Transforming gender norms in agriculture for greater development impact

27 June, 2014 by (comments)

The CGIAR has embarked on a global study of gender norms to increase the development impact of its research programs. The study intends to further our understanding of influential gender dynamics, so that programs can be better targeted and innovations better designed. Women represent 43% of the world’s agricultural labor force. Yet, unequal social relations and “gender norms” tendRead More …

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Filed Under: Gender

A fight to the finish against climate change

25 June, 2014 by (comments)

This post was first published on the Inter-American Development Bank’s Partnerships for Development blog. When you go up against a tough opponent like climate change, you had best go in the company of heavyweights. This is the prudent thinking that prompted the Inter-American Development Bank and the Colombia-based International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) – a member of theRead More …

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

Mitigating climate change – every little bit helps

25 June, 2014 by (comments)

If only we could put a little bit of extra carbon into our soils – that could save the planet from overheating, or so the theory goes. After all, of all the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere that are causing global temperatures to rise, and thus climate change, carbon dioxide (CO2) is by far the most important. Put carbonRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Climate Change, Regions, Soils, Soils website

Chocolate? Sure, as long as it’s 55% shade

16 June, 2014 by (comments)

I personally like dark chocolate, with 70% cocoa or more. But if my chocolate can also be climate friendly, even better. This is where the shade percentage matters. Let’s take a look at cocoa production then. Brazil was once among the world’s main cocoa producers, but yield levels have declined in the 1990s due to a combination of agronomicRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en, Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean

Smart development in 5 questions

11 June, 2014 by (comments)

Customer service is at the heart of business. Companies tirelessly survey and sound out their clients, and adapt their strategies and products as necessary. Why should it be different when it comes to development? A new approach proposed by a group of researchers at CIAT intends to do just that: get continuous feedback from project stakeholders and make immediateRead More …

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CIAT Strategy launch makes a splash in Asia  

2 June, 2014 by (comments)

CIAT made a splash in Vietnam’s media this week as Director General Dr. Ruben Echeverría and Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences (VAAS) President Dr. Nguyen Van Bo launched the global strategy in Hanoi. News of the strategy’s key message of promoting eco-efficiency in agriculture, in a region where economic growth and increasing urbanization have implications for environmental pollution, struck aRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, CIAT in the media, Press Releases