Smart development in 5 questions

11 June, 2014 by (comments)

Customer service is at the heart of business. Companies tirelessly survey and sound out their clients, and adapt their strategies and products as necessary. Why should it be different when it comes to development? A new approach proposed by a group of researchers at CIAT intends to do just that: get continuous feedback from project stakeholders and make immediateRead More …

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Beans face stiff competition at drought Olympics

23 September, 2013 by (comments)

Every 4 years, experts from around the world gather for a meeting of the InterDrought Consortium. Think of it as a sort of drought Olympics. The metaphor seems especially apt when you consider that Olympia, the site of the original games in ancient Greece, is a pretty dry place. Instead of competing with one another and giving out medals,Read More …

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Filed Under: Beans @en, Crops @en, Crops website

“Seek-and-destroy” protein could sound the death knell for cassava viruses

1 November, 2012 by (comments)

A new CIAT project to develop an advanced self-defence reflex for cassava could enable the crop to resist devastating attacks from some of its most damaging pathogens. If you’re a regular reader of the CIAT blog, you’ll know by now that cassava is the second–most important food crop in Africa, a staple in South America, and a vital industrialRead More …

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Filed Under: Cassava @en, Crops @en

Too hot for chocolate?

28 September, 2011 by (comments)

Only dentists will be happy about this news. It looks as though climate change is going to take a bite out of chocolate production, according to a new study by scientists at CIAT. As well as having the potential to affect the supply – and therefore the price – of chocolate, this is very worrying news for thousands ofRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Climate Change, Regions