Too hot for chocolate?

28 September, 2011 by (comments)

Only dentists will be happy about this news. It looks as though climate change is going to take a bite out of chocolate production, according to a new study by scientists at CIAT. As well as having the potential to affect the supply – and therefore the price – of chocolate, this is very worrying news for thousands ofRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Climate Change, Regions

Haitian mangoes ripe for export – new study

23 September, 2011 by (comments)

A new report has found that targeted mango production in Haiti could be one way to help smallholder farmers boost their incomes. Produced by CIAT in partnership with Catholic Relief Services, the report looks at opportunities for developing the mango value chain in the Caribbean nation, which is struggling to recover from last year’s devastating earthquake. It identifies opportunitiesRead More …

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

Nicaragua water harvesting film – now in Spanish

23 September, 2011 by (comments)

As international interest in the CIAT-FLAR water harvesting project in Nicaragua continues to grow, you can now watch the accompanying photofilm in Spanish. And don’t worry – you can can still watch it in English. Related posts: Nicaragua water harvesting story on Reuters Alertnet Just Add Water – food production transformed in drought-prone Nicaragua

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Filed Under: Crops @en

Rice roadmap provides an alternative to the quest for “mega-varieties”

8 September, 2011 by (comments)

Boosting rice production to feed a rapidly growing world population requires an urgent, coordinated global effort, according to a group of leading rice scientists. The scientists set out a roadmap for improving the “yield potential” of rice – the plant’s genetic capability to produce grain – during a special meeting of The Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP) at CIAT’sRead More …

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Filed Under: Crop diversity, Crops @en