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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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

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.


Filed Under: Africa @en, Regions

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

Global Cassava Modelling Consortium – launched at GCP21-II in Uganda

19 June, 2012 by (comments)

A new global alliance of crop and climate scientists could help boost research into one of the most promising, climate-smart crops – cassava. Research published by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the CGIAR’s Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Research Program earlier this year found that this vital food crop – consumed by around 500mRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Cassava @en, Climate Change

Two Degrees Up climate change films published by Reuters AlertNet

19 June, 2012 by (comments)

The Two Degrees Up series of short films about the possible impact of climate change on smallholder agriculture has recently been published by Reuters AlertNet. The films, originally produced to coincide with the launch of the CGIAR’s Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Research Program, take a look at what a two-degree Celsius increase in average temperature –Read More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, CIAT in the media, Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean, Multimedia @en