A double win for CIAT scientists

29 September, 2015 by (comments)

Crossposted from: CIAT DAPA Blog. CIAT scientists are celebrating a double win after their new crowdsourcing approach to climate-smart agriculture (CSA) was selected for two ClimateCoLab awards. Organized by the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, the awards recognize the innovative use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in Climate Change research. The CIAT system enables farmers and scientists toRead More …

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How does collective intelligence address climate change?

31 August, 2015 by (comments)

The Climate CoLab community, led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, seeks to harness the collective intelligence of people all over the world in putting together proposals that tackle the challenge of climate change. Inspired by developments such as Wikipedia and Linux, MIT created the crowdsourcing platform, where citizens work with experts and with each other toRead More …


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Banking biodiversity in Vietnam

24 August, 2015 by (comments)

Disappearing under a thick canopy of leaves, Tran Thi Ha is quick to point out five different types of the root crop cassava on her farm – and their somewhat unusual uses. “We use the stems of cassava stakes as a medium to grow mushrooms,” she says, pointing to a line of cut cassava stems. Nestling in the foothillsRead More …

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

New coffee study a wake-up call

27 April, 2015 by (comments)

Whether you like it frothy, skinny, straight or short, coffee lovers around the world face a wake-up call as the perfect storm brews for their favourite drink. For the first time, researchers have mapped suitability for Arabica coffee – the most popular, high-quality gourmet variety with a 70 percent global market share – to see how it will cope inRead More …

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

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