Empowering young men and women through agricultural skilling in Uganda

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Youth unemployment continues to be a pressing issue in Uganda, particularly among secondary school graduates. The lack of job opportunities not only affects individuals but also poses challenges to the overall development of society, writes Harrison Rware, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, and Caroline Aliamo, Projects Officer, based at CABI’s regional centre for Africa, Nairobi, Kenya.
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Pesticide risk reduction tackled at behaviour change workshop in Kenya

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Pesticide overuse and misuse pose a risk to farmers, consumers, and the environment. Chemical pest control is a major source of pollution, leading to water and soil contamination. Moreover, pesticides can enter the food chain through residues on crops, jeopardising food safety.
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Radio campaign seeks to break down barriers to gender-equitable agricultural extension services

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CABI is joining forces with Farm Radio International to roll out a behaviour change communication (BCC) campaign to try and help break down the barriers to gender equitable agricultural extension services in Ghana.
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Benefits of the PlantwisePlus digital tools presented in Nepal

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CABI introduced the benefits of the PlantwisePlus digital tools and CABI Digital Library during a symposium in Nepal this April. Titled, “CABI Digital Library- A Suite of Tools for Plant Health System”, the event presented the tools and how they can help strengthen plant health systems.
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China’s plant doctors of tomorrow trained by CABI at Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University

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China’s plant doctors of tomorrow have been trained by CABI at Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University (ZAFU) in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province as part of its overall mission to help the country reduce crop losses from pests and diseases.
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Helping to ensure greater food security through the eyes of a young farmer and plant doctor

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Dr Dennis Rangi, CABI‚Äôs Director General, Development based at its regional centre for Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, wrote a thought leadership article as part of International Youth Day. He said that a ‚Äėrevolution‚Äô in agribusiness involving Africa‚Äôs youth is required so they can capitalise on the sector‚Äôs contribution to around 25% of the continent‚Äôs Gross…
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Training workshop focuses on rearing of stem boring weevil to fight noxious parthenium weed in Pakistan

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Parthenium hysterophorus is a highly destructive weed that has crossed continents, and is spreading rapidly in both rural and urban landscapes across Pakistan. A variety of methodologies have been used to control its spread but no single management option is adequate to manage parthenium. Therefore, there is a need to integrate various management options. Successful…
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CABI Academy helps Better Cotton team grow its plant-health knowledge

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Members of the CABI Better Cotton Initiative team gave their crop pest diagnosis and management skills a boost recently thanks to the CABI Academy. Over 100 team members completed the Crop Pest Diagnosis and Crop Pest Management courses with all participants gaining a pass certificate.
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Plant doctor training improves Rwandan farmers’ access to plant health advice

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A six-day Plantwise plant doctor training session took place in Rwanda this March. Funded by CABI, the training aimed to build the capacity of Rwanda Inspectorate, Competition and Consumer Protection Authority (RICA) staff in the diagnosis of crop pest problems, and providing advice to farmers.
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Three types of training delivering plant health knowledge to Burundi’s farmers

How do you reach millions of farmers with tried-and-tested plant health advice? The answer is to train the plant health advisors. In Burundi, Plantwise has been doing just this. In March 2021, Plantwise started to train plant doctors in Burundi to deliver plant health advice to farmers. And five months later, in August, Plantwise was…
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