Food for tomorrow: thinking outside the box

22 January, 2016 by (comments)

Cassava is a crop that likes a challenge. It can tolerate drought, heat or infertile soils as agriculture intensifies and populations grow. It is a carbohydrate source for 500 million people globally and a staple in Africa, Asia and South America, accounting for 53, 33 and 14 percent of global production respectively. Yet during the week-long World Congress onRead More …

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Honor for major food security contributions in Southeast Asia

19 January, 2016 by (comments)

Two scientists with a long history of collaboration with CIAT have been honored for contributions towards the world’s most widely grown cassava variety – now grown by 60 to 75 percent of all cassava farmers in Thailand and Vietnam – and a key food security crop and source of income throughout Southeast Asia. At the week-long World Congress onRead More …

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

A smart revolution: World Congress in Asia

13 January, 2016 by (comments)

If you’re on a diet in 2016, restricting your carb intake might be on your list of New Year’s resolutions. But around the world, demand is on the rise for starch and other forms of carbohydrate, as incomes rise and consumer preferences change. It might seem strange that demand for a starchy root crop would increase with higher incomes.Read More …

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

Global research centers unite for bigger impact  

18 December, 2015 by (comments)

A major national consultation took place in Hanoi, Vietnam this week, to unite key players in agricultural research and define a collaborative road-map to deliver impact. The meeting comes during a crucial phase in CGIAR restructuring, as a second phase of Center Research Program (CRP) themes are further refined to be rolled out next year. Inputs from national participantsRead More …


Filed Under: Inside Asia, Inside CIAT

What’s in your noodle soup?

9 December, 2015 by (comments)

You may never have heard of it before. A globetrotting crop by all accounts, it’s thought to have been introduced into Southeast Asia in the Philippines from Mexico in the 19th Century. As our diet becomes ever more complex, cassava – or tapioca – a root crop like sweet potato originally from South America, has been transformed far from it’s center ofRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Cassava @en, Climate Change, Climate Change website, Crop diversity, Crops @en, Crops website, Regions

Not so dirt cheap

7 December, 2015 by (comments)

The coffee on your desk might never have arrived this morning. Deforestation rates in Ethiopia – one of the world’s top coffee exporters – are so high, records show, that forest is slashed from 40 to less than 3 percent of the country. As well as surviving deforestation, those most prized coffee beans would also have fought for every nutrient andRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Regions, Soils, Soils website

The bitter-sweet taste of Indonesia’s chocolate

25 November, 2015 by (comments)

An environmental disaster is unfolding in Asia. The “haze” plumes of smoke from Indonesia, where El Nino has stirred up more peatland fires, have since September topped average daily emissions in the US, with the smog stretching to nearby countries. During 1997, one of the worst years on record, the annual fires cost the government an estimated US$20 billionRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Climate Change, Climate Change website, Crops website, Regions