Four-legged futures: turning Vietnam’s cash cows into productive assets

21 March, 2013 by (comments)

CIAT Annual Report 2012-3 – Sneak Preview Ngo Van Hung is poised to quit his job as a builder in Vietnam’s Ea Kar District. Around six years ago he started getting a lot of work in the village of Chu Cuc, a community of smallholder farmers. He’d build a new home here, another one there; all of them bigRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Crops website, Tropical Forages

New journal launched: Tropical Grasslands – Forrajes Tropicales

21 December, 2012 by (comments)

A new peer-reviewed, scientific journal dedicated entirely to tropical pastures and forages has just been launched as an initiative of scientists from Australia and CIAT. Tropical Grasslands – Forrajes Tropicales will be an open-access, online journal, featuring articles in English and Spanish. It will be published three times-a-year, and the submission, review and publication of articles will be free-of-charge.Read More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Asia @en, Crops @en, Latin America and the Caribbean, Tropical Forages

Livestock on the Plus Side for a Change

18 June, 2012 by (comments)

While many experts believe that livestock belong decidedly on the minus side of any environmental equation – given, for example, the role of expanding cattle production as a driver of deforestation in the Amazon – a group of experts in animal feeding argued today for a major revision of conventional calculations about the size of livestock’s ecological “hoofprint.” GatheredRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Crops @en, Inside CIAT, Tropical Forages

CIAT’s work on drought tolerance and aluminium toxicity featured in New Agriculturist

7 March, 2011 by (comments)

CIAT’s work to improve the performance of essential smallholder crops under conditions of drought and acid soil is featured today in the online development magazine New Agriculturist. Click to read more. The article focuses on the center’s work to tackle the problem of aluminium toxicity, which causes root stunting and, during drought, prevents crops from accessing residual water deepRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en, CIAT in the media, Crops @en, Tropical Forages

Brachiaria – part of a sustainable solution

26 November, 2010 by (comments)

An article pushlished yesterday by Inter Press Service gives an informative overview of ongoing work by CIAT and its partners to improve the eco-efficiency of livestock production through the use of brachiaria forage grasses. Colombia tests forage crops against climate change describes how brachiaria can help to retain soil nitrogen, reducing both the emissions of powerful greenhouse gases from livestockRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en, Tropical Forages

Voice of America reveals the secrets of CIAT “supergrass”

2 November, 2010 by (comments)

CIAT scientists feature in a new documentary about the environmental benefits of brachiaria, produced by US broadcaster Voice of America. Brachiaria – a nutritious forage grass – can drastically reduce the environmental impact of livestock production by inhibiting nitrification, the process by which soil nitrogen is converted into the potent greenhouse gas nitrous oxide. Continued research into brachiaria couldRead More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media, Crops @en, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions, Tropical Forages

CIAT forages featured in New Agriculturist

8 July, 2010 by (comments)

CIAT’s pioneering research into the forage grass brachiaria is featured in the latest edition of the DFID-funded online development magazine New Agriculturist. The article looks at brachiaria’s powerful nitrification inhibition capacity, which could help to significantly reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from livestock production and improve the eco-efficient use of fertilizers. Click to read Brachiaria – grass roots answerRead More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media, Crops @en, Tropical Forages