New digital story – Chayote success in Vietnam

26 January, 2010 by (comments)

A new CIAT digital story looks at the success of our Asia office in improving the livelihoods of chayote farmers in Vietnam’s northern uplands. (If you have problems viewing the video stream here, you can watch it directly on Blip TV). The delicious, nutritious shoots of the chayote plant are very popular with wealthy diners in Hanoi. By reformingRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Multimedia @en, Regions

Daniel Debouck – guardian of biodiversity

21 January, 2010 by (comments)

CIAT’s Daniel Debouck is featured in the latest edition of Geneflow. The annual magazine, produced by CGIAR sister-center Bioversity International, promotes “awareness of the importance of the Earth’s agricultural biodiversity and the role it plays in improving people’s lives and livelihoods.” In the two-page feature, Daniel describes his work as manager of CIAT’s genebank at the institution’s headquarters inRead More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media, Crop diversity, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

Cassava under threat

20 January, 2010 by (comments)

Pest and disease outbreaks put SE Asia on high alert CIAT scientists and their partners in Southeast Asia have issued urgent preliminary guidelines to tackle deadly pest and disease outbreaks that have crippled cassava production in parts of the region. The move follows a CIAT investigation into reports from Thailand’s eastern and northeastern regions, of damaged and stunted cassavaRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Cassava @en, Crop diversity, Crops @en, Regions

Improved climbing beans offer a lifeline to African farmers

19 January, 2010 by (comments)

Farmers in Rwanda will soon benefit from new climbing bean varieties that promise significantly higher yields, and which could challenge the dominance of bush beans in the country. Extensive trials by CIAT and the Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA), have shown that the new varieties can quadruple the yields compared to the more commonly-grown bush beans. The varieties growRead More …

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

Helping beans gain ground in West Africa

18 January, 2010 by (comments)

By Olive Thiong’o – CIAT Africa As the West and Central Africa Bean Research Network (WECABREN) regional meeting began today, the air was thick with expectation of improving ways to intensify bean production in the region, despite the expected effects of climate change. WECABREN is the most recent entrant to the Pan Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA), with 11Read More …

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

Life after COP15 – agriculture is part of the solution

18 January, 2010 by (comments)

CIAT’s Andy Jarvis on why there are reasons to be optimistic after COP15. As the dust settles following the United Nations’ COP15 Climate Change summit last month, it is important to evaluate some of its small, but significant successes. CIAT was present in Copenhagen, contributing to a unified message from many like-minded institutions, that agriculture must be included inRead More …

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Filed Under: Inside CIAT, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

“Time is short and the stakes are high” – CIAT coffee studies cause a stir

15 January, 2010 by (comments)

CIAT studies predicting the possible effects of climate change on gourmet coffee production in Latin America feature in the January 2010 edition of the specialist industry magazine Coffee & Cocoa International (C&CI;). Described as “the independent voice of the commodity industry”, the C&CI; article assesses the threats “to some of the most celebrated coffee varieties” in the region, basedRead More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions