BBC features CIAT’s work on coffee and climate change

30 June, 2011 by (comments)

BBC Mundo has just published this great in-depth article about coffee and climate change in Latin America. The article features the insights of CIAT climate change experts Peter Laderach and Andy Jarvis of our Decision and Policy Analysis program, as well as an abridged version of the Two Degrees Up: Colombia photofilm, which takes a closer look at the challengesRead More …

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2010: Hottest, wettest, coldest, driest on record

28 June, 2011 by (comments)

New research has found that 2010 was plagued by some of the most extreme weather and temperatures in recorded history, according to the Guardian, following WMO reports that 2010 was the joint-warmest on record with 2005. And this year is shaping up to be one for the record books also, in particular the costliest year for weather-related disasters.

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Brazilian food security expert to head up FAO

28 June, 2011 by (comments)

José Graziano da Silva of Brazil has been elected Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), a three-year term he will undertake as of January 2012, succeeding Senegal’s Jacques Diouf. Former Brazilian food security minister, Graziano da Silva earned recognition for his policies against hunger and malnutrition which helped lift 24 million people out of poverty andRead More …

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Gamers boot up to beat climate change

28 June, 2011 by (comments)

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a world leader trying to save the world from climate change? If you’ve got USD9.99 to spare, you can put yourself in the hotseat. Fate of the World is an innovative video game challenging players to avert catastrophic climate change using whatever strategies available—renewable energies, geo-engineering, wildlife adaptation, population control. The game’s scenarios are basedRead More …

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G20 leaves food crisis looming?

24 June, 2011 by (comments)

The food system will continue to suffer from a lack of strong leadership, and food price volatility will reign, say food experts and aid agencies following the first-ever G20 agricultural ministers’ conference to address food security and commodity regulation held this week in Paris. In particular, the contentious themes of biofuels and export bans remained unaddressed as big playersRead More …

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CIAT takes the lead with peer-reviewed video first

22 June, 2011 by (comments)

A team of entomologists at CIAT is the first in the CGIAR to publish in the world’s only peer-reviewed video journal. Dr. Soroush Parsa and his team produced a 10-minute video demonstrating the procedures for assessing spittlebug resistance in brachiaria grasses for the online publisher JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments. Established in 2006, JoVE has published over 1,200Read More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Multimedia @en, Regions

A new strategic European project will be launched by CIRAD at CIAT

20 June, 2011 by (comments)

Towards a Latin America & Caribbean Knowledge Based Bio-Economy (KBBE) in partnership with Europe More than 25 experts on the bio-economy will be attending a three day meeting, 22-24 June, to participate in the official launch of this new strategic project called “Towards a Latin America & Caribbean Knowledge Based Bio-Economy (KBBE), in partnership with Europe”, better known asRead More …

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