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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Progress in implementing the CGIAR’s policy on open access and open data

31 August, 2015 by (comments)

Five of the 13 proposals submitted by CGIAR centers for phase II of the CGIAR’s Research Programs (CRP) mention and clearly include the subject of open access and open data as a priority, which means the issue is hot and current. Specialists in managing knowledge, databases, statistics, and data from the International Potato Center (CIP), International Maize and WheatRead More …

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Three-month research stipend in Vietnam

11 August, 2015 by (comments)

A short-term, three-month postdoc stipend is available for a pilot project led by Dr. Abigail Walter of SLU and Dr. Kris Wyckhuys of CIAT. The project will examine tritophic interactions involving cassava, invasive pathogens and herbivores, and the native insect herbivore and natural enemy communities. Lead researchers are looking for a postdoc for a three-month field work project, collecting and identifyingRead More …


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Ecosystems services research in Asia: future possibilities

3 August, 2015 by (comments)

Today’s brown bag seminar – a monthly lunch-seminar series for information-sharing between CGIAR researchers in Southeast Asia – was presented by Marcela Quintero, Ecosystem Services theme leader at the Decision and Policy Analysis Research Area of CIAT. Her presentation: “CIAT’s Ecosystem Services Strategic Initiative; ongoing work in Latin America and opportunities for consolidation in Asia,” showcased a success story from Peru, and outlinedRead 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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Cassava mealybug awareness campaign launched in Vietnam

15 July, 2015 by (comments)

By Yen Le Hoang A campaign to raise awareness about the destructive cassava mealybug has been launched in Phu Yen Province, Vietnam. Organized by the local Plant Protection Sub-Department (PPSD) and the national Agricultural Extension Center, the launch was attended by representatives from departments of Agriculture and Rural Development, Extension and Plant Protection, the Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT),Read More …

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Data Management Community of Practice Workshop

13 July, 2015 by (comments)

CIAT’s data and information management team strives towards becoming the knowledge hub for scientists. The group also aims for CIAT staff to embrace an open science culture and becoming 100% compliant with Open Access goals without compromising quality of work. In July 2015 a group of 30 data managers from CIAT HQ gathered for the first time to understandingRead More …


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