CABI signs MoU with Agricultural Department Gilgit Baltistan to launch Plantwise programme

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CABI has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Agriculture Department Gilgit Baltistan in Pakistan to launch the Plantwise programme in order to provide research-based advisory services to farmers.

The agreement, which will deliver Plantwise plant clinic services, was signed by Dr Babar Bajwa, Regional Director – CABI Central and West Asia, and Mr Sajjad Haider who is Secretary, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries at Gilgit Baltistan.
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Plantwise wins the OECD DAC Prize 2015

OECD DAC Prize 2015
From left: Jury member Andrew Wyckoff (OECD), CABI’s Janny Vos and Marin Hirschfeld; and jury member Julius Akinyemi (MIT). Photo © OECD

The CABI-led Plantwise programme this week won the OECD Development Assistance Committee’s Prize 2015 for innovation. The award recognises initiatives that take innovative approaches to international development, scaling up pilot projects and applying them more widely. Over the past five years, Plantwise has grown to reach over four million farmers in 34 countries, helping them to lose less and feed more. Plantwise was announced OECD DAC Prize winner at a ceremony at the OECD headquarters in Paris on 9 March.

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Plantwise shortlisted for OECD DAC Prize

Plantwise shortlisted for OECD development prizeThe CABI-led Plantwise programme has been named as a finalist for the OECD DAC Prize 2015. This award recognises organisations taking innovative approaches beyond the pilot phase to wider application. The OECD Development Assistance Committee’s objective is to “acknowledge development actors who take this step: from supporting innovation, to using it systematically and strategically to address development challenges by taking it to scale.”

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IPPC and Plantwise Collaboration initiated with a Rome Secondment

cameronwebnewsAs part of our recent efforts to improve collaboration on joint activities, CABI Plantwise is delighted to announce an agreement with the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) to initiate secondments between the two organizations, and thereby increase transparency and effectiveness. Katherine Cameron, Knowledge Bank Development Manager for Plantwise, has joined the IPPC secretariat at the FAO headquarters in Rome, in order to assist in the guidance and approval of a joint work plan.

Dr Ulrich Kuhlmann, Regional Director CABI Europe-Switzerland and Plantwise Program Executive, said, “Having a member of CABI team in Rome working closely with the IPPC will be an important step towards furthering our shared goals. It’s valuable not only for building technical knowledge within the IPPC framework, but also for exploring new avenues of collaboration between CABI, the IPPC Secretariat, and national plant protection organizations worldwide.”

Click here for the full story on IPPC’s website.