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
- 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
- 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
(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
- 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)
- 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.