PlantwisePlus Knowledge Bank joins the CABI Digital Library

The PlantwisePlus Knowledge Bank has joined the CABI Digital Library platform. Developed by subject experts in partnership with international collaborators, the CABI  Digital Library (CDL) makes it easier for practitioners, students and researchers to find in-depth scientific information in their area of interest.
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Supporting women farmers by boosting the skills of agricultural advisory services 

Agricultural advisory services can benefit farmers in low- and middle-income countries. They can help farmers to learn new techniques, increase their crop yields and improve their livelihoods. They can even deliver advice about global challenges like climate change. 
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5 cotton pests devastating farmer yields

cotton crops
Cotton pests can have a devastating impact on cotton-producing communities, causing huge crop losses. For many low- and middle-income nations, cotton is a major cash crop, with millions of farmers dependent on it for their livelihoods.   For this year’s World Cotton Day (7th October), we take a look at some of the major cotton pests, their…
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CABI Academy eLearning courses available in Burkina Faso

Plant Doctor training Burkina Faso
CABI Academy’s eLearning courses are now available free for users in Burkina Faso. The new digital learning platform provides online courses for agricultural extension and advisory service providers to help them expand their agricultural knowledge and skills. The courses are also relevant to agriculture and crop protection students, reinforcing the knowledge, skills, and experience they gain…
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Could biocontrol solve the papaya mealybug problem for Ugandan farmers?

Papaya mealybug on fruit
Papaya mealybug, Paraccous margniatus, is native to Central America but has spread rapidly in invaded countries. It was detected in Uganda in 2021 where it has the potential to affect the production and quality of papaya and other host crops.
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The life cycle of the African armyworm

African Armyworm
The life cycle of the African armyworm (Spodoptera exempta) makes it an extremely destructive pest. It grows and reproduces quickly with just ten days between hatching and pupation.
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Better Cotton Initiative: biocontrol training in India

Cotton ready to harvest
India is the world’s largest producer of cotton. It is one of the country’s major cash crops with nearly 6 million farmers making a living from growing cotton. The Better Cotton Initiative helps make cotton farming a more climate-resilient, environmentally friendly and responsible business. Working with smallholders, farm workers and communities, the Better Cotton Initiative…
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Tomato pests and diseases

Tomatoes
Tomato is a popular and extensively cultivated crop due to its high potential to generate profits for smallholder farmers. However, there are a number of tomato pests and diseases that have the potential to severely diminish yields. Here we highlight four tomato pests and diseases to look out for.
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Plant doctor training: a student’s perspective

Trainee plant doctors
Swagata Saikia, a PhD Scholar in Plant Pathology, recently participated in a Plant Doctor training course. Here Swagata talks about her experiences during the course. One fine day, I arrived at the Regional Agricultural Research Station (RARS), Titabor, along with five of my friends for a training course entitled “Becoming a Plant Doctor”.  Other PhD students,…
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Plantwise: helping female farmers in Nepal access advisory services 

Female tomato farmer in Nepal
In almost all regions of Nepal, women have a greater involvement than men in farming activities. The World Bank estimates that 74% of Nepalese women work in agriculture, yet they struggle to have equal access to agricultural resources.  A new study highlights gender integration in the Plantwise programme and identifies the strengths and limitations in Nepal. It focuses…
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