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

Women as drivers of positive change

5 March, 2015 by (comments)

In many developing countries, women play a major role in agricultural activity. They can be responsible for growing and selling crops and livestock, in addition to taking care of the household and all the members of the family. As a result of climate change – which can exacerbate pests and plant diseases, degraded landscapes, declined soil fertility, reduced yields,Read More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Gender, Multimedia @en

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

UN awards big data project for confronting crazy weather in rice production

2 September, 2014 by (comments)

CGIAR scientists wielding big data tools to blunt the impacts of climate change on Latin America’s rice production have been named one of two winners of the Big Data Climate Challenge, to be awarded at the United Nations Climate Summit taking place on 23 September in New York City. The other winner is the World Resource Institute’s Global ForestRead More …

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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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Advancing climate-smart agriculture: CCAFS Annual Report 2013 highlights the program’s main contributions to attaining food security in a changing climate

29 May, 2014 by (comments)

The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) is dedicated to putting climate-smart agriculture at the heart of farming practices and policy across the globe. CCAFS, whose research is closely integrated with capacity strengthening, partner engagement, and creative communications, presents impressive achievements over the last year in its Annual Report 2013, published earlier this month.Read More …

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We all are drivers of (climate) change

15 April, 2014 by (comments)

Has the tone changed in discussions about our climate? That of the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published on 31 March certainly has. While the IPCC has repeatedly warned us about the risks related to climate change, this time around, the message sounds particularly urgent. The report confirms that human activities are responsible forRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change