Cassava’s new dawn: 5,000 genotypes to be sequenced

16 December, 2011 by (comments)

Cassava is already one of the most important food crops in Africa, and probably the most important smallholder industrial crop in SE Asia. But a new project announced by CIAT and BGI to sequence no fewer than 5,000 cassava genotypes could unlock some of the crop’s as-yet undiscovered secrets, helping agricultural scientists find new cassava markets, and rise toRead More …

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Climate-smart agriculture is working – here’s some proof

3 December, 2011 by (comments)

If you want a quick crash course in climate-smart agriculture, this trailer will do it in 3 minutes. It was just shown at Agriculture and Rural Development Day (ARDD) – a side event at the COP17 climate change conference in Durban, South Africa, to introduce the day’s Learning Events, where delegates will find out the nitty gritty about howRead More …

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What’s important to you? – CCAFS picture feature in The Guardian

3 December, 2011 by (comments)

Climate change might be one of the most pressing issues of our time, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only thing on farmers’ minds. Understanding where climate change fits in is going to be crucial for developing adaptation and mitigation policies that really work. This picture set in today’s Guardian, from the village of Othidhe in south west Kenya,Read More …


Filed Under: CIAT in the media, Climate Change