Mi cassava es tu cassava

30 September, 2015 by (comments)

New research shows just how much different regions of the world rely on each other for the foods they know and love – and why it’s time to share This world is really messed up. Especially when it comes to food – and specifically the plants we eat. Take for example, a hearty British roast dinner. With close competitionRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Crop diversity

A double win for CIAT scientists

29 September, 2015 by (comments)

Crossposted from: CIAT DAPA Blog. CIAT scientists are celebrating a double win after their new crowdsourcing approach to climate-smart agriculture (CSA) was selected for two ClimateCoLab awards. Organized by the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, the awards recognize the innovative use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in Climate Change research. The CIAT system enables farmers and scientists toRead More …

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Open letter to the heads of state attending the 70th UN General Assembly, September 2015, New York

18 September, 2015 by (comments)

Co-advancement of Agricultural and Natural Resource Management within the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Crossposted from: ILRI news The 17 global goals which you have supported the creation of are an unrivalled span of human aspiration covering everything from sharing prosperity, to protecting the planet, to promoting a more peaceful world. The commitments, resources and accountability that you haveRead More …

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The Economist Magazine Calls for an Increase in “Seed Money”

11 September, 2015 by (comments)

Reporters for The Economist write about banks all the time – but usually focus on the ones that are stuffed with money. This week, however, in an article titled Banks for bean counters, the heavyweight news magazine puts the spotlight on seed banks and their vital role in combating global hunger. The plant genetic resources stored in seed banksRead More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media

Video: the stakes are high

11 September, 2015 by (comments)

Demand for cassava in Asia is on the rise. As wet or dry starch, it’s in everything from noodles to pharmaceutical products, and has a growing niche in gluten-free and low fat foods. In Cambodia, this is a massive opportunity for smallholder farmers, who depend on income from the crop to support their livelihoods. But cassava intensification could have dramatic environmentalRead More …


Filed Under: Asia @en, Cassava @en, Crops @en, Regions

A brief introduction, from Robin Buruchara, Regional Director for Africa

2 September, 2015 by (comments)

This editorial from Robin Buruchara, Regional Director for Africa, welcomes readers to the first CIAT Africa e-Newsletter, published on 6 September 2015.  Over the last year I have met with many valued partners, donors and stakeholders – both new and old. And, for me, two recurring elements from those interactions stand out: First, that CIAT is in a very privilegedRead More …


Filed Under: Inside Africa, Inside CIAT

The evolution of CIAT in Africa – a brief history

2 September, 2015 by (comments)

The scene captured in this black and white photograph from March 1980 holds a special significance for the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). The week that these people met in Lilongwe, Malawi, they made a piece of CIAT history. While the idea of CIAT branching out of Latin America to share its bean expertise in Africa had beenRead More …

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Filed Under: Inside Africa, Inside CIAT