Heat hits Colombian coffee production

14 March, 2011 by (comments)

The New York Times reports that coffee producers in Colombia are struggling with higher temperatures and unpredictable rains, contributing to a slump in yields. This is something we heard repeatedly from farmers in Colombia’s Cauca department, while recording material for the Two Degrees Up series of climate change photofilms. While The New York Times report makes the point thatRead More …

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CIAT cassava release featured in New Agriculturist

14 March, 2011 by (comments)

The recent release of a disease-resistant cassava variety in Nigeria features in the news section of the latest edition of the online development magazine New Agriculturist. The release follows long-term collaboration between CIAT and our partners in Nigeria. Click to read the full story: CIAT helps African cassava bridegroom find perfect match.

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Russia’s heat wave “not climate change”

11 March, 2011 by (comments)

Last year’s heat wave in Russia, which wiped out a third of the country’s wheat harvest and drove up global grain prices, was caused by natural weather variations, US scientists have found. They attributed it to the natural phenomenon of “atmospheric blocking”, Reuters reports, and not human-induced global warming as was initially thought. Nevertheless, extreme weather events like theseRead More …

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Climate change: expert scientists to lead calls for sustainable agriculture

11 March, 2011 by (comments)

A newly-formed team of expert scientists is to promote the critical role of sustainable agriculture in combating the effects of climate change on food production, aiming to influence major international policy debates in 2011. Led by the UK government’s chief scientific adviser Sir John Beddington, the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change, brings together 13 leading senior scientistsRead More …


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CIAT Annual Report 2010 – now available

11 March, 2011 by (comments)

Dear colleagues, We are pleased to share the CIAT Annual Report 2010 with you. This year’s theme “From the New World to the Whole World” provides examples of CIAT research results in Latin America and the Caribbean, which are benefiting partners in Africa and Asia. Download the report Best regards, Ruben G. Echeverría Director General

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Major store of carbon going down the sink

10 March, 2011 by (comments)

Did you know that mangroves and sea grasses store up to five times more carbon than tropical forests? Presenting a major opportunity for carbon sequestration, their conservation is vital for managing the impacts of climate change. Read more in today’s feature from Scientific American.

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Severe drought in Uganda brings warning of famine

10 March, 2011 by (comments)

Thousands of Ugandans face a humanitarian crisis as hot, dry weather seriously threatens water and food supplies in 30 per cent of the country’s territory, IRIN reports. Residents are being forced to walk long distances in search of water and crop yields are being hurt by the nine-month-long drought, caused by La Niña. Meteorologists say that expected rainfall inRead More …

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