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

Impatient with Hunger

13 October, 2015 by (comments)

In adopting the sustainable development goals (SDGs) at the United Nations summit held last month in New York City, world leaders made it very clear what agricultural research must accomplish in the years to come. By 2030, this research must, among other things, help reach goal 2 – “end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainableRead More …

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Filed Under: Crop diversity, Crops @en

Mi cassava es tu cassava

30 September, 2015 by (comments)

New research shows just how much different regions of the world rely on each other for the foods they know and love – and why it’s time to share This world is really messed up. Especially when it comes to food – and specifically the plants we eat. Take for example, a hearty British roast dinner. With close competitionRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Crop diversity

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

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

The end of a life dedicated to making bean diversity available for humanity

29 January, 2015 by (comments)

CIAT mourns the loss of research assistant Orlando Toro-Chica, whose death on 22 January has deprived the Center’s Genetic Resources Program of a friend and a highly dedicated professional. He spent 40 years documenting the diversity of Phaseolus beans conserved in the Center’s genebank. An internationally recognized expert on bean genetic resources, Orlando was always willing to dedicate timeRead More …

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Filed Under: Crop diversity, Inside CIAT

Engendering bigger impact: making the other half count

27 January, 2015 by (comments)

Gelia Castillo has had her fair share of challenges as a female scientist. Now aged over 80, she remembers when, as one of the earliest pioneers of the social sciences in the patriarchal agricultural system, she was greeted by astonished colleagues: “Hello, but where is Dr. Castillo?” And yet, decades later, according to The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations,Read More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Crop diversity, Gender