Climate change: Arabica coffee faces a roasting

27 October, 2015 by (comments)

Scientists pinpoint the world’s most vulnerable coffee zones New research gives fresh insights into which of the world’s arabica coffee-producing zones will bear the brunt of climate change. The biggest losers will be in hotter areas with long dry seasons, such as parts of Brazil and Central America. There, almost 80% of land currently used to grow arabica coffeeRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change

Terra-i snapshots #1: A quick tour of some deforestation hotspots… and at least one reason for optimism

8 May, 2013 by (comments)

Tucked away at the back of the one storey building that is CIAT’s Decision and Policy Analysis Research Area, is a door marked E0-30. Inside is a warren of offices, one of which is the Terra-i nerve centre. Here programmers and GIS experts use images from satellites hundreds of kilometres above Earth to track deforestation in Latin America inRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean

Eye in the sky: Terra-i keeps track of deforestation

14 February, 2013 by (comments)

The recent launch of Terra-i, a near real-time deforestation monitoring system for Latin America, brings the hotspots of forest loss into sharp focus. Based on satellite information from NASA, Terra-i can zoom-in on the region’s forests to a resolution of 250m x 250m. It’s smart enough to distinguish between natural losses and those caused by human activity – andRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

Global nutrition program to revitalize efforts in Latin American and Caribbean

15 May, 2012 by (comments)

An exciting announcement from our partners, HarvestPlus: Latin American countries (LAC) are about to benefit from a renewed effort to improve nutrition and public health. AgroSalud, a program that has been developing more nutritious staple food crops for LAC has been integrated into HarvestPlus, a global program that improves nutrition by developing food crops rich in minerals and vitaminsRead More …

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Filed Under: Crop diversity, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

This is what deforestation looks like from space…

11 July, 2011 by (comments)

…or rather, different kinds of deforestation. The first of these shots shows “classic” slash-and-burn agriculture in the Peruvian Amazon. It combines a series of satellite images taken between 1990 and 2000. The coloured clusters depict recently cleared areas of vegetation (purple) and those where vegetation is re-growing (green). The second image, from Mato Grosso, Brazil, shows vegetation clearance overRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

World food prices: Sugar bucks the trend for June

8 July, 2011 by (comments)

Food prices remained high for June, rising one percent on the FAO Food Price Index of May and 39 percent higher than in June 2010.   However, cereal prices were down one percent from May, thanks to improved weather conditions in Europe and the lifting of the wheat export ban in Russia. Dry weather affected sugar production in Brazil, the world’sRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en

Brazilian food security expert to head up FAO

28 June, 2011 by (comments)

José Graziano da Silva of Brazil has been elected Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), a three-year term he will undertake as of January 2012, succeeding Senegal’s Jacques Diouf. Former Brazilian food security minister, Graziano da Silva earned recognition for his policies against hunger and malnutrition which helped lift 24 million people out of poverty andRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en