Soil science: a global concern

17 June, 2015 by (comments)

By Vinh Le Bui During my recent trip to Nairobi, I had the opportunity to spend a few weeks with the dynamic soils team. It was enlightening because I discovered that as well as the many common problems faced in Africa as in Asia, there are also common solutions. Although prices are generally higher in Africa than the average world’sRead More …


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Why multi-stakeholder collaboration is essential

17 June, 2015 by (comments)

At the 10th joint ICRAF-CIAT Brown Bag Seminar sessions in Hanoi,  Marc Schut, a social scientist working with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and Wageningen University (WUR), based with IITA in Bujumbura, Burundi, gave a presentation on multi-stakeholder collaboration. He holds a MSc in Agro-ecological Knowledge and Social Change and a PhD in Communication and Innovation Studies fromRead More …

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Regional Workshop on Climate Smart Agriculture Technologies

17 June, 2015 by (comments)

Scientists and experts in agriculture and climate change from across Asia gathered in Manila, the Philippines from June 2-4th, to discuss climate-smart agricultural technologies for the region. Participants came from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka Nepal, and Bhutan, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Mongolia. Among them, Nora Guerten and Andy Jarvis represented CIAT. AgricultureRead More …

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Virtual “digi-hub” forum to discuss pest and disease threat

17 June, 2015 by (comments)

By Yen Le Hoang A virtual platform was launched in April to discuss crop protection relevant to Southeast Asia – a first for regional experts. With only 15 participants physically in Ban Me Thuot City, Dak Lak province in central Vietnam, the workshop titled “Cassava health in Southeast Asia: the way forward,” succeeded in bringing together 12 different institutions from theRead More …

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CIRAD and CIAT forge collaborative next-steps in Asia

14 May, 2015 by (comments)

It’s a shocking statistic that around one third of food produced globally is not consumed. It is one issue which CIAT and CIRAD both address in their work, specifically through tackling post-harvest loss. Already, joint initiatives under the Roots, Tubers and Bananas Program aim to reduce post-harvest loss and negative consequences of cassava processing in Asia through maximizing efficiency.Read More …

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Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Southeast Asia

14 May, 2015 by (comments)

This week (May 12th – 14th) researchers from across the region will meet to prioritize gaps in climate change policy, research, capacity development, and knowledge management during the Umbrella Program on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation for Southeast Asia 2015 – 2020 workshop, to develop a Climate Change Conceptual Framework for Southeast Asia. Co-organized by CIAT, the Climate Change,Read More …

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Partner collaboration in Asia: building a new framework

8 April, 2015 by (comments)

More than 50 regional partners joined CIAT Asia’s team in Hanoi for the Asia Partners’ Forum from April 7-8th. The two-day meeting involved intense discussions around the new five-year strategic framework launched in 2014, to expand the scope and identify new priorities for CIAT’s regional research and development program. Researchers from Thailand, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Philippines, Indonesia, China and Vietnam joined membersRead More …

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