CABI expertise boosts sustainable farming on three continentsMaria Koleva , Brussels
The stand of CABI at the European Development Days presented impressive initiatives for promoting sustainable agricultural practices. CABI is an international non-profit organisation with almost 500 staff around the world and focuses on anything to do with agriculture and the environment and providing evidence-based information to those who need it, said Dr Janny Vos, Strategic Partnerships Director of CABI. The programme is active on three continents - Africa, Latin America and Asia.
Dr Vos explained that this is one of the large development programmes focused on food security and nutrition security “where we look at strengthening national systems in developing countries,” so farmers have access to advice in terms of what the problems are in their fields and how they can deal with these challenges in a sustainable way.
How many farmers have we reached so far? CABI have done an impact analysis and calculations and the result is that over the past eight years the organisation has reached over 30 million farmers in 32 countries. There are 500 million small farmers that need advice and we want to step up and accelerate these kinds of experiences in the follow-up programme, which we hope to implement with further support, she specified.
CABI receives support from four major donors for this specific programme - DFID from the United Kingdom, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the Directorate-General for International Cooperation of Netherlands and the European Commission.