twitter RSS Feed linkedin acp contact

CABI launches space-age technology to fight crop-devastating pest outbreaks in Kenya

Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI), funded by the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme (IPP), is developing a Pest Risk Information Service (PRISE) to fight against crop-devastating pest outbrakes in Kenya

PRISE 4The project was launched in Zambia in December and will be launched in Ghana later this month. (Image source: PRISE)

The service was launched at a Plantwise plant clinic in Manyatta in Kenya’s Eastern Province.

Cambria Finegold, global director for knowledge management, said, “It is vital that we use the very latest in technology and work in partnership to bring the best insights on pest population behaviour right to the farmer’s door.”

PRISE builds upon the UK Department for International Development (DFID)-funded Plantwise programme which works globally to help farmers lose less of what they grow to plant health problems.

The project was launched in Zambia in December and will be launched in Ghana later this month.

Ray Fielding, head of the International Partnership Programme at the UK Space Agency, stated, “Innovation is essential to provide new solutions to the problem of pest outbreaks, and this project combines novel EO technology, satellite positioning, plant health modelling, and on-the-ground real-time observations to deliver a science-based service for sub-Saharan Africa.”

The project consortium includes UK partners from Assimila, Kings College London, Centre for Environmental Data Analysis. The technology being deployed better places CABI’s Plantwise plant clinics to give timely alerts and advice to farmers, in person and by tablet or smartphone so they can respond more efficiently to the risks posed to their crops.


LATEST NEWS IN Agriculture

Nature-based solutions help farmers in Ghana

Nature-based solutions help farmers in G…

Organic pesticides, waste-based fertilisers and forest regeneration are just a few of the green initiatives being employed in Ghana to boost farming communities’ resilience to the impacts of climate...

Boosting soil nutrient mapping in sub-Saharan Africa

Boosting soil nutrient mapping in sub-Sa…

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is set to fast track an impact-oriented project in sub-Saharan Africa and Central America for digital soil nutrient mapping, after...

Gambia-Korea partnership seeks to double rice production to curb food insecurity

Gambia-Korea partnership seeks to double…

President Adama Barrow has received a delegation led by the Korean Ambassador to The Gambia, HE Kim Ji-Joon, at the State House in Banjul to announce the delivery of sample rice...

World Sustainability Organization chooses Zambia as the first African Sustainability Hub

World Sustainability Organization choose…

The World Sustainability Organization and Foundation (WSO&F) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Zambian Government, to make Zambia the African Sustainability Hub 

Rallying call to improve African and global cotton production

Rallying call to improve African and glo…

As the business of cotton production continues to attract global attention, there are concerns about how sustainable the practice of growing, harvesting, and production will be, especially for lower income...

Research and farming institution from Zimbabwe wins FAO Award

Research and farming institution from Zi…

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) honoured three research and farming institutions, one of which was from Zimbabwe

Prev Next

OTHER RELATED ARTICLES - Agriculture

AgDevCo’s initiative to boost smallholder farmer incomes in Africa

AgDevCo’s initiative to boost smallholde…

AgDevCo, in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation, has announced a US$15.4mn initiative to boost the incomes of smallholder farmers in seven African countries

AfDB offers Cameroon US$640,000 for seed production

AfDB offers Cameroon US$640,000 for seed…

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has issued US$640,000 to Cameroon's Institute of Agricultural Research for Development (IRAD) for the production of seven basic crop seeds to help boost agricultural production...

UN launches hunt for start-ups, enterprises changing the face of food systems

UN launches hunt for start-ups, enterpri…

The UN Food Systems Summit has announced a competition to identify the best small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from across the world who are transforming food systems for a better...

Russia donates US$10mn to fight Desert Locusts in East Africa

Russia donates US$10mn to fight Desert L…

FAO director-general QU Dongyu has thanked the Russian Federation for boosting the fight against the Desert Locust outbreak in East Africa by making a US$10mn contribution to support FAO operations...

Korea extends US$9mn to develop rice industry in Ghana

Korea extends US$9mn to develop rice ind…

The Republic of Korea has extended US$9mn for the development of a rice industry in the central region in Ghana

Sugar tariffs to provide relief against imports in South Africa

Sugar tariffs to provide relief against …

The recently endorsed International Trade and Administration Commission (ITAC) recommendation to adjust the sugar and increase import duty of US$680 per tonne will provide the immediate relief required by the...

Southern Africa citrus crop set for bumper harvest

Southern Africa citrus crop set for bump…

The southern Africa region has been predicted to experience a four per cent year-on-year increase in its citrus export crop in 2013

Nutreco announces finalists for Feed&Food Tech Challenge

Nutreco announces finalists for Feed…

Nutreco has announced 15 finalists for the Nutreco Feed&Food Tech Challenge (NFTC)

Nigerian government to cut wheat imports by 20 per cent

Nigerian government to cut wheat imports…

Nigeria’s government will from 2014 cut wheat imports by 20 per cent, saving more than US$800mn from its annual wheat imports bill of more than US$4bn, the country’s minister of...

Nestlé focuses on regenerative agriculture and moving to renewable electricity

Nestlé focuses on regenerative agricultu…

As a signatory of the UN’ Business Ambition for 1.5°C’ pledge, Nestlé is taking measures to halve its emissions by 2030 and achieve net-zero by 2050

Coordinated policies across sectors necessary for transforming Africa’s agrifood systems

Coordinated policies across sectors nece…

To make them more sustainable, the transformation of agrifood systems across Africa needs a “cross-sectoral, holistic, coherent and coordinated policy environment,” QU Dongyu, director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organization...

Mastercard launch mobile marketplace for Africa's agricultural sectors

Mastercard launch mobile marketplace for…

Mastercard kaunched 2KUZE this week, a digital platform that connects smallholder farmers, agents, buyers and banks in East Africa

Prev Next