This interim report covers all activities funded by the CABI Development
Fund during the period April to September 2010. The Fund is treated as a
single entity supported by the three contributing donor organizations
(DFID, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), and the
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), so
the work described here is the composite output from all three funding
This report highlights CDF initiatives in 2010-2011. These include the
Plantwise initiative launched in 2010, which aims to raise rural incomes
in developing countries by helping the world lose less of what it grows
to plant pests and diseases. Today, there is no global pest and disease
database: by using CDF support CABI, with the participation of a network
of other supportive partners, can provide a unique vigilance system to
guard against future crop losses and to highlight future research
priorities. Other initiatives to support farmers, improve food security,
protect biodiversity and share knowledge are described.
CABI, Wallingford, UK, 24 pp.