Tackling malnutrition – with food, not pills

16 June, 2010 by (comments)

We’re sure you’ll be keen to read Michael Latham of Cornell University’s scathing comment piece, The great vitamin A fiasco, published in the first edition of the online journal World Nutrition recently. The article is an extensive, critical account of how the international nutrition community has responded to worldwide vitamin A deficiency by focusing on distributing vitamin A supplements,Read More …

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In the news: Reuters covers CIAT’s work on coffee and climate change

19 May, 2010 by (comments)

CIAT’s Peter Laderach is quoted by leading news agency Reuters today, in an article about the threats and challenges of climate change to coffee production in Central America. Laderach, of CIAT’s Decision and Policy Analysis (DAPA) program, has been working with partner Catholic Relief Services (CRS) on the Coffee Under Pressure project to assess the risks to arabica coffeeRead More …

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Former CIAT board member leads race to become the next Colombian president

19 May, 2010 by (comments)

Ex-CIAT Board of Trustees (BOT) member Antanus Mockus is currently favourite to become the next president of Colombia, as the country gears up for national elections at the end of the month. The philosopher and mathematician, who is also leader of the Green Party, is known for his unconventional policies and publicity stunts. He served as an “ex-officio” memberRead More …

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CIAT’s Andy Jarvis speaks to Mexican press

12 May, 2010 by (comments)

CIAT’s Andy Jarvis is quoted extensively in an article in Mexico City’s daily newspaper El Universal. The Decision and Policy Analysis Program leader, pictured above at CIAT’s Annual Program Review last week, was interviewed by journalists from the newspaper at the recent GCARD meeting in France. The resulting article, which appeared in yesterday’s Society section, looks at the threatRead More …

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CLAYUCA featured in New Agriculturist

12 May, 2010 by (comments)

The CIAT-based Latin American and Caribbean Consortium to Support Cassava Research and Development (CLAYUCA) features in the latest edition of New Agriculturist, as an example of effective public-private partnerships. Click to read Cassava development in the networking age.

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New audio slideshow – Carlos Pérez del Castillo on CGIAR reform

7 May, 2010 by (comments)

CIAT’s Annual Program Review is well underway, and following yesterday’s keynote addresses, we caught up with Carlos Pérez del Castillo, Chairman of the CGIAR Consortium Board, who is now in charge of the CGIAR reform process. These reforms are to ensure the CGIAR is as effective as possible in finding sustainable scientific solutions to hunger. This 2-minute audio slideshowRead More …

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Amazon study fuels soybean debate

6 May, 2010 by (comments)

A recently-published study by a team of scientists at CIAT and McGill University in Canada suggests that increased soybean production could be indirectly causing deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. Although the study, published last week in the journal Environmental Research Letters, makes no direct causal link between soy production and deforestation, it adds to a growing body of researchRead More …

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