Down to earth data

5 December, 2014 by (comments)

  “Diversity.” It’s not often you get a one word answer from researchers, given the complexity of their work, but that’s the answer CIAT’s soil scientist Rolf Sommer gave when asked his impression of Lushoto district nestling in north-eastern Tanzania’s Usambara Mountains. Then he was whisked off into a meeting. On first arriving in Lushoto town, after winding upRead More …

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

Could climate change spell trouble for Kenya’s largest river?

2 December, 2014 by (comments)

This post first appeared on the Thomson Reuters Foundation climate blog.  Ahead of the Global Landscape Forum in Peru, it helps to remember exactly why landscapes are important. They give us the bigger picture, to connect the dots between the many people who use an ecosystem and what for. It’s that bigger picture which helps put climate change into perspective. InRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, CIAT in the media, Climate Change, Climate Change website, Regions, Soils, Soils website

Brainstorming with the media on climate change in Vietnam

27 November, 2014 by (comments)

Twenty-seven journalists from a broad range of media outlets in Vietnam attended a two-day seminar in Hanoi recently, which aimed to stimulate better information sharing between agricultural researchers and the media. A panel of experts from CGIAR Centers and national partners shaped the discussions, with an introductory speech by Vice Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture, and Rural Development, Dr.Read More …

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Getting climate-smart talk on the top agenda

22 July, 2014 by (comments)

This post was first published on the CCAFS blog. “If climate change were a language, we’re currently all speaking different dialects,” said Debisi Araba, Technical Advisor on Environmental Policy to Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. His observations at the Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture (ACSA) consultation held in Hanoi, Vietnam, echoed others among the 140 delegates, who met in late JuneRead More …

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Forests Asia Summit 2014: Join the debate

2 May, 2014 by (comments)

The two-day Forests Asia Summit opens on Monday next week, 5th May  in Jakarta, Indonesia, with a keynote speech delivered by Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. With more than 2,000 people registered to attend, the event looks set to be the biggest debate in years on the future of Southeast Asia’s forests and landscapes. Southeast Asia has become the world’sRead More …


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CIAT-inspired Mekong study highlights climate concerns

20 March, 2014 by (comments)

The Mekong River’s vast basin ecosystem snakes from the Tibetan plateau through Myanmar into the Lower Mekong Basin in Laos and Thailand. It filters into the Mekong Delta in the southern tip of Cambodia and Vietnam, finally emptying out into the South China Sea. Along the way, it supports 80 percent of communities living in it – an estimatedRead More …

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Tracing Vietnam’s climate scars

10 March, 2014 by (comments)

Vietnam’s rugged northern terrain is characterized by sloping hills giving way to lush paddy fields and stretches of ancient tea. Yet the scars of climate change mark themselves in the landscape – scars which scientists and researchers are now using to piece together climate-smart solutions so communities can adapt to future weather shocks. Vietnam is among eight countries inRead More …

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