On the donor trail in Southern Africa

23 July, 2015 by (comments)

As long standing members of the Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA), CIATs work in Zambia and Zimbabwe has, up until now, mostly focussed on beans. But a recent trip to meet with donors and national partners in each country revealed strong interests in research into forages, soils and climate change, exposing new and exciting opportunities for future partnerships. TheRead More …

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Exploring new Canadian collaborations in Africa

21 May, 2015 by (comments)

To say that the Canadians are familiar with beans is an understatement. The Canadian government, through its former international development agency, CIDA, has supported CIATs bean research in Africa for several years. It is a successful collaboration that is hoped to continue. CIAT and the newly formed Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs Trade and Development (DFATD) are currently inRead More …

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Understanding Rwanda’s puzzling nutrition paradox

29 April, 2015 by (comments)

It’s October in Cyuve district, one of Rwanda’s most productive agricultural regions. Looking across the valley to the hills in the far distance, just one crop dominates. Climbing beans. The beans are not yet waist high. Instead, it is the many thousands of uniform two metre wooden stakes reaching into the sky that cover the entire landscape. You’d beRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Agro-ecology and Economics @en, Beans @en, Crops @en, Gender

Scaling up – TV helps farmers shape up soils in East Africa

2 April, 2015 by (comments)

There are a lot of big facts about soil knocking around this year – on account of it being the International Year of Soils. These are great for mobilising much-needed global interest and action in efforts to protect this finite resource on which our lives depend (even the White House posted a blog on ‘Why soil rocks’ last week). ButRead More …

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

Africa’s first Water Fund to tackle rising threats to food security, water and energy supplies

19 March, 2015 by (comments)

Every rainy season Jane Kabugi’s home comes under attack. The torrential rain so desperately needed downstream to fuel Kenya’s rising electricity demands – and Nairobi’s water requirements – has literally been tearing her home and farm apart. “There was a time when this house of mine was almost gone; it was starting to crack. An engineer came and saidRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Press Releases, Soils, Soils website

Supporting research for impact in Ugandan universities

31 October, 2014 by (comments)

CIAT has signed an MOU with the Government of Uganda represented by the Ministry of Education and Sports for a capacity building project ‘Support to Higher Education, Science and Technology (HEST)’. Under this Africa Development Bank (AfDB) funded project, CIAT will seek to enhancing delivery of research products by supporting students in universities in Uganda to carry out research onRead More …


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CIAT wins two WLE Science Outcome Awards

3 October, 2014 by (comments)

CIAT won two of three awards for ‘outstanding outcome story’ held by the Water, Land and Ecosystem Program (WLE) of the CGIAR. Fred Kizito’s work, quantifying ecosystem services as the basis for Payment for Ecosystem Services in the Upper Tana Basin of Kenya and Marcela Quintero’s work on Rewards for Ecosystem Services in watersheds in Peru both received $25,000Read More …


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