Nicaragua water harvesting story on Reuters AlertNet

30 August, 2011 by (comments)

AlertNet, the arm of the Reuters news agency that exclusively covers humanitarian and development issues, has just published an article on their blog about a CIAT-FLAR project to harvest rainwater in drought-prone Nicaragua. The photofilm should be visible there too, any moment. In the meantime, click to read how Victor Beltran’s farm has been quickly transformed, allowing him toRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en

Cassava threats: CIAT’s Tony Bellotti interviewed on Radio France Internationale

23 August, 2011 by (comments)

Have a listen to CIAT entomologist Tony Bellotti, speaking on Radio France Internationale today, about the recent CIAT study into the possible hotspots for outbreaks of some of the most formidable pests and diseases of cassava. While the report identifies several key areas ripe for infestation, it also makes recommendations for farmers, and the international community, to prepare forRead More …

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Cassava: preparing for a perfect storm

18 August, 2011 by (comments)

Just one outbreak of a significant crop pest or disease is worrying enough for many farmers. But what about four at the same time? And what if that crop is both the third-most important food source in the tropics, as well as a crucial industrial crop grown by smallholders? New CIAT research just published in the journal Food Security revealsRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Asia @en, Cassava @en, Crops @en, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

CIAT and partners toast new BREAD project

10 August, 2011 by (comments)

A pioneering initiative by scientists at CIAT, our sister center the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the University of California-Davis, could significantly speed-up the improvement of cassava and banana crops, and help to transform breeding and production systems. It was one of just six projects to be approved in this year’s highly competitive round of prestigious BREADRead More …

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Biofortification: CIAT in the spotlight

8 August, 2011 by (comments)

If you happened to pick up a copy of The Seattle Times this morning, you might recognise CIAT’s Steve Beebe and Hernan Ceballos on the front page. The lead article The quest for a bean to fight world hunger looks at the role of organisations like CIAT and the HarvestPlus initiative in developing nutritionally-improved crops. Click to read theRead More …

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CIAT’s genebank featured in The Seattle Times

8 August, 2011 by (comments)

Pest resistance. Climate change adaptation. Improved nutrition… If you still need to be convinced of the global importance of plant genetic conservation, take a look at a second article published today in The Seattle Times. It features CIAT’s Genetic Resources program leader Daniel Debouck, and makes a strong case for the role of conservation in helping farmers and cropRead More …

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Gender & climate change: the challenge ahead

8 August, 2011 by (comments)

Climate change will disproportionately affect women and marginalised groups, and adaptation will reinforce discrimination and inequality unless decisive action is taken, according to a report commissioned by CIAT and the Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA). Climate Change and Gender, by Valerie Nelson of the National Resources Institute at the UK’s University of Greenwich, compiles a wide range of recentRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en, Gender