Smart beans help farmers cope with global warming – CIAT on Deutsche Welle

10 December, 2015 by (comments)
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The eyes of the world are on Paris as leaders from 195 countries continue to hammer out a global agreement on how to address climate change, a threat that is expected to have huge impact on the ability of some communities to grow food. Take beans, for example. Beans are a cheap and healthy diet staple for millions, especiallyRead More …

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

Burundi: Breaking down barriers for beans

26 November, 2015 by (comments)
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As part of our contribution to the United Nations’ International Year of Pulses, we’re starting a blog series called “Bean-Growing Country of the Month.” This first article focuses on a country that is rebuilding its bean research programme with assistance from the CIAT-supported Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance. Earlier this year, the Center received funding from the Swiss Agency forRead More …

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CIAT strengthens partnership with Kenya

8 October, 2015 by (comments)
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Kenya isn’t just home to CIAT’s operations in Africa, it is home to a longstanding and successful partnership with the Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO) (formerly KARI). Over the years, the partners have generated major agricultural research successes for the benefit of Kenyan farmers. It is against this backdrop that KALRO and CIAT cemented their commitment toRead More …

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Filed Under: Inside Africa, Inside CIAT

A brief introduction, from Robin Buruchara, Regional Director for Africa

2 September, 2015 by (comments)
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This editorial from Robin Buruchara, Regional Director for Africa, welcomes readers to the first CIAT Africa e-Newsletter, published on 6 September 2015.  Over the last year I have met with many valued partners, donors and stakeholders – both new and old. And, for me, two recurring elements from those interactions stand out: First, that CIAT is in a very privilegedRead More …

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The evolution of CIAT in Africa – a brief history

2 September, 2015 by (comments)
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The scene captured in this black and white photograph from March 1980 holds a special significance for the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). The week that these people met in Lilongwe, Malawi, they made a piece of CIAT history. While the idea of CIAT branching out of Latin America to share its bean expertise in Africa had beenRead More …

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Photo story: Busting soil myths in Tanzania

24 August, 2015 by (comments)
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You can also view the photo story full screen. Related stories and information: Bringing soils back to life – a conversation with Deborah Bossio Scaling up – TV helps farmers shape up soils in East Africa New photo-film: mapping soil diversity in Tanzania CIAT Soils Research brief Other links: Africa RISING USAID Feed the Future, Tanzania Photo album onRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Regions, Soils, Soils website

Bringing soils back to life – a conversation with Deborah Bossio

18 August, 2015 by (comments)
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After decades of neglect, in part due to the long term nature of soils research and the short term nature of development funding, soils research is on the brink of a renaissance as the world starts to recognise just how vital the ground beneath our feet is. Few are more enthusiastic about it than Dr. Deborah Bossio, the Area DirectorRead More …

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