CoCoon meeting concludes

24 September, 2009 by (comments)

The CoCoon Matchmaking meeting entered its second and final day. There was a positive response to the diversity amongst participants after the official opening by Vice Minister, Claudia Mora, and Dr. Marion Kappeyne, Ambassador of the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Colombia. The meeting continued with its three main themes: combining scientific and action research, capacity development, and alliances andRead More …


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Vice Minister supports CoCoon initiative at CIAT

22 September, 2009 by (comments)

Colombia’s Vice Minister of Environment, Housing and Territorial Development, Claudia Mora, was at CIAT today, to speak at the Conflict and Cooperation over Natural Resources (CoCoon) Matchmaking meeting. The two-day conference at CIAT’s headquarters in Palmira has brought together experts to help strengthen regional ties in Central and South America. The resulting regional consortium, along with those formed inRead More …

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An Insight into Beans and Cassava

21 May, 2009 by (comments)

Day four of Knowledge Sharing Week continues. In the Agrobiodiversity session, CIAT’s Steve Beebe spoke about the Pan-African Bean Research Alliance (PABRA) and, amongst other issues, what the Alliance is doing in order to reach more end users. You can see the slideshow here. According to Hernan Ceballos, Cassava Program Leader, cassava was championed as “an ideal vehicle forRead More …

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Africa’s Development Initiatives

20 May, 2009 by (comments)

Participants in Knowledge Sharing Week 2009 have been taking a closer look at some of CIAT and it partners’ development initiatives in Africa. The African Soil Information Service (AfSIS) is exciting example. An organization working with TSBF in 42 African countries, its core business is to address some of the soil constraints that African farmers face, for example erosion.Read More …


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Introducing CIAT in Africa

19 May, 2009 by (comments)

During the Tuesday morning session of the Knowledge Sharing Week, Nteranya Sanginga welcomed the Director-General Ruben Echeverria to CIAT, and also invited him to visit the organization’s Africa office. Sanginga then provided a presentation on the highlights of the Tropical Soil Biology Fertility (TSBF) program. He introduced AfSIS and AfNET, important inititatives that aim to partner with many organizationsRead More …


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Exploring Eco-Efficient Agriculture

18 May, 2009 by (comments)

Joe Tohme opened the Eco-Efficient Agriculture session, offering several definitions of the term, ranging from one paragraph to two pages – you can find out more here: The highlights of the session as a whole included presentations and discussions about the benefits and impacts of eco-efficiency. Speakers also covered the abiotic constraints, pest and disease threats, the importance ofRead More …

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