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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Latest Plantwise newsletter out now

pw-newsletter-cover-dec-2016 Looking for something to read over the holidays? The last Plantwise newsletter of 2016 has just been published, featuring stories about the programme from around the world.

This edition leads with an article on how Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Dr Abdullah Abdullah and the Minister of Agriculture, Assadullah Zameer, visited our stand at the Kabul International AgFair to find out about how we’re supporting farmers across the country.

You’ll also be able to read about how our partners are helping make funding sustainable in Mozambique; how Plantwise is linking with Farmer Field Schools in Nepal; and how we are increasing the programme’s visibility across the world

Find out more by viewing the newsletter on our website, and sign up via Facebook to receive the newsletter in your inbox every quarter.

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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