Latin America – the world’s future rice bowl?

24 September, 2010 by (comments)

Latin America and the Caribbean could become “the world’s future rice bowl”, an international conference has heard. In his presentation to around 400 delegates at the XI International Rice conference for Latin America and the Caribbean, in Cali, Colombia this week, Bob Zeigler, director-general of CIAT’s sister center, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), outlined what the region needsRead More …

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Colombian president hears juicy details of CIAT-led fruit project

3 August, 2010 by (comments)

CIAT’s Andy Jarvis was delighted to get surprise chance to talk to Colombia’s president Alvaro Uribe about the organisation’s “revolutionary” new fruit project, last week. Uribe, who leaves office this week after completing two consecutive terms as president, visited CIAT and Asohofrucol’s exhibition stand at the Agro Del Pacífico 2010 trade fair at the three-day event in Cali onRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en, Inside CIAT, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions, Tropical Fruits

Colombia’s fruit “revolution” begins

29 July, 2010 by (comments)

An ambitious new project that could help transform horticulture in Colombia – by the power of knowledge alone – is underway. From August 2010, fruit producers from all over the country will begin recording precise information about their farming practices. The aim is to build a detailed national knowledge bank to help them improve and increase production. TheSite-Specific AgricultureRead More …

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Thai farmers aid spread of parasitic wasp

19 July, 2010 by (comments)

Thai cassava farmers came prepared for the official release of a swarm of parasitic wasps, which it is hoped will help the country tackle a devastating cassava mealybug epidemic. Some of them brought containers to collect their own samples of the tiny Anagyrus lopezi wasps. Around 400 farmers attended the release ceremony in northeastern Thailand on Saturday (July 18th),Read More …

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Wasp release creates media buzz

19 July, 2010 by (comments)

The release of South American parasitic wasps by the Thai Department of Agriculture to tackle an infestation of cassava mealybugs received wide international media interest over the weekend, which continues today. CIAT was closely involved in diagnosing the Thai mealybug outbreaks and issuing emergency guidenlines to contain them, as well as being part of the team that collected theRead More …

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Thailand in “sting operation” to kill cassava pest

15 July, 2010 by (comments)

Eco-efficient South American wasp to seek-and-destroy mealybug plague A carefully crafted emergency campaign is underway to thwart a pest outbreak wreaking havoc on cassava production in Thailand. Agricultural researchers from the Thai Department of Agriculture will release around a quarter of a million parasitic wasps in the northeastern part of the country tomorrow (July 17), as a form ofRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Cassava @en, Crops @en, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

CIAT forages featured in New Agriculturist

8 July, 2010 by (comments)

CIAT’s pioneering research into the forage grass brachiaria is featured in the latest edition of the DFID-funded online development magazine New Agriculturist. The article looks at brachiaria’s powerful nitrification inhibition capacity, which could help to significantly reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from livestock production and improve the eco-efficient use of fertilizers. Click to read Brachiaria – grass roots answerRead More …

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