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Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI)

  • Survey date: 20 Oct 2019

Nutrition for Growth (N4G) commitment

Reported progress


London 2013

1. Integrating agriculture and nutrition to address hidden hunger through a new cross-CABI program.

2. Working with Groupe Special Mobile Association (GSMA )in developing mNutrition, a new mobile phone–based nutrition and agriculture service to 3 million people in Africa and South Asia.

3. Working with food companies, human health programs, and agricultural extension programs to create a platform for multistakeholder dialogue and a portfolio of products and services.

4. Delivering knowledge products and services to meet the needs of researchers, policy makers, and farmers and ensure access via Plantwise and tailored mobile services.

Reported progress

1. CABI is involved in developing a new cross-AIRCA consortium program focussing on improved nutrition for children and women in marginal environments through revitalized food systems. Through linking our specific organisation skills on agricultural production, emphasis on marginal environments and vulnerable groups, this cross-AIRCA program intends to address both supply and demand-side factors related to malnutrition. Meanwhile, information supporting farmers in nutrition-sensitive crop husbandry has been progressively rolled out via activities detailed below. Separately, it can be noted that CABI has been the host for the past five years of the Secretariat for GODAN (Global Open Data for Agriculture & Nutrition) which has now brought together >900 partners with a declared shared purpose, which includes to encourage collaboration and cooperation across existing agriculture, nutrition and open data activities and stakeholders to solve long-standing global problems. (CABI's tenure as host of the Secretariat ends in September 2019; future reporting will transfer to the new host).

2. Funding for CABI and partners' responsibilities for this project ended in May 2017. We continue to make the mobile content created for this project available through an open-access database: https://ckan.cabi.org/data/organization/nutrition-knowledge-bank. DFID's 2018 annual review of the programme (published on DevTracker) has reported that the original targets (3m users) have all been exceeded, with >5m users of the six mAgri-related services - with >1m users changing their behaviour in relation to agricultural practices in response to mobile advisory content messages; and >1m users of the eight mHealth related services. The mobile services are being sustained by the telcos as far as CABI is aware. An independent M&E report is being issued by Oxford Policy Management. Note that CABI will not be able to report any further progress on this commitment in future, now that our role has come to an end.

3. CABI is a co-applicant with BRAC for an EU-funded project in Bangladesh with the objective to improve nutritional status of women, children and adolescents, particularly to break inter-generational cycles of malnutrition in climate change-affected, food insecure vulnerable sub-districts of Bangladesh by implementing an innovative, gender-responsive, resilient, scalable, pro-poor nutrition sensitive model with strong emphasis on nutrition governance at local level, through a multi-sectoral approach. CABI’s Plantwise program and its resources will have inter-linkages within implementation of above.

4. The agriculture and nutrition mobile messaging service developed for Dialog in Sri Lanka continues to provide the farming community with validated and scientific advice. CABI continues to develop mobile content for this particular mAgri service, post-mNutrition program. However, newly created content is developed exclusively now for agri-advisory intermediaries and also has inter-linkages with the Plantwise program, incorporating crop management content drawn from the Plantwise Knowledge Bank. The Plantwise programme overall has now reached 31m farmers cumulatively since 2010, operates 3,000 plant clinics and has trained over 10,000 plant doctors providing pest management and GAP advice for over 100 crops.

On course
Basis of assessment

Although the language of the original commitments is vague, substantial progress was made in all 4 areas.