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

Beans that Can Beat the Heat

24 March, 2015 by (comments)

Responding to fears that bean production will take a big hit from global warming, CIAT scientists have identified about 30 “elite” lines showing tolerance to temperatures 4 degrees Centigrade above the crop’s normal “comfort zone.” Research on these beans, which is supported by the CGIAR Fund and documented in a recent CGIAR report, represents a major contribution to theRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Beans @en, Climate Change, Crop diversity, Crops @en, Latin America and the Caribbean

Women as drivers of positive change

5 March, 2015 by (comments)

In many developing countries, women play a major role in agricultural activity. They can be responsible for growing and selling crops and livestock, in addition to taking care of the household and all the members of the family. As a result of climate change – which can exacerbate pests and plant diseases, degraded landscapes, declined soil fertility, reduced yields,Read More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Gender, Multimedia @en

Women on the front line: resource control and the climate battle

5 February, 2015 by (comments)

This post first appeared on the CCAFS website.  Climate change has serious implications for food security. Chaotic weather patterns and more intense droughts or flooding events are impacting food availability and production in ways that farmers cannot predict. In this context, food and water sources become more unpredictable and scarce, and women face loss of income, harvest, and increased laborRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Asia @en, Climate Change, Gender, Latin America and the Caribbean

Cutting down on Amazon deforestation: Watch, think, and act

10 December, 2014 by (comments)

Reducing deforestation in the Amazon is possible – Brazil has done it. Now it’s the turn of other Amazon countries to do something. With Terra-i and other Global Forest Watch contributors, let’s start by monitoring land cover changes in the region to better pinpoint drivers of deforestation and formulate appropriate responses.       Between 2004 and 2011, BrazilRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean

Initiative 20×20: Getting large-scale land restoration on track

9 December, 2014 by (comments)

Last Sunday, government ministers from six Latin America countries joined a half dozen private investors at the Global Landscape Forum (held alongside the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru) to launch Initiative 20×20. Led by the World Resources Institute and supported by CIAT, the initiative aims to get the restoration of 20 million hectares of degraded land on track by 2020.Read More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media, Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean

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