Plantwise on show at Afghan Annual AgFair

Factsheets and other plant doctor equipment displayed at the Plantwise booth
Factsheets and other plant doctor equipment displayed at the Plantwise booth © CABI

by Muhammad Faheem, Country Coordinator ( and Zakria Faizi, CABI Associate, Afghanistan (

The annual AgFair exhibition was held from 21st to 23rd March in Badam Bagh, Kabul, Afghanistan, organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL). The participants were from the government, non-governmental, private sector and farmer organizations.

In this exhibition the Government, NGOs, Simi Governmental and Private companies put their agriculture produce, equipment, new ideas and advanced practices for good agricultural practices (GAP), plant protection, animal husbandry, food preservation, phytosanitary  standards and market access. People from different entities, farmers, public and other foreign visitors came to this exhibition to make it one of the most important places for agricultural commerce.

The Plantwise plant clinic model was presented at our booth displaying plant diagnostic kit, prescription sheets, banners, factsheets, photosheets and pest management decision guides (PMDGs). Printed factsheets were the most attractive material that people were keen to take home. Two trained plant doctors were present at the model clinic, where they briefed the audience and provided on-the-spot advice to farmers. Moreover CABI’s other activities such as bio-control lab products, different projects and themes were put on show for public awareness. Continue reading

Plantwise Afghanistan and the Knowledge Bank join Global Food Security Conference in the Netherlands

Contributed with Julia Dennis

This month, academics, researchers, government agencies, NGOs and corporations convened in the Netherlands to talk about the future of food. The question of how we will feed 9 billion people by 2050 was the major issue on the table, but much of the discussion also called for a careful focus on the imbalance occurring today between the nearly 2 billion undernourished and 1.5 billion over-nourished people on the planet.

Radio interview with Shaun Hobbs
Knowledge Bank Global Director Shaun Hobbs interviewed on Deustche Welle

The First International Conference on Global Food Security, hosted by the University of Wageningen, brought over 800 experts together for oral and poster presentations, in addition to key-note addresses and panel debates on all variety of topics pertaining to food security. The large turnout and eagerness of individuals in attendance demonstrated that the time is right to exchange knowledge from across disciplines. More to the point, with the evolution from the Millienium Development Goals to objectives of sustainable development set to take over in 2015, there is an urgent need for research to inform policy for future action.
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Plan for the Launch of Plant Clinics in Baghlan Province

CABI country coordinator briefed Plantwise program to the Dean of Agriculture Faculty, Baghlan University, Afghanistan
CABI country coordinator briefed Plantwise program to the Dean of Agriculture Faculty, Baghlan University, Afghanistan

Muhammad Faheem, CABI Country coordinator for Plantwise Afghanistan travelled to Baghlan province north of Kabul, which has great agriculture potential. Six plant doctors, belonging to Plantwise partners DAIL, AKF and Baghlan University were recently trained in how to become plant doctors. Introductory meetings Between Plantwise and implementing partners were held to set up the future plan of operation for three plant clinics in the area. Continue reading

Pilot Plant Clinic in place at Kabul, Afghanistan

Pilot plant clinic in Kabul, Afghanistan
Farmers gather at a pilot plant clinic in Kabul, Afghanistan © CABI

After six days long training of 33 Plant Doctors of Module 1 & 2 at Kabul, Afghanistan, three pilot clinics were set up in the market of Qarabagh district of Kabul Province. Continue reading