Sustainable intensification transforms landscapes and livelihoods – in one year

28 April, 2011 by (comments)

It could be the Holy Grail of eco-efficient agriculture – the sustainable transformation of arid land incapable of supporting food production, into green oases of rice, beans, and maize… …in just one year. Recent water harvesting pilot projects in Nicaragua have done just this. Coordinated by The Latin American Fund for Irrigated Rice (FLAR), based at CIAT‘s headquarters inRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

254,863 Flickr hits – Thank you!

25 April, 2011 by (comments)

CIAT’s photo gallery on the picture sharing website Flickr has now received over a quarter-of-a-million hits. The landmark figure was reached last week, while I was deep in the Amazon Rainforest – one of the few places left in the world without wireless internet access, hence this slightly delayed post. At the time of writing, the CIAT gallery –Read More …

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Africa experiences a series of “mini-Green Revolutions”

12 April, 2011 by (comments)

International conference to bring good news from the Great Lakes New eco-efficient farming practices have triggered a series of “mini-Green Revolutions” in the Great Lakes region of Africa, and will be the focus of a forthcoming international conference in Rwanda. The new techniques are based on so-called “sustainable intensification” —a concept recently championed by the UK’s chief scientific adviserRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Regions

“Smart” crops target malnutrition across Latin America and the Caribbean

11 April, 2011 by (comments)

Nutritionally-enhanced staples to be released in high-priority areas, aiming to improve children and women’s health, and farmers’ adaptation to climate change In a major drive to tackle malnutrition, farmers in some of the poorest parts of Latin America and the Caribbean are to receive a range of new, nutritionally-enhanced food crops. The improved rice, maize and beans—which also out-performRead More …


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

Eco-efficient pest control—a lesson from the past?

8 April, 2011 by (comments)

New study finds ancient communities in the Andes controlled potato weevils through “sustainable monocropping” It seems that ancient farmers in the Andes knew a thing or two about eco-efficient agriculture—particularly when it came to protecting their vitally important potato crops from insect attacks. According to new research published in the latest edition of the journal Ecological Applications, farmers inRead More …


Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

A more inclusive approach to “land grabs” in the developing world

1 April, 2011 by (comments)

Invest in the farmers not the land: that’s attorney and land tenure specialist Darryl Vhugen’s advice to foreign investors buying farmland in the developing world, on the Guardian’s Poverty Matters blog. International land grabs – purchases or leases of big tracts of land by foreign investors at low costs – are on the rise as big companies look toRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Agro-ecology and Economics @en, Regions

Africa one step closer to GM

1 April, 2011 by (comments)

More African nations could be moving closer to formally introducing genetically modified (GM) crops, as the increasing demand on food production and natural resources forces them to consider all the possible solutions to hunger and poverty.   Most countries, reports Reuters Africa, have been wary about the adoption of GM crops out of fear of the unknown effect onRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Regions