Check out this video to hear how CABI contributed to National Geographic’s Future of Food Hackathon in Washington DC last weekend. CABI’s Dr Martin Parr and Dr Timothy Holmes of the Plantwise knowledge bank describe the type of open access data from CABI which was offered to participants of the hackathon, and how these resources for agricultural information are helping to change the story for food security.
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INSTITUTE OF DIRECTORS, LONDON- On Thursday 5 December, CABI received an Innovation Award at the 10th annual National Engineering Foundation (NEF) Innovisions Conference, in recognition for its landmark global food security programme, Plantwise.
Hosted by NEF and presenters from the BBC, the Innovation Awards were established to celebrate ‘game-changers’ proven to be the very best of innovation in public policy. Judges were looking for ideas which will not only promote sustainable growth, but also inspire others. Plantwise was chosen as the best example of government policy supporting innovation, with its unique approach to improving food security nurtured from the start by policies of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and government partners who have been key to its success.
National Farmers’ Day is a day set aside to commemorate the contributions of farmers and fishermen to the national development of Ghana. Combined, these industries account for over 45% of the country’s annual GDP. At this year’s official Farmers’ Day ceremony at Sogakope in the Volta region, Plantwise and partners will take the opportunity to celebrate one of the biggest targeted platforms for plant health: the plant clinic network expanding across Ghana.
The global Plantwise initiative, led by CABI, first launched in Ghana in 2012 with plant clinics in the Ashanti and Brong Ahafo regions. After the clinics’ early success providing timely plant health advice to farmers, operations were scaled-up to Northern and Eastern regions of Ghana, with a total of over 25 clinics now running across four of the ten regions. As well as growing clinic numbers in these four areas, the Volta region, where the Farmers’ Day event will take place, will be the 5th region for expansion of the plant clinic network in 2014.
Check out this great coverage of Plantwise coming out of Uganda. Working with the University of Makerere, Plantwise is training young plant doctors to answer the increasing demand for plant clinics across all regions. National television station UBC news interviewed CABI’s Joseph Mulema and key partners on this major development for extension and smallholder farmer services in the country.
Video courtesy of UBC and Joseph Mulema