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Founded on adoption of 'Agreement on CAB INTERNATIONAL'.

Derives from formation in 1910, London (UK), of the 'Entomological Research Committee (Tropical Africa)', with entomologists posted in East Africa and West Africa to collect and study insects injurious to humans, crops and animals.

Subsequently other organisms and disciplines were covered and services brought together under the auspices of the Imperial Agricultural Bureaux (IAB), which was formally constituted in 1929.

IAB became H-XH0231 - Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaux (CAB) in 1930.

Under the constitution of CAB INTERNATIONAL, the scope changed from being exclusively Commonwealth to fully international, with membership open to any country.


Improve people's lives worldwide by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment.


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Review Conference (convened periodically) reviews work programmes and determines broad policies and strategies. Executive Council comprises representatives of each member country; it monitors CABI's affairs and implements Review Conference resolutions. Board is an advisory board which oversees programmes and guides management on operational and strategic issues. Management team is headed by CEO, who is directly accountable to the Chair of Council. Head office: Wallingford (UK). Offices in: Europe (Egham, UK; Delémont, Switzerland); Asia (Rawalpindi, Pakistan; Delhi, India; Serdang, Malaysia; Beijing, China); Africa (Nairobi, Kenya); Americas (Curepe, Trinidad-Tobago; Cambridge MA, USA). Each member designates a National Implementing Agency (NIA) and nominates a Liaison Officer from this NIA who maintains close contact with CABI headquarters and appropriate regional centres.


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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on Land



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