CIAT strengthens partnership with Kenya

8 October, 2015 by (comments)

Kenya isn’t just home to CIAT’s operations in Africa, it is home to a longstanding and successful partnership with the Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO) (formerly KARI). Over the years, the partners have generated major agricultural research successes for the benefit of Kenyan farmers. It is against this backdrop that KALRO and CIAT cemented their commitment toRead More …

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A brief introduction, from Robin Buruchara, Regional Director for Africa

2 September, 2015 by (comments)

This editorial from Robin Buruchara, Regional Director for Africa, welcomes readers to the first CIAT Africa e-Newsletter, published on 6 September 2015.  Over the last year I have met with many valued partners, donors and stakeholders – both new and old. And, for me, two recurring elements from those interactions stand out: First, that CIAT is in a very privilegedRead More …


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The evolution of CIAT in Africa – a brief history

2 September, 2015 by (comments)

The scene captured in this black and white photograph from March 1980 holds a special significance for the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). The week that these people met in Lilongwe, Malawi, they made a piece of CIAT history. While the idea of CIAT branching out of Latin America to share its bean expertise in Africa had beenRead More …

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On the donor trail in Southern Africa

23 July, 2015 by (comments)

As long standing members of the Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA), CIATs work in Zambia and Zimbabwe has, up until now, mostly focussed on beans. But a recent trip to meet with donors and national partners in each country revealed strong interests in research into forages, soils and climate change, exposing new and exciting opportunities for future partnerships. TheRead More …

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Sharpening the focus on CIAT’s role in the restoration of degraded lands and soils

23 June, 2015 by (comments)

Soils matter! We all agree. An important session of CIAT’s Annual Program Review celebrated the International Year of Soils (IYS) and gathered input from CIAT scientists in diverse disciplines on how to sharpen the focus of our soils research agenda.   The soils team first highlighted attractive and successful innovations in communicating soil science during IYS. These include aRead More …

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Exploring new Canadian collaborations in Africa

21 May, 2015 by (comments)

To say that the Canadians are familiar with beans is an understatement. The Canadian government, through its former international development agency, CIDA, has supported CIATs bean research in Africa for several years. It is a successful collaboration that is hoped to continue. CIAT and the newly formed Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs Trade and Development (DFATD) are currently inRead More …

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Supporting research for impact in Ugandan universities

31 October, 2014 by (comments)

CIAT has signed an MOU with the Government of Uganda represented by the Ministry of Education and Sports for a capacity building project ‘Support to Higher Education, Science and Technology (HEST)’. Under this Africa Development Bank (AfDB) funded project, CIAT will seek to enhancing delivery of research products by supporting students in universities in Uganda to carry out research onRead More …


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