RWANDA: Release of iron-rich climbing beans featured by AllAfrica

21 June, 2012 by (comments)

The release in Rwanda of five new, nutritionally-improved climbing bean varieties, has been covered by news network AllAfrica. The high-iron beans were developed by the Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) using seeds from CIAT’s gene bank in Colombia, as part of the HarvestPlus program. Take a look:

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GCP21-II: IRIN features CIAT research on cassava and climate change

21 June, 2012 by (comments)

News network IRIN has featured CIAT’s “Rambo root” research on cassava and climate change, as part of its coverage of the Global Cassava Partnership conference in Kampala, Uganda, this week.

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A Clearer Picture of Farms and Forests at Rio+20

20 June, 2012 by (comments)

Though farms and forests are often described in terms of black and white, shades of grey would appear to be the more appropriate palette for depicting the complex links between these two sectors. Two events taking place this week alongside Rio+20 drove home that message. One was a science discussion panel on forests, energy, food, and income, which formedRead More …

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Rwanda Releases Iron-Rich Beans to Improve Public Health for Millions

20 June, 2012 by (comments)

Kigali, Rwanda / Washington D.C, June 20, 2012 The Rwanda Government today announced the release of five new iron‐rich bean varieties that could provide more iron in the diets of millions of Rwandese who eat beans every day. Iron deficiency is widely prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa. During childhood and adolescence, it lowers resistance to disease and impairs learning capacity. Read More …

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Scientists develop first satellite deforestation tracker for whole of Latin America

19 June, 2012 by (comments)

An international team of researchers in Colombia, the UK, USA and Switzerland have developed the first ever system to monitor deforestation across Latin America in near real-time using satellite data. Preliminary results from the new system reveal that in parts of Colombia, deforestation has increased by 340 per cent since 2004; and over a million hectares of forest haveRead More …

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From microbes to markets – gearing up for the ISFM 2012 conference in Nairobi

19 June, 2012 by (comments)

You have until July 31st to submit your abstract to the Integrated Soil Fertility Management in Africa: From Microbes to Markets conference 2012, to be held in Nairobi in October. The event is co-hosted by CIAT and the University of Nairobi. Click below to visit the official website and stay tuned to the CIAT website for more.


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GCP21: Southern Brazil – the next pest hotspot for cassava?

19 June, 2012 by (comments)

Warmer winters are contributing to a dangerous build-up of crop pests in the cassava-producing region of southern Brazil, according to scientists at CIAT. Potentially devastating pests such as the cassava mealybug, whitefly, lacebug and green mite – which were normally kept in check by occasional frosts and crop management practices – are now reported to be on the rise.Read More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Cassava @en, Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean