Rapa123 via Wikimedia Commons

As part of our new mini-series, “Our favourite recipes”, here is the next delicious recipe for you to try. Coconut Sambal (Pol Sambola) is a staple dish in Sri Lanka. It is essentially a relish or salad which adds vibrancy to meals of rice and curry. Coconut is one of the main agricultural crops in Sri Lanka. Most curries are made with coconut cream and grated coconut is used in a variety of stir fries and raw vegetable salads.

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International students graduate with Masters degree in crop management

The MAS ICM Class of 2016

A graduation ceremony took place on 17 November 2016, in Interlaken, Switzerland, to mark the successful completion of the 2016 Masters of Advanced Studies in Integrated Crop Management (MAS ICM) programme. The 12 agricultural professionals who participated in this year’s programme have gained valuable knowledge in sustainable crop management to apply back home and to help address important issues like food security.

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Plant clinic established in Cambodia Climate-Smart Village to address crop pests

By Fiona Emdin. Reblogged from the CGIAR CCFAS blog.

A plant health advisor advises a farmer on how to treat pests affecting her crop at the plant clinic. Plant clinics will help promote integrated pest management practices in the village. Photo: F. Emdin (WorldFish)

Different doctors treat different types of diseases. When the villagers of Rohal Suong in Cambodia feel sick, they can consult a doctor. Now when their crops are sick, they can also go to another doctor, a plant health advisor, who can provide information on the best methods to treat crop pests and diseases.

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Update: New Pest & Disease Records (17 Nov 16)

Dioclea violacea Mart. ex Benth © Alex Popovkin via Wikimedia Commons

We’ve selected a few of the latest new geographic, host and species records for plant pests and diseases from CAB Abstracts. Records this fortnight include a report on new species of aphids of the Macrosiphini tribe from Kazakhstan, the first report of Caryedes brasiliensis preying on seeds of Dioclea violacea in Brazil and the first report of Peltophorus adustus in Mexico, with two new host associations.

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Afghan Chief Executive praises Plantwise at agricultural fair

Contributed by Muhammad Faheem and Zakria Faizi, CABI Afghanistan

CABI exhibited its Plantwise plant clinic activities in Afghanistan at the Kabul International AgFair, held at Badam Bagh Kabul on 19-21 October. On display were materials regularly used at plant clinics throughout Afghanistan, including photo sheets, factsheets, PMDGs, and prescription forms. CABI representatives also demonstrated tool kits used in the nationwide Insect Pest and Plant Diseases (IPPD) Survey, which is being led by CABI. To underline our close partnership with our implementing partners in Afghanistan, the booth was directly next to the Ministry of Agriculture’s Plant Protection and Quarantine Department (PPQD) booth.

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