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

Quesungual – remember the name, and not just for Scrabble

10 December, 2012 by (comments)

When Hurricane Mitch struck Honduras in 1998, torrential downpours triggered landslides that wiped out huge areas of crops. This compounded a shockwave of malnutrition spreading across the country caused by an intense El Niño-driven drought the year before. But some farmers suffered only minor losses or none at all: they were practicing Quesungual (“Ke-sun-gwal”). If Quesungual sounds like someRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean, Soils, Soils website

Tortillas on the Roaster – climate change threatens one million maize and bean farmers in Central America

24 October, 2012 by (comments)

Tortillas on the Roaster, a new climate change study from CIAT, CIMMYT and Catholic Relief Services, has found that climate change is likely to cause serious problems for two of Central America’s most important staple food crops: maize and beans. According to the report, around one million smallholder farmers and their families could find themselves in the danger zone,Read More …

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Filed Under: Beans @en, Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean

Nicaragua: water harvesting work featured in New Agriculturist

8 May, 2012 by (comments)

If you’ve ever been to Nicaragua during the dry season, you’ll know why we’ve been getting very excited about some water harvesting rpojects there. For the latest on the work – by the CIAT-based Latin American Fund for Irrigated Rice (FLAR) – have a look at this feature, just published as part of a Climate Sustainable Agriculture special featureRead More …

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

BBC photo gallery features six CIAT projects to mark Earth Day

7 May, 2012 by (comments)

The Spanish language news site BBC Mundo has featured six CIAT projects as part of a 12-picture photo gallery to mark Earth Day. The gallery covers CIAT work with water harvesting in Central America; biofortification, climate change resilience, site-specific agriculture, and gene bank conservation in Colombia. Click below to find out more – if your Spanish is up toRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en, Beans @en, Cassava @en, CIAT in the media, Crops @en, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions, Rice @en, Tropical Fruits

Water harvesting project makes a splash

24 November, 2011 by (comments)

If you’ve been following the CIAT blog for the last few months, you’ll know we’ve been getting rather excited about a series of water harvesting pilot projects going on in Nicaragua, which have completely transformed food production there. This is much, much more than just collecting rainwater in buckets. Read more about it in this piece, published by theRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en

Sustainable intensification transforms landscapes and livelihoods – in one year

28 April, 2011 by (comments)

It could be the Holy Grail of eco-efficient agriculture – the sustainable transformation of arid land incapable of supporting food production, into green oases of rice, beans, and maize… …in just one year. Recent water harvesting pilot projects in Nicaragua have done just this. Coordinated by The Latin American Fund for Irrigated Rice (FLAR), based at CIAT‘s headquarters inRead More …

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