This year 2012 CIAT is celebrating 45 years working in tropical agricultural research in collaboration with hundreds of partners in Colombia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia—aimed at generating positive impacts mainly for smallholder farmers.
To celebrate it, six events are being organized to take place at CIAT’s headquarters in Colombia and elsewhere around the world to raise awareness of the diversity and scope of the Center’s science.
The agenda starts with the joint participation of CIAT with the CGIAR Consortium, Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa), and International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, also referred to as Rio+20, on 18 June in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The event will provide an opportunity to assess evidence of the role played by tropical forages in climate change mitigation and improving farmers’ livelihoods.
From 3 to 6 July, various celebration events will take place at CIAT’s headquarters in Palmira, Colombia. The week will be dedicated to deepening our understanding of the eco-efficiency concept, its potential, and benefits. The 3rd of July will be Eco-Efficiency Day. On the 5th, a forum will be held, titled “Eco-Efficiency: A Key to Competitive Agriculture in Colombia?” On the 6th, the CIAT alumni network will be officially launched, and a workshop will be held under the title “The Colombian Diaspora of Ex-CIAT Staff: An Asset for Research and Development.”
Two events are being organized for September: one on the 12th, at the Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences (VAAS) in Hanoi, the host institute of CIAT’s regional office for Asia; and another on the 19th at the University of Göttingen, Germany, within the framework of Tropentag 2012, which this year focuses on resilience of agricultural systems in times of crisis.
Find out more about the anniversary agenda at: http://www.ciat.cgiar.org/AboutUs/Paginas/ciat_45_years.aspx
We all are part of this celebration!
On the occasion of the 45th anniversary, we would like to share with you all a series of posts, which will be progressively released from now on, publicizing the Center’s main achievements and impacts, jointly achieved with numerous partners worldwide, on key crops and themes such as beans, cassava, tropical forages, rice, and capacity strengthening.
At the same time, we will keep you informed of the progress of the anniversary agenda, highlights on the profiles of the panelists and facilitators who will join us during the Forum on the 5th of July, and updates on our participation at Rio+20.
Another set of posts will aim at promoting new publications that CIAT will be launching throughout the year, to deepen our understanding of eco-efficient agriculture and its ability to improve livelihoods by increasing productivity, while reducing negative environmental impacts through an economically and ecologically prudent use of natural resources.