The end of a life dedicated to making bean diversity available for humanity

29 January, 2015 by (comments)

CIAT mourns the loss of research assistant Orlando Toro-Chica, whose death on 22 January has deprived the Center’s Genetic Resources Program of a friend and a highly dedicated professional. He spent 40 years documenting the diversity of Phaseolus beans conserved in the Center’s genebank. An internationally recognized expert on bean genetic resources, Orlando was always willing to dedicate timeRead More …

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Filed Under: Crop diversity, Inside CIAT

Engendering bigger impact: making the other half count

27 January, 2015 by (comments)

Gelia Castillo has had her fair share of challenges as a female scientist. Now aged over 80, she remembers when, as one of the earliest pioneers of the social sciences in the patriarchal agricultural system, she was greeted by astonished colleagues: “Hello, but where is Dr. Castillo?” And yet, decades later, according to The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations,Read More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Crop diversity, Gender

Clever plant science is not enough on its own

26 January, 2015 by (comments)

Dr. Ruben G. Echeverría is Director General of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). The Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA) asked him how CIAT works, where it’s heading, and what other changes he foresees.  SFSA: How would you describe CIAT’s present position and focus? Ruben G. Echeverría*: CIAT is known for its ‘systems’ approach. We combine geneticRead More …


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Rethinking gender and the destructive process

20 January, 2015 by (comments)

  When the CGIAR Gender and Agriculture Research Network met this week, little did they know that destruction would actually be written into the agenda. Albeit constructive, creative destruction of course. Disruptive technology, or disruption caused by technological innovation and change, is today’s tech-savvy way of denoting positive change in an unpredictable environment. But disruptive, destructive processes are alsoRead More …

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Putting gender on the map

19 January, 2015 by (comments)

This week, the CGIAR Gender and Agriculture Research Network meet at the International Rice Research Institute in Los Baños, in the Philippines. Debate is expected to focus on how to make sure CGIAR research factors gender and social difference into its strategy and results, to enhance future planning and innovation. Formed in 2012, the  Network is composed of researchers engaged with social scienceRead More …

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CIAT to coordinate communications, knowledge sharing and information & data management of the CGIAR Gender and Agriculture Research Network

16 January, 2015 by (comments)

Formed in 2012, the CGIAR Gender and Agriculture Research Network is composed of researchers engaged with social science research on gender in agriculture and natural resource management across the fifteen global CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs). In recent months, the Network has taken decisive steps to establish a shared approach for measuring and reporting progress towards empowering women in agricultureRead More …


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Conversations with Nancy White around the implementation of CIAT’s internal communications strategy

7 January, 2015 by (comments)

Nancy, when I contacted you at the beginning of 2014, I was looking for support, through regular conversations (monthly one hour Skype calls), to discuss, and evaluate the implementation of CIAT’s internal communications strategy. What a treat! Wow, that you will a) take the time for reflective and action oriented conversations and, b) pay me for it is WONDERFUL. IRead More …


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