Hybrid rice for Latin America

23 April, 2013 by (comments)

Published in the CIAT Annual report 2012-2013, out now. A new public-private partnership across Latin America promises to boost rice productivity and could help bolster the region as an emerging food basket for the world. Launched in 2012, the Hybrid Rice Consortium for Latin America (HIAAL, by its Spanish acronym) brings CIAT researchers together with other rice scientists, traders,Read More …

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Uruguay – a small country, big in rice

27 July, 2012 by (comments)
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The latest edition of Rice Today, produced by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), features rice production in… Uruguay. This small country in the temperate south-east of South America is something of an outlier in the rice world, pursuing its own brand of high-value rice production, and in so doing has managed to carve out its own place inRead More …

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BBC photo gallery features six CIAT projects to mark Earth Day

7 May, 2012 by (comments)

The Spanish language news site BBC Mundo has featured six CIAT projects as part of a 12-picture photo gallery to mark Earth Day. The gallery covers CIAT work with water harvesting in Central America; biofortification, climate change resilience, site-specific agriculture, and gene bank conservation in Colombia. Click below to find out more – if your Spanish is up toRead More …

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New Indonesian rice armed to combat climate change

9 March, 2011 by (comments)

The government of Indonesia has released ten new varieties of rice which carry traits to reduce the impact of climate change on food production, reports The Jakarta Post. Rice is Indonesia’s most important commodity export and a staple of the local diet, thus the need for farmers to have the resources and technology to withstand some of the major agricultural problems such asRead More …

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Guyana pushes for rice resilience

1 March, 2011 by (comments)

Guyana’s minister of agriculture has revealed national adaptation strategies to ensure the country’s rice production is not brought down by climate change, AlertNet reports. Developing new rice varieties with flood, drought and salinity tolerance is of particular focus, as many rice farmers suffered major crop losses during the floods of 2005 and droughts of 2009. The government also identifiesRead More …

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Sri Lanka: one-third of rice “completely destroyed”

8 February, 2011 by (comments)

Heavy monsoon flooding in the second-half of January has cut Sri Lanka’s staple rice crop by 35%, the country’s Ministry of Agriculture announced today. Reuters reports that the Ministry estimates that more than 300,000 hectares of rice has been “completely destroyed”, and while commodity traders expect the impact on world prices to be minimal, it nevertheless equates to theRead More …

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High hopes for lowland rice – PERU

7 January, 2011 by (comments)

A newly-released rice variety could help producers in coastal areas of Peru boost yields by more than 30 per cent. The “INIA 510 Mallares” variety is also more resilient to diseases, and produces rice with improved grain quality over varieties currently sown. Developed by rice researchers at Peru’s National Institute of Agricultural Innovation (INIA), using a parental line fromRead More …

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