World on the brink of runaway climate change: experts

31 May, 2011 by (comments)

Global carbon emissions have reached an all time high according to new research published this week. The US Earth Systems Research Lab in Hawaii declared that carbon levels in the atmosphere peaked last week at 394.97ppm. There is broad consensus among climate scientists that levels should be kept under 400ppm in order to prevent temperature rises of more thanRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change

CIAT workshop means Latin America is ready for REDD

27 May, 2011 by (comments)

Latin American governments are now better prepared for the next round of climate change negotiations, following a REDD-related workshop at CIAT’s headquarters in Colombia. The week-long event, funded by the Inter-American Development Bank, the German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ), UN-REDD and the World Bank, focused on ways to calculate the opportunity costs of land use change and deforestation. OverRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

Fungus boosts food production

26 May, 2011 by (comments)

New research shows that using fungus instead of fertilizer to provide phosphate to plants can cut fertilizer quantities by more than half and help feed the world, Seed Daily reports. Studies conducted by the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, have shown that the application of mycorrhizal fungi to plants helps them acquire phosphate from the soil and stimulates their growth.Read More …


Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en

Kenyan tea and climate change: trouble brewing

26 May, 2011 by (comments)

CIAT climate predictions redraw the map of one of the country’s most important cash crops. Thousands of smallholder farmers in Kenya could be forced to abandon tea production if new climate predictions for the country come true. New CIAT research shows that many current tea producing areas in the country face “serious” challenges in the coming years, and willRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Climate Change, Regions

Brazil gov set to crack down on illegal logging

24 May, 2011 by (comments)

Brazilian authorities are taking serious action on illegal deforestation in response to new satellite images showing an almost 30% spike in logging between August 2010 and April 2011, compared to the same period last year. The reports have shocked the government, according to The Guardian, as they follow a period of achieving the lowest levels of Amazonian deforestation ever.Read More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

Innovative CIAT fruit project moves into top gear

23 May, 2011 by (comments)

Traditional vehicle could drive nationwide knowledge sharing exercise After recruiting more than a thousand farmers in its first year, an ambitious CIAT initiative to improve fruit production in Colombia through large-scale knowledge sharing, is about to be driven, quite literally, into its next phase. The Site-Specific Agriculture based on Farmers’ Experiences (SSAFE) project could see the highly anticipated launchRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Crops @en, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions, Tropical Fruits

The story of agriculture and the green economy

23 May, 2011 by (comments)

Farming First has produced The Story of Agriculture and the Green Economy, a sleek six-part “inforgraphic” to depict the link between agriculture and economic growth, employment, hunger and poverty reduction, using existing information. For bringing data to life, and engaging a broad audience, inforgraphics like this can make a lot of sense. In this case, they also help bringRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en