CABI (organisation)

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CABI is a not-for-profit inter-governmental development and information organisation based in the United Kingdom. It focuses on agriculture and the environment.


CABI (formerly "CAB International" and before that "Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaux") was established in 1910 as Entomological Research Committee (Tropical Africa).[1]It has three divisions, each undertaking different activities related to scientific research. As of 2015 CABI employed over 400 staff working from more than 21 locations. The head office is in Wallingford, England.Projects exist in more than 70 countries with centres in Brazil, China, Ghana, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Pakistan, Switzerland, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom and the United States of [2]


CABI states that "only 3% of our revenue comes from core funding".[3] The 2013 financial report showed the following donoras in descending order: Department for International Development, UK(£6,306k), Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (CHF1,650k), Irish Aid £292k, Directorate General for International Cooperation, Netherlands (€370k), Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (AUS$500k), The International Fund for Agricultural Development (US$340k), Ministry of Agriculture, China (US$250k), CABI Contribution, Designated Fund (£102k), Dow Agrosciences (US$50k), Deutsche Welthungerhilfe (€6k).[4]


CABI has been addressing agricultural and environmental issues in a variety of projects worldwide. The main focus is commodities, invasive species and scientific communication. Specific projects include diagnosing plant and pest problems, developing control methods and teaching farmers best practice in the field. For example, from 1989-2002 CABI participated in the LUBILOSA Programme at Silwood Park where a unique inter-disciplinary team was set up. This combined the biological control and mycology skills of CABI scientists with (bio)pesticide application.[citation needed]

Microbial services[edit]

CABI housed a collection of over 28,000 fungi samples from around the world to carry out microbial identification, preservations, patenting, training and consultancy from their offices and labs in Egham, England. In 2009, CABI's fungi samples were merged with those of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and held at Kew, to create teh worlds largest depository with 1 million specimens, which was supported by a £250,000 grant from the UK government. Two senior research scientists transitioned from CABI to Kent [5]

Scientific publishing[edit]

The publishing division of CABI helps to fund the scientific research and projects undertaken by the other two divisions. CABI publishes books, abstract databases (such as CAB Direct) and online resources. Subject areas include agriculture, plant sciences, veterinary sciences, environmental science, food, nutrition, and tourism. The publishing division of CABI operates mainly out of the head office in Wallingford, England.

CABI's database Global Health is the only specialist bibliographic, abstracting and indexing database dedicated to public health research and practice.[citation needed] Publications from over 158 countries in 50 languages are abstracted, and all relevant non-English-language papers are translated to give access to research not available through any other database. In 2010, CABI became an official supporting organisation of Healthcare Information For All by 2015 as part of its support to improve availability and use of healthcare information in low-income countries.

The GODAN Secretariat[edit]

Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) secretariat is hosted by CABI at its headquarters in Wallingford, UK.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About us". CABI. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  2. ^ "About us". CABI. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Who we work with, Donors". CABI. n.d. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "CABI annual report & financial statements" (PDF). CABI. 31 December 2013. p. 32. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  5. ^ UK fungi get protection strategy 12 January 2009, BBC News

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