Why investing in scientific research in Africa is essential – Robin Buruchara

10 July, 2013 by (comments)

With Africa Agriculture Science Week in Ghana fast approaching, here’s an opinion piece to set the scene, from CIAT’s Africa Coordinator, Robin Buruchara. Robin has been well-placed to witness the impact of investments in agricultural research in Africa over the years, and shares his views on why it should continue. This article was first published in This is Africa,Read More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Beans @en, CIAT in the media

South Sudan: PABRA membership promises better beans for world’s newest country

4 July, 2013 by (comments)

South Sudan has joined the Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA). The world’s newest country, which will celebrate its second birthday this month, officially became the 29th member of the CIAT-coordinated network following a signing at the federal Ministry of Agriculture in the capital Juba, recently. Beans are a major staple in South Sudan, but two decades of war andRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Beans @en, Crops @en, Regions

“Game changing technologies” needed to fight cassava diseases

9 June, 2013 by (comments)

Alarming outbreaks of two devastating cassava diseases in Africa have prompted an alliance of experts to make an unprecedented international commitment to tackle them. Members of the Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century (GCP21) announced plans for the sweeping set of measures to impede the spread of the flesh-eating cassava brown streak disease (CBSD) and cassava mosaic diseaseRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Asia @en, Cassava @en, Crop diversity, Crops website, Latin America and the Caribbean

If chocolate is doomed, are we too?

4 June, 2013 by (comments)

If you had to name a crop that was absolutely essential to human survival you probably wouldn’t say cocoa straight off the bat. But the crop that’s the main raw ingredient in chocolate is one we should all be paying close attention to – and here’s why. Back in September 2011 CIAT scientists produced a report on the likelyRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Climate Change, Climate Change website

Terra-i snapshots #1: A quick tour of some deforestation hotspots… and at least one reason for optimism

8 May, 2013 by (comments)

Tucked away at the back of the one storey building that is CIAT’s Decision and Policy Analysis Research Area, is a door marked E0-30. Inside is a warren of offices, one of which is the Terra-i nerve centre. Here programmers and GIS experts use images from satellites hundreds of kilometres above Earth to track deforestation in Latin America inRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean

Flesh-eating cassava virus pushes west across Africa

6 May, 2013 by (comments)

Scientists are struggling to contain a flesh-eating virus sweeping across the cassava plantations of Africa, destined for the world’s biggest producer and consumer, Nigeria. The devastating epidemic of Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD) has already made it halfway across the continent, with reports of new outbreaks in DR Congo – the world’s third largest producer – and Angola, whereRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Cassava @en, Climate Change, Climate Change website, Crop diversity, Inside CIAT

Hybrid rice for Latin America

23 April, 2013 by (comments)

Published in the CIAT Annual report 2012-2013, out now. A new public-private partnership across Latin America promises to boost rice productivity and could help bolster the region as an emerging food basket for the world. Launched in 2012, the Hybrid Rice Consortium for Latin America (HIAAL, by its Spanish acronym) brings CIAT researchers together with other rice scientists, traders,Read More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en, Crops website, Rice @en