CIAT’s director general Ruben Echeverría speaks to Australia’s ABC Radio

30 July, 2012 by (comments)

CIAT’s director general talks to Australia’s ABC radio’s PM program, about CIAT, the “perfect storm” of challenges facing smallholder farmers in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and how these can be overcome through scientific research. You can listen and read the transcript here.

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Asia @en, CIAT in the media, Latin America and the Caribbean

Groundwork for Success – new CCAFS annual report out now

30 July, 2012 by (comments)

The 2011 annual report for  one of the CGIAR’s biggest Research Programs, CCAFS (Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security), has just been released. It documents the work undertaken during the first year of the program – jointly coordinated with the Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP) – to develop and promote climate-smart agriculture. Click to download Groundwork for Success (6Mb).Read More …

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CIAT’s cassava work in SE Asia on ABC Radio Australia

27 July, 2012 by (comments)

CIAT Asia’s Regional Coordinator, Rod Lefroy, speaks to ABC Radio Australia about the importance of cassava in SE Asia,  the possible impacts of climate change on the crop, and some of the pest and disease challenges facing smallholder cassava producers in the region. Click to listen.  

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Cassava @en, CIAT in the media, Climate Change

Uruguay – a small country, big in rice

27 July, 2012 by (comments)
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The latest edition of Rice Today, produced by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), features rice production in… Uruguay. This small country in the temperate south-east of South America is something of an outlier in the rice world, pursuing its own brand of high-value rice production, and in so doing has managed to carve out its own place inRead More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media, Latin America and the Caribbean, Rice @en

Breaking Ground – the new annual report from HarvestPlus – out now

24 July, 2012 by (comments)

The 2011 annual report from HarvestPlus – the  initiative tasked with developing nutrition-rich staple crops for Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia – is now available. The announcement on the HarvestPlus website gives a tantalising taster of what’s inside: You can learn more about Benard, a farmer in Zambia who is testing vitamin A maize, and Alamgir, a plant breederRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Asia @en, Crops @en

Launch of the book Eco-Efficiency: From Vision to Reality

17 July, 2012 by (comments)

Within the framework of the celebration of its 45th anniversary, CIAT launched the book Eco-Efficiency: From Vision to Reality, the first in a series of publications titled Issues in Tropical Agriculture. The publication, authored by a group of CIAT scientists and colleagues from 18 partner organizations, was presented to the Center staff on July 3rd. The book charts sixRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Agro-ecology and Economics @en, Asia @en, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

Why I wish I’d ignored Jeff’s advice …just once

16 July, 2012 by (comments)

The last time I was in Nairobi – the end of last month – I arrived in the early evening. After a long day in the field, I was so muddy I had to walk through the hotel lobby in my socks. Jeff had returned from Rio+20 the day before. Although he was on the other side of town,Read More …


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