Will the pursuit of food security weaken the resilience of global food systems?

16 May, 2014 by (comments)

Fifty years ago palm oil was virtually non-existent in the Colombian diet. Now over 25% of the fat in national food supplies comes from the crop, making it the single most important plant for the provision of this macronutrient in the diet. Intercropped maize and oil palm in Colombia. Photo: CIMMYT Along with Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Nigeria, ColombiaRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en, Beans @en, Cassava @en, Climate Change, Crop diversity, Crops website, Rice @en

Race to halt mystery curse spreading across Southeast Asia

16 April, 2014 by (comments)

The race is on to identify the mysterious cause of a devastating cassava disease sweeping through the region. Dozens of species of insects – thought to be the culprits for its spread – are currently being tested for traces of the disease, as researchers intensify efforts to stamp it out. Cassava witches’ broom disease is so called because ofRead More …

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

Agricultural research to prioritise nutrition

2 April, 2014 by (comments)

The role of agriculture isn’t just to feed us enough, it is to feed us well. This week the CGIAR Consortium placed the weight of its agricultural research expertise behind efforts to improve global nutrition and public health as it committed to make breeding for mineral and vitamin traits the norm in conventional food crop development programs. Frank Rijsberman,Read More …

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Filed Under: Beans @en, Cassava @en, Crop diversity, Crops website, Gender, Regions

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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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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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

Beans face stiff competition at drought Olympics

23 September, 2013 by (comments)

Every 4 years, experts from around the world gather for a meeting of the InterDrought Consortium. Think of it as a sort of drought Olympics. The metaphor seems especially apt when you consider that Olympia, the site of the original games in ancient Greece, is a pretty dry place. Instead of competing with one another and giving out medals,Read More …

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Filed Under: Beans @en, Crops @en, Crops website