The key to climate-friendly coffee production

28 March, 2014 by (comments)

The production of Arabica coffee has been particularly hard hit by climate change impacts and so have the many smallholder farmers in Latin America who directly depend on revenues from coffee to sustain their livelihoods. But Arabica production has also contributed its share to greenhouse gas emissions and to climate change, especially because large areas of coffee in Mexico,Read More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean

CIAT-inspired Mekong study highlights climate concerns

20 March, 2014 by (comments)

The Mekong River’s vast basin ecosystem snakes from the Tibetan plateau through Myanmar into the Lower Mekong Basin in Laos and Thailand. It filters into the Mekong Delta in the southern tip of Cambodia and Vietnam, finally emptying out into the South China Sea. Along the way, it supports 80 percent of communities living in it – an estimatedRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Climate Change, Climate Change website

Study on human diets whets the appetite of global media

17 March, 2014 by (comments)

A new study about the increasing homogeneity of global food supplies has produced, well, a gut reaction in mass media around the world. The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (PNAS) by scientists with CIAT, the Global Crop Diversity Trust, and several university partners. They report that, over the pastRead More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media, Crop diversity

Tracing Vietnam’s climate scars

10 March, 2014 by (comments)

Vietnam’s rugged northern terrain is characterized by sloping hills giving way to lush paddy fields and stretches of ancient tea. Yet the scars of climate change mark themselves in the landscape – scars which scientists and researchers are now using to piece together climate-smart solutions so communities can adapt to future weather shocks. Vietnam is among eight countries inRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Climate Change, Climate Change website

Arabica’s magic skin

5 March, 2014 by (comments)

Like the mysterious magic skin in the 19th century novel by French author Balzac, the area suitable for growing Arabica coffee in Mesoamerica is shrinking away as temperatures rise and rainfall patterns change, leaving smallholder coffee producers vulnerable and in need to adapt swiftly. Every year, we drink some 400 billion cups of coffee (1) around the world, makingRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean

Globalized diet: More food, less diversity, more associated risks

3 March, 2014 by (comments)

As experts have been suspecting for a while, and as many of us have certainly noticed, people’s diets around the world have become very similar. So much so that in the past 50 years the whole world has come to rely increasingly on just a few crops for most of its food supplies – including old favorites such asRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en, Beans @en, Cassava @en, Climate Change, Crop diversity, Crops @en, Press Releases, Rice @en