CABI BioProtection Portal launches in Kenya

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The CABI BioProtection Portal officially launched on 13th February 2020 in Nairobi, Kenya. The portal is a free web-based online resource aimed at raising the awareness and uptake of safer products to fight crop pests such as biocontrol and biopesticide products by growers and advisors.

Le portail est disponible en ligne en Kenya et peut être consulté avec un smartphone, une tablette ou un ordinateur. Le portail a pour objectif d’aider les agriculteurs, les producteurs et les conseillers agricoles à identifier, trouver et appliquer correctement les produits de lutte biologique et les biopesticides permettant de lutter contre certains problèmes phytosanitaires. Une version hors ligne sera disponible prochainement afin de permettre l’utilisation du portail dans les zones rurales.

Cet outil gratuit a été élaboré par le CABI en partenariat avec Koppert Biological Systems, Syngenta et e-nema, and with additional funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands), de la Suisse Agence suisse pour le développement et la coopération), de la Suisse Banque africaine de développement et du Royaume-Uni ( UK Department for International Development). Le portail est particulièrement utile pour les agriculteurs cherchant à remplacer les pesticides chimiques par des produits de biocontrôle permettant ainsi de répondre aux demandes du marché ou aux normes d’exportation, de satisfaire à la demande des consommateurs pour des produits plus sûrs et plus sains et de réduire la pression sur l’environnement.

The CABI BioProtection Portal will be rolled out to a further 10-15 countries in 2020, including Spain, Brazil, Uganda and Bangladesh, and in multiple languages, with further countries to follow in 2021. It is the aim that this tool becomes a global go-to resource for information on biocontrol and biopesticide products.

Dr. Ulrich Kuhlmann, Executive Director, Global Operations at CABI said:

“Globally, an estimated 40 percent of crops are lost to pests – such as the devastating maize pest fall armyworm and the tomato leaf miner – as well as a range of plant diseases. The widespread use of chemical pesticides to fight crop pests alone is not sustainable either economically or environmentally in the long run especially when you factor impacts exacerbated by climate change. CABI is helping growers to adapt to this major challenge through projects that apply, among other things, our expertise in digital development and crop health as well as products like the BioProtection Portal which promote sustainable approaches to pest management.”

Dr. Kuhlmann said the portal is not just of benefit to growers but also to national authorities responsible for the regulation/registration of plant protection products, private-sector decision-makers – such as cooperatives and organisations operating voluntary certification schemes – and biocontrol manufacturers looking to promote wider uptake of their products.

“The CABI BioProtection Portal brings together in one place the various safer and more environmentally friendly biocontrol and biopesticide products that growers can add to their ‘arsenal’ against crop pests as part of an integrated pest management plan,” he added.