CABI's international development activities are focused on three themes. These were identified through extensive consultation with CABI's Member Countries and from 2002 CABI's work has been aligned with the Millennium Development Goals and relevant international conventions and programmes. CABI's operational focus has since been refined as:
- Knowledge for Development, strengthening the knowledge and innovation systems supporting agricultural development;
- Invasive Species, the management of invasive species damaging agriculture, trade and environments, and
- Commodities, improvement of the livelihoods of smallholder producers of commodity crops.
Key impacts of PF funding within each of the CABI themes include:
Knowledge for Development:
(50% of PF funding)
- Development of consortia, including developing country institutions, to leverage funding for development and dissemination of encyclopaedic compendia.
- Making CABI's information available to developing countries through involvement in pre-funded networks
- Participation in the shaping of global agricultural research policy, linking science and society.
- Development of novel farmer-centred approaches to sustainable seed systems.
(25% of PF funding)
- Input to the Global Invasive Species Programme (GISP), supporting the implementation of CBD commitments on invasives.
- Through GISP, development of new regional strategies and policies on invasive species.
- Improving sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) skills in Africa and Southeast Asia, helping countries to overcome trade barriers and access lucrative export markets.
- Enabling rapid response to specific pest outbreaks around the world.
(25% of PF funding)
- Input to the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative of the major international food companies, and production of the global reference work Cocoa Futures, directly influencing global commodity policies.
- Facilitating a regional coffee research network in Africa (CORNET) under ASARECA
- Initiating a major regional initiative to control coffee wilt disease, following an initial PF-funded survey in Uganda.
- Addressing the future sustainability of perennial crop systems
CABI Corporate. Evaluating the impact of CABI’s Development Funding. (2007) 15 pp.