CABI Plantwise Programme

Project completed

Plantwise is a global programme led by CABI to increase food security and improve rural livelihoods by reducing crop losses. Local plant clinics provide farmers with practical plant health advice, reinforced by the Plantwise knowledge bank, an online gateway to plant health information. Plantwise strengthens national plant health systems from within, enabling countries to provide farmers with the knowledge they need to lose less. Plantwise aims at reaching over 30 million farmers in up to 34 countries by the end of 2020.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Agriculture & food security
Plant protection & pest control
Agricultural research
01.12.2017 - 31.12.2021
CHF  4’480’000
Background Smallholder farmers in the developing world are not receiving the best advice on plant health problems when and where they need it. National plant health systems are ill-prepared to respond to such needs. Slow awareness of new and emerging plant health problems, delayed responses in identifying problems and inefficient use of existing resources are the consequences. This results in failure to provide timely solutions to enable farmers to grow more food and earn more money, and thereby threatens the food security of farmers as well as the general population.
Objectives To contribute to improving food security and livelihoods and alleviating poverty by enabling male and female farmers around the world to lose less and feed more.
Target groups Smallholder farmers (beneficiaries), Extension services, NGOs, producer organizations (partners & plant doctors), Ministries of Agriculture incl. regulation agencies (main counterpart), and associated research and education institutions.
Medium-term outcomes Strengthen the capacity of agricultural institutions and organisations to establish sustainable plant health systems within their country, using Plantwise approach as the framework for action. Up to 2020, Plantwise aims at reaching 30 million farmers in 34 countries.

Expected results:   34 national networks of plant clinics established to provide regular advice to farmers and facilitate the collection and use of plant health information;
Innovative linkages established between key actors involved in extension, research, regulation and input supply;
Data and information management tools, content and processes developed to support national advisory and regulatory actions/ services;
Comprehensive knowledge bank developed according to user needs for diagnosis, management and distribution (incidence and severity) of plant health problems, and made available to national advisory services and organisations contributing to plant health systems.

Results from previous phases:   Plantwise is introduced to 34 countries where more than 10 million farmers were reached.
1’789 plant doctors were trained in 2016, of which 25% are female; for a cumulative total of 6’787 plant doctors working in the 2’292 established clinics.
Over 12’500 factsheets available through the online Plantwise Knowledge Bank.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
Other International Organization
  • Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International

Coordination with other projects and actors Plantwise is a global programme supported by an evolving consortium of donors/sponsors. Plantwise partners with international organisations such as FAO, IPPC, CGIAR, broad range of ARD programmes.
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    4’480’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    4’418’000
Project phases

Phase 3 01.12.2017 - 31.12.2021   (Completed)

Phase 2 01.01.2014 - 31.12.2017   (Completed) Phase 1 01.04.2011 - 31.12.2013   (Completed)