The age of cassava?

24 September, 2009 by (comments)

CIAT’s climate models show that cassava, the notoriously hardy tropical root crop, could have a lot to gain from climate change. In the article Capitalizing on Cassava, in the latest CGIAR newsletter, CIAT’s Andy Jarvis takes a closer look at what the future might hold for cassava, and how scientific research and institutional partnerships can ensure the crop fulfillsRead More …

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Filed Under: Cassava @en, Crops @en, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

CoCoon meeting concludes

24 September, 2009 by (comments)

The CoCoon Matchmaking meeting entered its second and final day. There was a positive response to the diversity amongst participants after the official opening by Vice Minister, Claudia Mora, and Dr. Marion Kappeyne, Ambassador of the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Colombia. The meeting continued with its three main themes: combining scientific and action research, capacity development, and alliances andRead More …


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Clinton glimpses bean varieties

23 September, 2009 by (comments)

We thought we’d share this picture we just received of Hillary Clinton taking a look at drought-resistant bean varieties developed by the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI). CIAT is helping get these beans to the farmers who need them. The US Secretary of State visited the KARI headquarters in Nairobi last month while in Kenya for the eighth AfricanRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Beans @en, Crops @en, Regions

Vice Minister supports CoCoon initiative at CIAT

22 September, 2009 by (comments)

Colombia’s Vice Minister of Environment, Housing and Territorial Development, Claudia Mora, was at CIAT today, to speak at the Conflict and Cooperation over Natural Resources (CoCoon) Matchmaking meeting. The two-day conference at CIAT’s headquarters in Palmira has brought together experts to help strengthen regional ties in Central and South America. The resulting regional consortium, along with those formed inRead More …

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End of the road for Enola

17 September, 2009 by (comments)

Just when we thought the decade-long legal wrangle over the controversial “Enola” bean patent had finally been put to rest, it seemed the saga was set to continue. But we’ve just heard that seed company POD-NERS’ latest legal move – a petition for a panel rehearing – has been denied. In August, the company requested that the United StatesRead More …

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Poor countries need “hundreds of billions” to fight climate change

15 September, 2009 by (comments)

The World Bank says hundreds of billions of dollars is needed to help poor countries combat climate change – and industrialized countries should foot the bill. The figures, published in today’s World Development Report 2010: Development and Climate Change, comes in the run-up to the COP15 UN climate change summit in Copenhagen in December, which will see world leadersRead More …

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Climate change – predicting the future

10 September, 2009 by (comments)

CIAT’s climate change expert Andy Jarvis speaks to science podcaster EarthSky about his work to predict the effects of climate change on some of the world’s most important crops. You can listen to Andy in action and read the transcript here. Andy is currently working on a paper titled Climate change impacts on suitability for the world’s top 50Read More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions