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COLEAD joins as an Associate of the CABI BioProtection Portal

Published 13/02/2024

Theme: Portal members

Theme: BioProtection Portal

Farmers grow sweet peppers in Jamaica. Ā© CABI

We are pleased to announce that COLEAD has joined the CABI BioProtection Portal as an Associate. COLEAD (COmmittee Linking Entrepreneurship-Agriculture-Development) is a not-for-profit association that aims to share knowledge and expertise in the agrifood and development fields. With a focus on low and middle-income countries, particularly in African, Caribbean, and Pacific countries, COLEAD works with a network of companies, professional organisations, and experts committed to inclusive and sustainable agriculture.

CABI and COLEAD have agreed to collaborate for the promotion and development of bioprotection globally, combining efforts to enhance sustainable agriculture practices.

The partnership will boost the visibility of the Portal to advisory service providers and growers through the promotion of the Portal database and resources on COLEAD’s website and within their network. Thus, users of the COLEAD website will be encouraged to search for available biocontrol and biopesticide products and navigate our educational content. This will further foster the adoption of bioprotection.

The importance of collaboration

The new partnership will enable the sharing of expertise and knowledge. The CABI BioProtection Portal resources will link to a wealth of comprehensive educational content from COLEAD’s e-learning and e-library. This will include COLEAD’s sustainable crop production guides, pest identification sheets, and crop protection guides.  

Additionally, the Portal will link to the COLEAD Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) database, which can be a valuable resource for growers aiming to access stricter markets. This database provides information on the use of plant protection products in the Africa-Caribbean-Pacific countries, such as Maximum Residue Limits (MRL), aligning with European Union (EU) standards.

Through this collaboration, we will encourage users to profit from these helpful resources while enriching the content on the Portal. This will allow users to make better and more informed decisions.

CABI BioProtection Portal support values held by COLEAD

The CABI BioProtection Portal stands as an innovative tool for sustainable pest management. The Portal helps advisory service providers and growers in identifying and correctly applying biocontrol and biopesticide products. It also promotes the implementation of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) by providing biocontrol solutions that fit within IPM programmes.

COLEAD’s mission, to facilitate actions that contribute to the achievement of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), resonates with the CABI BioProtection Portal’s direct support of the agricultural sector. Therefore, the Portal and COLEAD’s values align via the common goal of promoting sustainable solutions for crop protection.

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