CIAT sends fourth shipment to Arctic seed vault

15 February, 2011 by (comments)

The CIAT genebank has sent a new shipment of duplicate seeds of beans and tropical forages to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway, a fortress built on the remote Arctic archipelago to protect the world’s most important food crops in case of catastrophe. This is the fourth shipment made by CIAT’s Genetic Resources Program, which houses the largestRead More …

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Filed Under: Crop diversity, Inside CIAT

DR Congo gets research boost

14 February, 2011 by (comments)

The EU has donated EUR8 million to dramatically boost the scientific capacity of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) reported today. DR Congo is the site of important agricultural and forestry research being led by the FAO, in collaboration with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the International InstituteRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Regions

Ushering in the age of biofortification

14 February, 2011 by (comments)

Policymakers should incorporate nutrition and farming, if the world is going to rise to the challenges of hunger, malnutrition, and a growing population. That’s the message from the Leveraging Agriculture for Improving Nutrition and Health conference in New Delhi, India, organized by CIAT’s CGIAR sister-center the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Experts at the conference have called for moreRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en

New climate change documentary targets sceptics

11 February, 2011 by (comments)

Carbon Nation, a new US documentary about solutions to climate change and targeted at America’s right, premiered in the US last night. Check out the trailer below or click here. Heralded as “the climate change solutions movie that doesn’t even care if you believe in climate change”, Carbon Nation‘s producers are attempting to convert the climate change sceptics by using peopleRead More …

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Poor vet services threaten food security

11 February, 2011 by (comments)

Veterinary medicine in the developing world must be greatly improved to manage the threat livestock intensification poses to food security, warns new research from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Rising demand of meat products in the developing world is fuelling livestock production. However, veterinary services to manage disease outbreaks are “lagging dangerously behind”, putting animals, farmers, and consumers atRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en

Climate change: who’s to blame?

10 February, 2011 by (comments)

What’s the basis for not believing that human activity is contributing to climate change? How to change a climate skeptic’s mind, a blog post from The Nature Conservancy, takes a closer look at the arguments – drawing on the very useful one-line answers to 141 climate skeptic arguments. Arguments like these: Skeptic says:  Climate’s changed before. Science says: ClimateRead More …

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Two Degrees Up on the Oxfam blog

10 February, 2011 by (comments)

Our friends at Oxfam International have posted a piece about Two Degrees Up on their From Poverty to Power blog. The Two Degrees Up series of photofilms, produced by CIAT, was unveiled at the United Nations COP16 climate change conference in Cancun in December, during the launch of the CGIAR’s Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Research Program.Read More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media, Climate Change, Multimedia @en