Ecosystems services research in Asia: future possibilities

3 August, 2015 by (comments)

Today’s brown bag seminar – a monthly lunch-seminar series for information-sharing between CGIAR researchers in Southeast Asia – was presented by Marcela Quintero, Ecosystem Services theme leader at the Decision and Policy Analysis Research Area of CIAT. Her presentation: “CIAT’s Ecosystem Services Strategic Initiative; ongoing work in Latin America and opportunities for consolidation in Asia,” showcased a success story from Peru, and outlinedRead More …


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Farmers debate their options in a changing climate

31 July, 2015 by (comments)

From cold snaps to intense rainfall, changing weather in the last two decades has not gone unnoticed by residents of Ma climate-smart village in Vietnam’s Yen Bai province. But weighing up options to adapt to changes and build resilience on village farms is not straight-forward. “This water used to be a stream flowing from the mountains,” said one farmer, pointingRead More …


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Cassava mealybug awareness campaign launched in Vietnam

15 July, 2015 by (comments)

By Yen Le Hoang A campaign to raise awareness about the destructive cassava mealybug has been launched in Phu Yen Province, Vietnam. Organized by the local Plant Protection Sub-Department (PPSD) and the national Agricultural Extension Center, the launch was attended by representatives from departments of Agriculture and Rural Development, Extension and Plant Protection, the Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT),Read More …

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Asia’s prized climate-resilient cash crop

25 June, 2015 by (comments)

Seeds of change In Southeast Asia, cassava is grown by over eight million farmers as a primary source of income and calories, especially among poor, rural upland communities. Despite years of research neglect and stagnating yields during the 1980s, cassava has had a dramatic come-back as a popular cash crop – but it still needs to be coupled withRead More …

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Soil science: a global concern

17 June, 2015 by (comments)

By Vinh Le Bui During my recent trip to Nairobi, I had the opportunity to spend a few weeks with the dynamic soils team. It was enlightening because I discovered that as well as the many common problems faced in Africa as in Asia, there are also common solutions. Although prices are generally higher in Africa than the average world’sRead More …


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Why multi-stakeholder collaboration is essential

17 June, 2015 by (comments)

At the 10th joint ICRAF-CIAT Brown Bag Seminar sessions in Hanoi,  Marc Schut, a social scientist working with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and Wageningen University (WUR), based with IITA in Bujumbura, Burundi, gave a presentation on multi-stakeholder collaboration. He holds a MSc in Agro-ecological Knowledge and Social Change and a PhD in Communication and Innovation Studies fromRead More …

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Regional Workshop on Climate Smart Agriculture Technologies

17 June, 2015 by (comments)

Scientists and experts in agriculture and climate change from across Asia gathered in Manila, the Philippines from June 2-4th, to discuss climate-smart agricultural technologies for the region. Participants came from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka Nepal, and Bhutan, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Mongolia. Among them, Nora Guerten and Andy Jarvis represented CIAT. AgricultureRead More …

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