Beans that Can Beat the Heat

24 March, 2015 by (comments)

Responding to fears that bean production will take a big hit from global warming, CIAT scientists have identified about 30 “elite” lines showing tolerance to temperatures 4 degrees Centigrade above the crop’s normal “comfort zone.” Research on these beans, which is supported by the CGIAR Fund and documented in a recent CGIAR report, represents a major contribution to theRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Beans @en, Climate Change, Crop diversity, Crops @en, Latin America and the Caribbean

Africa’s first Water Fund to tackle rising threats to food security, water and energy supplies

19 March, 2015 by (comments)

Every rainy season Jane Kabugi’s home comes under attack. The torrential rain so desperately needed downstream to fuel Kenya’s rising electricity demands – and Nairobi’s water requirements – has literally been tearing her home and farm apart. “There was a time when this house of mine was almost gone; it was starting to crack. An engineer came and saidRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Press Releases, Soils, Soils website

Women as drivers of positive change

5 March, 2015 by (comments)

In many developing countries, women play a major role in agricultural activity. They can be responsible for growing and selling crops and livestock, in addition to taking care of the household and all the members of the family. As a result of climate change – which can exacerbate pests and plant diseases, degraded landscapes, declined soil fertility, reduced yields,Read More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Gender, Multimedia @en

From field to lab: whose priorities count?

4 March, 2015 by (comments)

Making decisions in the lab about what crop traits to improve over others, already assumes that one trait is more desirable than another. Increasingly, involving communities is essential for researchers to ensure that improvements to crop varieties are demand-driven by farmers. Rather than being confined to the lab, researchers are increasingly aware of the social context within which theyRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en, Gender

Initiative 20×20 Begins in 2015

2 March, 2015 by (comments)

Representatives of various partner institutions of the Initiative 20×20 came together at CIAT, Colombia, on 12 February this year. The CIAT Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) had organized a business plan meeting to articulate the enormous financial, political, and technical efforts needed to restore 20 million hectares of degraded land in LAC by year 2020. Among theRead More …

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Filed Under: Inside CIAT, Inside LAC, Latin America and the Caribbean