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Plantwise coming to Milan Expo 2015

Over 500 million smallholder farmers worldwide provide food for two-thirds of the earth’s growing population. These farmers, and the major challenges they face due to crop health problems, will be the focus of a new interactive exhibit to be launched by the CABI-led Plantwise programme at the Swiss Pavilion during Expo Milano 2015. The universal…
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Counting down to the 10th Session of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures

Contributed by Melanie Bateman, CABI Switzerland The 10th session of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures is fast approaching (16 to 20 March), and papers related to many of the items that will be under discussion have been made available on the website of the International Plant Protection Convention: https://www.ippc.int/core-activities/governance/cpm. For example, the draft International Standards…
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Plantwise shortlisted for Olam Food Security Prize

The CABI-led Plantwise programme has been named as a finalist for the Olam Innovation in Food Security Award! This award ‘aims to recognize an outstanding innovation for its potential impact on the availability, affordability, accessibility or adequacy of food, as well as to support its further development.’ As a programme now working in 34 countries,…
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Plantwise linking policy to practice

Contributed by Melanie Bateman, CABI Switzerland Quarantine, then and now During the 1400s, it is estimated that one third of Europe’s population died of the plague. In order to slow its spread, some cities adopted radical measures. For example, the Viscount of Reggio, Italy, decreed that anyone sick with the plague should be moved to…
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Myanmar newspaper covers plant clinic opening

Click here to download: Agr Dep opens plant clinic in Myanmar-The Global New Light of Myanmar
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TOMORROW: CABI joins line-up at The Economist FTW 2015

How do we feed 9 billion people by 2050? And why aren’t we feeding 7 billion people in 2015? These are the headline questions to be delved into at The Economist’s Feeding the World annual event, this time hosted in the Netherlands and welcoming industry experts from policy, research, corporate and non-government organizations centred around…
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The benefits of plant doctor advice featured on AESA blog

“Plantwise bridges the gap between farmers and the knowledge they need to grow more and lose less to pests,” writes CABI’s Dr Malvika Chaudhary in a new blog post featured on AESA news. Click here to read the full story and share the latest news. In the article, Dr Chaudhary gives insights into the progress…
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One stop shop for information on internationally restricted chemicals

Contributed by Melanie Bateman, CABI Switzerland Together, the three conventions that govern chemicals and hazardous waste safety at the global level (the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions) have launched an online search tool for finding technical and scientific publications to support sound management of chemicals and waste: http://synergies.pops.int/Implementation/Publications/ScientificandTechnicalPublications/tabid/3790/language/en-US/Default.aspx In particular, the member countries of these…
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Agri-Drinks next week Dec 3rd in London: Join us

A monthly meet-up to bring together all those involved in communications, media and PR focused on food security, nutritional and agricultural issues. Join the facebook group to stay in the loop on upcoming events! Facebook group: http://on.fb.me/1w2upQ3
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