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Expertise in Integrated Pest Management
(IPM) of Coffee:

Farmer drawing of IPM coffee plot (R. Muñoz)

CABI Commodities draws on the expertise and worldwide experience of the staff of CABI Bioscience. CABI staff from all disciplines of crop protection work together to develop integrated control solutions for coffee crop protection:

  • Nine CABI Bioscience core scientific staff have over fifty person-years experience in coffee crop protection, research and extension, dealing with coffee pests, diseases and nematodes.
  • Over the past 15 years, CABI Bioscience has carried out consultancies or collaborative research projects on coffee pest and disease management in Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, Jamaica, Cote D'Ivoire, Togo, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Zaire, India, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and New Caledonia.
  • CABI Bioscience has specialised for a number of years in researching natural biological control solutions to coffee pest and disease problems from its bases in Africa, Central and Latin America and Asia. It has considerable experience in:
    • "Classical" biological control of coffee pests
    • Augmentative control of coffee berry borer using mass releases of parasitic wasps
    • The use of fugal biopesticides and insect-pathogenic nematodes for coffee pest control
    • The conservation of antagonists to coffee pathogens
    • The epidemiology of coffee diseases
    • Cultural control methods for coffee nematodes
    • The integration of control options into integrated control systems suitable for smallholders and plantations

CABI Commodities works principally in collaboration with national programme research and extension staff in developing countries, and has a long history of training and capacity building, designing IPM systems for coffee and extending them to farmers. Recently completed projects in Kenya and Malawi investigated optimal ways to integrate control options for pests, diseases and nematodes in a way which is affordable, sustainable and practical for smallholder farmers.

In Kenya, CABI Bioscience, in collaboration with local NGOs and the Ministry of Agriculture, has developed novel approaches to implementing coffee IPM at farm level through the use of experience-learning programmes for farmers. This "Farmers Field School" approach to IPM implementation has been adapted from the very successful model of IPM schemes in rice in Asia which develops IPM skills and decision-making in farmers. Preliminary assessment of the use of this system in coffee in Kenya is very encouraging, and experience learning curricula are now being developed and implemented in other collaborative projects in Colombia, Mexico, India and Zimbabwe.

In addition, CABI Commodities has carried out consultancies for private coffee producers and growers' co-operatives.

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Contact CABI Commodities:
CABI Commodities Coffee Co-ordinator - Dr. Peter Baker - p.baker@cabi.org
CABI Commodities Cocoa Co-ordinator - Dr. J. Flood - j.flood@cabi.org
CABI Commodities Project Administrator - cabi-commodities@cabi.org