Making the business case for climate-smart agriculture

18 December, 2015 by (comments)

If you’re a regular visitor to the CIAT blog, you’ll already know that climate change is expected to take a big bite out of chocolate production. A storm is brewing for coffee too. You’ve probably also been hearing that climate-smart agriculture (CSA) can help farmers big and small prepare for and respond to climate change – not just forRead More …

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If chocolate is doomed, are we too?

4 June, 2013 by (comments)

If you had to name a crop that was absolutely essential to human survival you probably wouldn’t say cocoa straight off the bat. But the crop that’s the main raw ingredient in chocolate is one we should all be paying close attention to – and here’s why. Back in September 2011 CIAT scientists produced a report on the likelyRead More …

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Climate change, supermodels and uncertainty

21 February, 2012 by (comments)

Accurately predicting tomorrow’s weather is notoriously difficult. So what are we to make of climate change studies that make predictions for 50 years’ time? According to three new reports from the CGIAR’s Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Research Program, the models commonly used for predicting future climates were pretty wide of the mark when they were testedRead More …

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Climate change to ruin Valentine’s Day?

13 February, 2012 by (comments)

CIAT’s 2011 study into the possible effects of climate change on the production of cocoa – the key raw ingredient in chocolate  – seems to pop up everywhere these days. It got a mention in this piece from last Friday’s LA Times, along with a report from Climate Nexus which suggests the 30% slump in sugarcane production in IndonesiaRead More …

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In case you missed it (Part 2) – CIAT, chocolate and climate change featured in the Daily Telegraph

16 January, 2012 by (comments)

There’s no doubt that CIAT’s report predicting the serious impact of climate change on smallholder cocoa producers in West Africa caught the interest of many when it was first released in September last year. Over the Christmas period – a time of great indulgence in chocolate in many developed countries – the story appeared again, several times. This write-upRead More …

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