Scientists discover new crop-destroying Armyworm is now “spreading rapidly” in Africa

Scientists discover new crop-destroying Armyworm is now “spreading rapidly” in Africa

New research announced today by scientists at CABI confirms that a recently introduced crop-destroying armyworm caterpillar is now spreading rapidly across Mainland Africa and could spread to tropical Asia and the Mediterranean in the next few years, becoming a major threat to agricultural trade worldwide.

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Myanmar Plantwise Welcomes CABI Board Member

Contributed by Dr Sivapragasam Annamalai, CABI

paulus_myanmar_1Paulus Verschuren, a CABI Board member, recently visited Myanmar, accompanied by CABI staff, associates and representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation. His motivation for the trip was “to get out and learn in the field what Plantwise means to farmers and other stakeholders”. The brief but busy itinerary entailed field visits to see plant clinics in action and also to meet with some of the key donors currently operating in Myanmar.

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Vietnam Pepper Association to run plant clinics

Contributed by CABI-SEA team

group-photoIn collaboration with the Vietnam Pepper Association (VPA), Plantwise Vietnam organized a meeting with the various stakeholders of the Vietnamese pepper industry on 16 December 2016. The meeting was held at the Institute of Agricultural Science for Southern Vietnam (IAS). In attendance were a total of 34 participants from the various sectors of the industry, and the meeting was chaired by Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Tuat from the Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences (VAAS).

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CABI argues for stronger links between rural advisory services and research, private sector and ICTs

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Dr Kuhlmann speaking at the GLAST event

At a meeting of the world’s top agricultural scientists in China, CABI’s Executive Director for Global Operations, Dr Ulrich Kuhlmann, stressed the key role rural advisory services play in lifting agricultural communities out of poverty. As he pointed out, “Some of the most relevant and appropriate information isn’t high tech or innovative, but that doesn’t mean farmers know about it.”

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On International Tea Day, raise a cup to the growers

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Photo: Tweetspeak Poetry, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

International Tea Day is observed annually on 15 December, and aims to raise awareness of the impact of the global tea trade on the farmers and agricultural labourers who produce tea. It has been celebrated since 2005 in tea producing countries such as Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Vietnam, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, Uganda, India and Tanzania – all of which are countries where Plantwise operates.

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Plant Doctor wins best Agricultural Extension Agent award in Ghana

Contributed by Solomon Duah, CABI Ghana

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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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International students graduate with Masters degree in crop management

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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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