Action now, warn experts, as pests threaten Indonesia’s food security crop

14 December, 2013 by (comments)

If there’s one thing being at the top of the food chain affords you, it’s time. Time spent combating what could potentially wipe you out of existence can be much more productively spent on other things – like eating. And eating is what one major pest has done a lot of since it arrived in West Java, Indonesia. DiscoveringRead More …

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

Clamp-down launched on devastating threats to starch crop

3 December, 2013 by (comments)

Scientists are ramping up efforts to contain and clamp-down on serious pests and diseases threatening “devastating” impact on a leading food security, cash and bio-energy crop in Southeast Asia. In the region, cassava is the third largest source of calories after rice and maize, and an important food crop, particularly in Indonesia. The crop supports an estimated 40 millionRead More …

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

Fast-tracking nutrition: A magical discovery

8 October, 2013 by (comments)

Newly bred crop varieties that offer quadrupled vitamin A content could provide a lifesaving solution to millions in Africa suffering from malnutrition related to vitamin A deficiency. Globally, an estimated 250 million children are vitamin A deficient, according to the World Health Organization. Up to 500,000 will go blind every year – half of them will die within 12Read More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Cassava @en, Crops @en, Crops website, Regions

RTBMaps: more than just eye candy for scientists

15 July, 2013 by (comments)

If you ever needed proof of the power of visual data, try this: Visit the RTBMaps website. You’ll arrive at a big world map. Click on the “Biotic” button, and select “cassava mealybug.” Then hold onto your seat. That little exercise did more to hammer home the potential vulnerability of cassava to this formidable pest than any peer-reviewed studyRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Asia @en, Cassava @en, Latin America and the Caribbean

“Game changing technologies” needed to fight cassava diseases

9 June, 2013 by (comments)

Alarming outbreaks of two devastating cassava diseases in Africa have prompted an alliance of experts to make an unprecedented international commitment to tackle them. Members of the Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century (GCP21) announced plans for the sweeping set of measures to impede the spread of the flesh-eating cassava brown streak disease (CBSD) and cassava mosaic diseaseRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Asia @en, Cassava @en, Crop diversity, Crops website, Latin America and the Caribbean

Flesh-eating cassava virus pushes west across Africa

6 May, 2013 by (comments)

Scientists are struggling to contain a flesh-eating virus sweeping across the cassava plantations of Africa, destined for the world’s biggest producer and consumer, Nigeria. The devastating epidemic of Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD) has already made it halfway across the continent, with reports of new outbreaks in DR Congo – the world’s third largest producer – and Angola, whereRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Cassava @en, Climate Change, Climate Change website, Crop diversity, Inside CIAT

HarvestPlus – better crops, better nutrition

23 April, 2013 by (comments)

Published in the CIAT Annual report 2012-2013, out now. HarvestPlus, the joint CIAT- International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) programme to develop nutritionally-improved – or “biofortified” – staple food crops in Africa, Asia and Latin America, marked its ninth year with a number of new crop releases and improved systems to get the crops into the hands of smallholderRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Beans @en, Cassava @en, Crop diversity