Supporting research for impact in Ugandan universities

31 October, 2014 by (comments)

CIAT has signed an MOU with the Government of Uganda represented by the Ministry of Education and Sports for a capacity building project ‘Support to Higher Education, Science and Technology (HEST)’. Under this Africa Development Bank (AfDB) funded project, CIAT will seek to enhancing delivery of research products by supporting students in universities in Uganda to carry out research onRead More …


Filed Under: Inside Africa, Inside CIAT

Profiles on climate-smart agriculture presented to standing-room-only World Bank audience

30 October, 2014 by (comments)

Building on prior experience to confront new challenges is a basic precept of ancient folk wisdom, which has informed actions in every sphere of human endeavor throughout history. Now, it also serves, logically, as the guiding principle for a novel effort aimed at getting a grip on climate change in the agriculture of Latin America and the Caribbean. WithRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

An African grass comes home for good – Part 2: Biodiversity to the rescue

23 October, 2014 by (comments)

Of all the efforts now underway to incorporate improved Brachiaria grass into Africa’s mixed farming (see part 1 in this blog series), the biggest and most successful was prompted less by its well-known value as livestock feed and more by another important role for the grass that CIAT scientists never imagined. This and other experiences with Brachiaria are summarizedRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Crop diversity, Crops @en, Regions, Tropical Forages

An African grass comes home for good – Part 1: Adding value to biodiversity

23 October, 2014 by (comments)

Ask any non-African what they usually associate with this continent – at least when a crisis like the current Ebola outbreak isn’t capturing everyone’s attention – and they’re likely to mention Africa’s spectacular big game. But what if someone were to make the case that a far less charismatic slice of Africa’s biological diversity – particularly an un-photogenic forageRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Crop diversity, Crops @en, Regions, Tropical Forages

Open data’s contribution to better research for development: The example of RTBMaps

20 October, 2014 by (comments)

RTBMaps is a flagship online atlas developed by the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) that provides all sorts of geographic information on RTB crops worldwide for the benefit of the research and development community. RTBMaps aggregates individual maps provided by researchers and scientists around the world through “scientific crowdsourcing”, hence compiling a wealth of criticalRead More …

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Filed Under: Cassava @en, Crop diversity

CIAT wins two WLE Science Outcome Awards

3 October, 2014 by (comments)

CIAT won two of three awards for ‘outstanding outcome story’ held by the Water, Land and Ecosystem Program (WLE) of the CGIAR. Fred Kizito’s work, quantifying ecosystem services as the basis for Payment for Ecosystem Services in the Upper Tana Basin of Kenya and Marcela Quintero’s work on Rewards for Ecosystem Services in watersheds in Peru both received $25,000Read More …


Filed Under: Inside Africa