CIAT and partners win best poster award at World Water Week

25 August, 2009 by (comments)

A CIAT poster detailing ways to improve rain water use has beaten 70 other contenders to scoop first prize during World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, last week. The winning poster, titled “Improving the efficiency of rain water use on hillsides in the sub-humid tropics: agricultural & environmental benefits of Quesungual system” was presented by CIAT’s Visiting Researcher AracelyRead More …

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CIAT backs plans for maximum impact

25 August, 2009 by (comments)

Active involvement of CIAT in the preparations of the 2010 Global Conference on Agricultural Research (GCARD) In order for agricultural research to be as effective as possible, partnerships between CIAT and other research organizations are essential. These enable us to produce the right research and reach the right people. Next year’s Global Conference on Agricultural Research (GCARD) aims toRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Asia @en, Inside CIAT, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

Global Soil Map could transform agriculture

20 August, 2009 by (comments)

An ambitious new project to digitally map soils all over the world could transform agriculture. An article in the journal Science, describes how the GlobalSoilMap.net (GSM) initiative could help tackle pressing problems such as food insecurity, climate change and environmental degradation worldwide. The initiative follows the launch of African Soil Information Service (AfSIS) earlier this year, which will useRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Agro-ecology and Economics @en, Regions

Improving access to seed

10 August, 2009 by (comments)

Easy access to good quality seed is essential for farmers in many parts of the tropics. You can find out more about CIAT’s work to determine the best locations for bean seed outlets to help optimise distribution networks in East Africa here.

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The power of cassava

10 August, 2009 by (comments)

The first vehicle completely powered by a biofuel made from cassava roots is already on the move in the department of Valle del Cauca, Colombia. The test run is being carried out using a CIAT pick-up truck. CIAT, together with Clayuca, a consortium that supports cassava research and development in Latin America and the Caribbean, recently inaugurated a pilotRead More …

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World waking up to coffee threat

10 August, 2009 by (comments)

CIAT’s work to document the threat of climate change to coffee producers in Latin Amercia is starting to the get wide coverage it deserves. Coffee is crucial to smallholder farmers in the tropics – but the crop has very limited climatic range. Rising temperatures and unpredictable rains are already beginning to wreak havoc on production of one of theRead More …

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Colombia faces multiple challenges in climate change adaptation

5 August, 2009 by (comments)

After another busy day at the National Dialogue about Climate Change event in Bogota, Colombia, CIAT’s Andy Jarvis provides a round-up. Today we presented our report on the priorities and opportunities for adaptation to climate change in Colombia. Our report looks at the importance of agriculture in the national economy, and attempts to identify some of the major vulnerabilities.Read More …

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