CIAT’s first-ever video diary: Jarvis brings crop wild relatives in from the cold

3 February, 2011 by (comments)

In the first-ever video diary for the CIAT blog, Andy Jarvis gives us an update from a chilly Kew Gardens in London, UK. Andy is at Kew for a warm-up meeting relating to CIAT’s role in a new USD50m project from the Global Crop Diversity Trust, funded by the Norwegian government, to collect and conserve some of the world’sRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Crop diversity, Multimedia @en

CIAT helps African cassava “Bridegroom” find perfect match

3 February, 2011 by (comments)

A new disease-tolerant cassava variety just released in Nigeria could help to boost food production in the country, and highlights the importance of conserving cassava germplasm from Latin America for scientific research in Africa. The new crop combines two forms of resistance to the devastating cassava mosaic disease(CMD): one found in the so-called “Bridegroom” cassava variety, a Nigerian landrace,Read More …

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

Cyclone Yasi pushes up sugar prices to new high

3 February, 2011 by (comments)

First there were devastating floods, now Cyclone Yasi, which battered the state of Queensland in Australia yesterday, is thought to have destroyed half of the state’s sugar crop, forcing up the price of sugar on world markets to an all-time high. Here are some vital statistics: – Queensland is among the world’s top three sugar cane exporters – QueenslandRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en

New videos bring agriculture and nutrition into focus

3 February, 2011 by (comments)

We recommend you take 3-and-a-half minutes to watch this new video from our friends at Farming First, about improving agriculture and nutrition. You’ll also see a few CIAT pictures from our Flickr page in there…and a very troubling countdown timer. Click to watch. Farming First Nutrition Video from Farming First on Vimeo. For more information on the project, checkRead More …

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