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 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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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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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 …


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Can Colombia lead the way to the agriculture of the future?

28 February, 2014 by (comments)

Climate change adaptation is a big concept, one that doesn’t get any simpler when applied to agriculture. The sector is affected by a range of factors, from climate, to socio-economics, to international trade policy. What’s more, climate change is unprecedented and adaptation is thus a work-in-progress; there are very few – if any – past examples to learn from.Read More …

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