Water harvesting project makes a splash

24 November, 2011 by (comments)

If you’ve been following the CIAT blog for the last few months, you’ll know we’ve been getting rather excited about a series of water harvesting pilot projects going on in Nicaragua, which have completely transformed food production there. This is much, much more than just collecting rainwater in buckets. Read more about it in this piece, published by theRead More …

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Fields on Fire – tackling Punjab’s burning desire

22 November, 2011 by (comments)

At around 4pm, black wisps of burnt rice straw snow down on Sangrur. Late October and early November in Punjab, India, is the time when hundreds of thousands of rice farmers, having harvested their crop, rush to clear the land and prepare for the wheat season. This means lots of fires. Over a period of about a fortnight, moreRead More …

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Sweet potato doubles vitamin A intake – HarvestPlus study

22 November, 2011 by (comments)

Promising results just out from HarvestPlus, in the British Journal of Nutrition. It looks as though the orange sweet potato has been well-received in northern Mozambique, having been adopted by around 65 per cent those farmers who trialled it in Zambezia Province. The improved tuber was developed by crop breeders to contain higher levels of beta-carotene – which turnsRead More …

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The house made from apples

15 November, 2011 by (comments)

There are no apples on the trees in Burva village at this time of the year, but the impact of apples is everywhere. Take 58-year-old Balakram Thakur. He was born and raised in this, a traditional two-storey house made from wood, mud and stone: Now he lives here – literally the next house across the road – in aRead More …

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