Beans that Can Beat the Heat

24 March, 2015 by (comments)

Responding to fears that bean production will take a big hit from global warming, CIAT scientists have identified about 30 “elite” lines showing tolerance to temperatures 4 degrees Centigrade above the crop’s normal “comfort zone.” Research on these beans, which is supported by the CGIAR Fund and documented in a recent CGIAR report, represents a major contribution to theRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Beans @en, Climate Change, Crop diversity, Crops @en, Latin America and the Caribbean

Initiative 20×20 Begins in 2015

2 March, 2015 by (comments)

Representatives of various partner institutions of the Initiative 20×20 came together at CIAT, Colombia, on 12 February this year. The CIAT Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) had organized a business plan meeting to articulate the enormous financial, political, and technical efforts needed to restore 20 million hectares of degraded land in LAC by year 2020. Among theRead More …

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Filed Under: Inside CIAT, Inside LAC, Latin America and the Caribbean

Women on the front line: resource control and the climate battle

5 February, 2015 by (comments)

This post first appeared on the CCAFS website.  Climate change has serious implications for food security. Chaotic weather patterns and more intense droughts or flooding events are impacting food availability and production in ways that farmers cannot predict. In this context, food and water sources become more unpredictable and scarce, and women face loss of income, harvest, and increased laborRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Asia @en, Climate Change, Gender, Latin America and the Caribbean

Cutting down on Amazon deforestation: Watch, think, and act

10 December, 2014 by (comments)

Reducing deforestation in the Amazon is possible – Brazil has done it. Now it’s the turn of other Amazon countries to do something. With Terra-i and other Global Forest Watch contributors, let’s start by monitoring land cover changes in the region to better pinpoint drivers of deforestation and formulate appropriate responses.       Between 2004 and 2011, BrazilRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean

Initiative 20×20: Getting large-scale land restoration on track

9 December, 2014 by (comments)

Last Sunday, government ministers from six Latin America countries joined a half dozen private investors at the Global Landscape Forum (held alongside the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru) to launch Initiative 20×20. Led by the World Resources Institute and supported by CIAT, the initiative aims to get the restoration of 20 million hectares of degraded land on track by 2020.Read More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media, Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean

Profiles on climate-smart agriculture presented to standing-room-only World Bank audience

30 October, 2014 by (comments)

Building on prior experience to confront new challenges is a basic precept of ancient folk wisdom, which has informed actions in every sphere of human endeavor throughout history. Now, it also serves, logically, as the guiding principle for a novel effort aimed at getting a grip on climate change in the agriculture of Latin America and the Caribbean. WithRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

Informing decision makers on climate change adaptation in Haiti

4 September, 2014 by (comments)

On 28 August, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Haiti’s Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Rural Development (MARDNR) convened a conference in Port au Prince, Haiti, to present and discuss the results of a recent CIAT study with key decision makers and donors in the country. Anton Eitzinger presented the main conclusions of the study, which was carried outRead More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media, Climate Change, Crops @en, Latin America and the Caribbean