Agricultural research to prioritise nutrition

2 April, 2014 by (comments)

The role of agriculture isn’t just to feed us enough, it is to feed us well. This week the CGIAR Consortium placed the weight of its agricultural research expertise behind efforts to improve global nutrition and public health as it committed to make breeding for mineral and vitamin traits the norm in conventional food crop development programs. Frank Rijsberman,Read More …

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Filed Under: Beans @en, Cassava @en, Crop diversity, Crops website, Gender, Regions

International photo competition on forestry and gender

2 April, 2014 by (comments)

Photos knock down the world’s language barriers and connect people, particularly when it comes to agricultural issues in which the audiences are so diverse: farmers, rural and urban families, NGOs, public and private sector actors, donors, and students. The CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (CRP-FTA) and CIAT gender specialists would like to bring a twist toRead More …

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Filed Under: Gender, Inside CIAT

A cut above: the impact of quality forages

2 April, 2014 by (comments)

Surrounded by leafy green forages and a hill-view, the homestead of Xia Vang Lor and Nhia Lee is found at the end of a small rural road in north-eastern Laos. Bundles of cut grass for livestock are piled against the house, and at the back there is a cattle pen. “This one is worth US$3,250!” beams Xia Vang Lor,Read More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Crops @en, Tropical Forages

Rethinking seed aid in times of disaster

1 April, 2014 by (comments)

Drought in Ethiopia, flooding in Pakistan, earthquake in Haiti, conflict in Congo… Every year, the worlds’ vulnerable are hit by natural and man-made disasters, the frequency of which is set to increase, according to the latest report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) into the impact of climate change. Urgent action to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climateRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Agro-ecology and Economics @en, Climate Change, Crops @en