Data and Information Management Plan 2015 – 2016

18 December, 2014 by (comments)

Since the arrival of Leroy Mwanzia as Data and Information Manager at CIAT, the team has been working on an action plan for 2015. The visit of Luz Marina Alvare from IFPRI helped a great deal in identifying our priorities. We now have set ourselves concrete objectives which are part of CIAT’s Business Plan related to the publishing ofRead More …


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A powerful voice for climate-smart agriculture in the tropics

16 December, 2014 by (comments)

An interview by Margaret Zeigler, Executive Director of the Global Harvest Initiative, with Ruben G. Echeverría, Director General of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). With hundreds of millions of smallholder farmers producing food and other agricultural products in the tropics, there is an urgent need to help them adapt to a changing climate, which is already impactingRead More …


Filed Under: Crops @en

Cutting down on Amazon deforestation: Watch, think, and act

10 December, 2014 by (comments)

Reducing deforestation in the Amazon is possible – Brazil has done it. Now it’s the turn of other Amazon countries to do something. With Terra-i and other Global Forest Watch contributors, let’s start by monitoring land cover changes in the region to better pinpoint drivers of deforestation and formulate appropriate responses.       Between 2004 and 2011, BrazilRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean

Initiative 20×20: Getting large-scale land restoration on track

9 December, 2014 by (comments)

Last Sunday, government ministers from six Latin America countries joined a half dozen private investors at the Global Landscape Forum (held alongside the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru) to launch Initiative 20×20. Led by the World Resources Institute and supported by CIAT, the initiative aims to get the restoration of 20 million hectares of degraded land on track by 2020.Read More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media, Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean

Emergency taskforce to tackle cassava curse in Cambodia

8 December, 2014 by (comments)

Efforts to contain and control a devastating threat facing cassava farmers and industry in Cambodia will be ramped up this week. A regional taskforce brings together local and international cassava researchers, local government officials and extension officers to hammer out an emergency action plan to tackle a deadly cassava disease and stamp it out. Cassava, cultivated by many poor farmers in Cambodia, is threatenedRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Cassava @en, Crops @en, Crops website, Press Releases, Regions

Down to earth data

5 December, 2014 by (comments)

  “Diversity.” It’s not often you get a one word answer from researchers, given the complexity of their work, but that’s the answer CIAT’s soil scientist Rolf Sommer gave when asked his impression of Lushoto district nestling in north-eastern Tanzania’s Usambara Mountains. Then he was whisked off into a meeting. On first arriving in Lushoto town, after winding upRead More …

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

Could climate change spell trouble for Kenya’s largest river?

2 December, 2014 by (comments)

This post first appeared on the Thomson Reuters Foundation climate blog.  Ahead of the Global Landscape Forum in Peru, it helps to remember exactly why landscapes are important. They give us the bigger picture, to connect the dots between the many people who use an ecosystem and what for. It’s that bigger picture which helps put climate change into perspective. InRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, CIAT in the media, Climate Change, Climate Change website, Regions, Soils, Soils website