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Sivapragasam (Siva) Annamalai Regional Director/ Plantwise Regional Team Leader

T: +60 (3) 8943 2921


CABI, P.O. Box 210, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia


PhD in Entomology; MSc in Insect Ecology

I started my career at the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) in June 1978 as a Research Officer, where I specialized in entomology and biological control of tropical insect pests. After almost 32 years, I retired from MARDI in June 2010 as a Senior Principal Research Officer/ Deputy Director (Rice R&D Centre). I joined CABI in October 2010 as a senior scientist. In the last six years, I have worked in almost all the Southeast Asian countries for CABI projects and its Plantwise programme which have been funded by STDF, GEF, EU-AID, CCAFS-IRRI and US-AID.  I have many years experience in tropical pest management and related areas.  

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Increasing rice production around the Mekong

Rice is the most important crop in southwestern China, Laos and Myanmar. Despite recent improvements, productivity is still low with millions of tons lost to pests, diseases and weeds. Intensive pesticide use has led to insecticide resistance, outbreaks of secondary pests and damage to farmers’ health. This...
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Managing invasive species in selected forest ecosystems of South East Asia

Invasive species are threatening forest habitats in South East Asia. They also indirectly affect the livelihoods of millions of people who depend on forests for food, commodities and energy. CABI and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), in collaboration with partners, have developed a project...
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Strengthening agro-ecosystem health and building resilience in Climate Smart Villages

Climate change encourages new and existing pests and diseases to spread and makes management more difficult. This programme addresses this and aims to build resilience of the communities to pests and diseases and their management. It is operating in selected villages in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. The...
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Producing fruit crops through innovative and market-orientated IPM in Vietnam

The project focuses on the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) of four key economically important crops: dragon fruit, mango, longan and lichi for export to markets in the USA. It addresses the important production-limiting pests and diseases and their management. Specifically, practises based on ecologically...