Honor for major food security contributions in Southeast Asia

19 January, 2016 by (comments)

Two scientists with a long history of collaboration with CIAT have been honored for contributions towards the world’s most widely grown cassava variety – now grown by 60 to 75 percent of all cassava farmers in Thailand and Vietnam – and a key food security crop and source of income throughout Southeast Asia. At the week-long World Congress onRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Cassava @en, Crops @en, Regions

A smart revolution: World Congress in Asia

13 January, 2016 by (comments)

If you’re on a diet in 2016, restricting your carb intake might be on your list of New Year’s resolutions. But around the world, demand is on the rise for starch and other forms of carbohydrate, as incomes rise and consumer preferences change. It might seem strange that demand for a starchy root crop would increase with higher incomes.Read More …

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Smart beans help farmers cope with global warming – CIAT on Deutsche Welle

10 December, 2015 by (comments)

The eyes of the world are on Paris as leaders from 195 countries continue to hammer out a global agreement on how to address climate change, a threat that is expected to have huge impact on the ability of some communities to grow food. Take beans, for example. Beans are a cheap and healthy diet staple for millions, especiallyRead More …

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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

Genome Editing: As Easy, Useful, and Safe as it Sounds?

1 December, 2015 by (comments)

Helping experts in crop biotechnology explain their work to non-specialists is a tough job – one to which I’ve dedicated a lot of time as a science writer/editor over the last 20 years. One rhetorical device that I’ve always found handy for getting my mind around biotechnology’s abstractions is the apt metaphor – like the image of a “pipeline”Read More …

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Burundi: Breaking down barriers for beans

26 November, 2015 by (comments)

As part of our contribution to the United Nations’ International Year of Pulses, we’re starting a blog series called “Bean-Growing Country of the Month.” This first article focuses on a country that is rebuilding its bean research programme with assistance from the CIAT-supported Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance. Earlier this year, the Center received funding from the Swiss Agency forRead More …

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US Scientific Honor Awarded to CIAT Research Leader

23 November, 2015 by (comments)

Joe Tohme, director of CIAT’s Agrobiodiversity Research Area, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. This year, 347 members have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advanceRead More …

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