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Getting ahead of the trends in global diets

28 November, 2014 by (comments)

In agricultural research, time-frames are long and funding often short, so getting the priorities right is crucial. Scientific organizations must be doubly sure they’re focused on tomorrow’s challenges and not yesterday’s, if they expect to remain relevant and effective. This is the spirit in which CIAT’s Decision and Policy Analysis (DAPA) Research Area has prepared a new policy brief examiningRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en, Climate Change, Crop diversity, Crops @en

African agriculture on a journey of transformation

24 November, 2014 by (comments)

On 16 October, which coincidentally was World Food Day, Julius Byamukama, product manager of a food-processing company in Uganda’s southwestern Kabale District, travelled to the nation’s capital, Kampala, to put the finishing touches on an application for government certification of a new line of tasty and nutritious products. Once granted, this will open the door to national markets, greatlyRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Agro-ecology and Economics @en, Regions

Profiles on climate-smart agriculture presented to standing-room-only World Bank audience

30 October, 2014 by (comments)

Building on prior experience to confront new challenges is a basic precept of ancient folk wisdom, which has informed actions in every sphere of human endeavor throughout history. Now, it also serves, logically, as the guiding principle for a novel effort aimed at getting a grip on climate change in the agriculture of Latin America and the Caribbean. WithRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

An African grass comes home for good – Part 2: Biodiversity to the rescue

23 October, 2014 by (comments)

Of all the efforts now underway to incorporate improved Brachiaria grass into Africa’s mixed farming (see part 1 in this blog series), the biggest and most successful was prompted less by its well-known value as livestock feed and more by another important role for the grass that CIAT scientists never imagined. This and other experiences with Brachiaria are summarizedRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Crop diversity, Crops @en, Regions, Tropical Forages

An African grass comes home for good – Part 1: Adding value to biodiversity

23 October, 2014 by (comments)

Ask any non-African what they usually associate with this continent – at least when a crisis like the current Ebola outbreak isn’t capturing everyone’s attention – and they’re likely to mention Africa’s spectacular big game. But what if someone were to make the case that a far less charismatic slice of Africa’s biological diversity – particularly an un-photogenic forageRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Crop diversity, Crops @en, Regions, Tropical Forages

CIAT and the Climate Chorus in NYC

22 September, 2014 by (comments)

As world leaders, environmental activists, scientists, and others gather for the more than 120 events taking place during Climate Week NYC (22-28 September), CIAT is there, adding its voice to the call for action on climate change. On Monday, 22 September, Center scientists who are among the winners of the Big Data Climate Challenge made presentations on their workRead More …

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UN awards big data project for confronting crazy weather in rice production

2 September, 2014 by (comments)

CGIAR scientists wielding big data tools to blunt the impacts of climate change on Latin America’s rice production have been named one of two winners of the Big Data Climate Challenge, to be awarded at the United Nations Climate Summit taking place on 23 September in New York City. The other winner is the World Resource Institute’s Global ForestRead More …

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