CIAT sends fourth shipment to Arctic seed vault

15 February, 2011 by (comments)

The CIAT genebank has sent a new shipment of duplicate seeds of beans and tropical forages to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway, a fortress built on the remote Arctic archipelago to protect the world’s most important food crops in case of catastrophe. This is the fourth shipment made by CIAT’s Genetic Resources Program, which houses the largestRead More …

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Filed Under: Crop diversity, Inside CIAT

New climbing beans featured in Sci-Dev

5 February, 2010 by (comments)

The recent release of 15 improved climbing bean varieties in Rwanda features in the latest edition of the online development magazine Sci-Dev. The beans, developed by the CIAT and its partner, the Rwandan Agricultural Research Institute (ISAR), are well-suited to rainy, high-altitude areas, and include varieties with disease resistance. Some could triple the yields of the more commonly grownRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, CIAT in the media, Regions

Improved climbing beans offer a lifeline to African farmers

19 January, 2010 by (comments)

Farmers in Rwanda will soon benefit from new climbing bean varieties that promise significantly higher yields, and which could challenge the dominance of bush beans in the country. Extensive trials by CIAT and the Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA), have shown that the new varieties can quadruple the yields compared to the more commonly-grown bush beans. The varieties growRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Beans @en, Crops @en, Regions

Helping beans gain ground in West Africa

18 January, 2010 by (comments)

By Olive Thiong’o – CIAT Africa As the West and Central Africa Bean Research Network (WECABREN) regional meeting began today, the air was thick with expectation of improving ways to intensify bean production in the region, despite the expected effects of climate change. WECABREN is the most recent entrant to the Pan Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA), with 11Read More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Beans @en, Crops @en, Regions

Jarvis on climate change adaptation

7 December, 2009 by (comments)

CIAT’s Andy Jarvis has been interviewed for Colombian National TV News about the threats and opportunities posed by climate change in the country. The feature was broadcast on Noticias Uno on Friday 4th December. Andy, who is currently attending the COP15 UN Climate Change Conference 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark, discusses the challenges to one of Colombia’s most important cashRead More …

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

Quesungual, Cambio Andino and cassava breakthrough featured in New Agriculturist

19 November, 2009 by (comments)

CIAT once again features in the latest edition of the online development magazine New Agriculturist. CIAT’s visiting researcher Aracely Castro talks about the importance of the Quesungual Slash and Mulch Agroforestry System (QSMAS) in the article Ancient lesson in agroforestry – slash but don’t burn. The traditional, eco-efficient system, from Honduras, recently received wide acclaim as a model forRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en, CIAT in the media, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

Clinton glimpses bean varieties

23 September, 2009 by (comments)

We thought we’d share this picture we just received of Hillary Clinton taking a look at drought-resistant bean varieties developed by the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI). CIAT is helping get these beans to the farmers who need them. The US Secretary of State visited the KARI headquarters in Nairobi last month while in Kenya for the eighth AfricanRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Beans @en, Crops @en, Regions