What’s in your noodle soup?

9 December, 2015 by (comments)

You may never have heard of it before. A globetrotting crop by all accounts, it’s thought to have been introduced into Southeast Asia in the Philippines from Mexico in the 19th Century. As our diet becomes ever more complex, cassava – or tapioca – a root crop like sweet potato originally from South America, has been transformed far from it’s center ofRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Cassava @en, Climate Change, Climate Change website, Crop diversity, Crops @en, Crops website, Regions

The bitter-sweet taste of Indonesia’s chocolate

25 November, 2015 by (comments)

An environmental disaster is unfolding in Asia. The “haze” plumes of smoke from Indonesia, where El Nino has stirred up more peatland fires, have since September topped average daily emissions in the US, with the smog stretching to nearby countries. During 1997, one of the worst years on record, the annual fires cost the government an estimated US$20 billionRead More …

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“White gold” beans to beat drought in Ethiopia

5 October, 2015 by (comments)

  New drought-resilient white beans – most commonly used to make baked beans – will be deployed to Ethiopia, as erratic weather threatens national production and farmers’ incomes. Severe drought in Ethiopia, Africa’s largest exporter of the bean used to make baked beans, could hit production for millions who cultivate and rely on income from the bean. The droughtRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Beans @en, Climate Change, Climate Change website, Crops @en, Crops website, Regions

Farmers debate their options in a changing climate

31 July, 2015 by (comments)

From cold snaps to intense rainfall, changing weather in the last two decades has not gone unnoticed by residents of Ma climate-smart village in Vietnam’s Yen Bai province. But weighing up options to adapt to changes and build resilience on village farms is not straight-forward. “This water used to be a stream flowing from the mountains,” said one farmer, pointingRead More …


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Asia’s prized climate-resilient cash crop

25 June, 2015 by (comments)

Seeds of change In Southeast Asia, cassava is grown by over eight million farmers as a primary source of income and calories, especially among poor, rural upland communities. Despite years of research neglect and stagnating yields during the 1980s, cassava has had a dramatic come-back as a popular cash crop – but it still needs to be coupled withRead More …

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New photo-film: mapping soil diversity in Tanzania

23 April, 2015 by (comments)

The second photo-film of a two-part series, “The Ground Beneath Your Feet,” is launched this week during Global Soil Week, where CIAT is highlighting the importance of soil, debating the latest science and technology as well as methods for preserving this vital natural resource. In Lushoto, Tanzania, a cluster of CCAFS climate-smart villages nestle in the stunning Eastern Arc Mountains, stretching between Tanzania and Kenya. The richly diverseRead More …

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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