GIS – a glimpse of the future of coffee

10 June, 2009 by (comments)

CIAT’s Laure Collet has addressed gourmet coffee producers from Latin America about ways to improve bean quality and prepare for the challenge of climate change. The presentation in Cali, Colombia, was part of the week-long 1st Annual Extraordinary Coffee Workshop, hosted by US coffee roaster and retailer Intelligentsia. It has brought together Direct Trade coffee growers from Costa Rica,Read More …


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CGIAR ExCo tours Agronatura

5 June, 2009 by (comments)

Hosting the Executive Council (ExCo) members at CIAT for their annual meeting this week has been a great pleasure. One of the highlights amid a busy schedule of meetings and discussions was a whistle-stop tour of the Agronatura Science Park, led by Joe Tohme. The first port-of-call was the forthcoming molecular biology laboratory – followed by a visit toRead More …

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A fond farewell to Douglas Pachico

4 June, 2009 by (comments)

CIAT has paid tribute to Douglas Pachico, who retires today after 29 years’ loyal service. At a special ceremony this afternoon, Doug was once again recognised for his outstanding work and his many achievements as bean program Leader, Head of Impact Assessment and Director of Research, and tree has been planted in the reception area in his honour. DuringRead More …

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This is your change, so get involved

4 June, 2009 by (comments)

The Transition Management Team (TMT) gathered with CIAT staff and Agronatura Science Park partners yesterday for a townhall-style discussion of the CGIAR Change Initiative. The session was broadcast live from a packed Kellogg Auditorium at CIAT’s Palmira headqaurters, and you can watch it here in English and Spanish. CIAT Director-General Ruben Echeverria opened the floor by mentioning the changesRead More …

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Proposal Development Process Update

2 June, 2009 by (comments)

Following Knowledge Sharing Week at CIAT, Kath Laing has given an updated presentation on the proposal development process, at the recent MT team meeting. The presentation provides guidelines for peer review and technical editing of proposals, as well as for the processes of taking concept notes or proposals to the MT for information and review. Kath is keen hearRead More …

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