Addressing the need for seed… and what we can learn from Amazon.com

20 January, 2016 by (comments)

Researchers believe they have uncovered a promising opportunity for reaching smallholder farmers in developing countries with vital crops that could help them respond to a host of challenges including climate change and malnutrition. It could have important implications for the way seed sales and distribution are organised, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. For decades, scientists have developed new crop varietiesRead More …

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A smart revolution: World Congress in Asia

13 January, 2016 by (comments)

If you’re on a diet in 2016, restricting your carb intake might be on your list of New Year’s resolutions. But around the world, demand is on the rise for starch and other forms of carbohydrate, as incomes rise and consumer preferences change. It might seem strange that demand for a starchy root crop would increase with higher incomes.Read More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Cassava @en, Crops @en, Crops website, Regions

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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Bovine Intervention: Colombia prepares to give unsustainable cattle production the hoof

15 December, 2015 by (comments)

An ambitious proposal from the Colombian government to make cattle production more sustainable could save over a billion tonnes in greenhouse gas emissions, while protecting forests, regenerating land and boosting farmer incomes. If funded, the work will contribute to the country’s commitments to tackle climate change agreed at COP21 in Paris last week. With around 23 million cattle grazingRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean

Smart beans help farmers cope with global warming – CIAT on Deutsche Welle

10 December, 2015 by (comments)

The eyes of the world are on Paris as leaders from 195 countries continue to hammer out a global agreement on how to address climate change, a threat that is expected to have huge impact on the ability of some communities to grow food. Take beans, for example. Beans are a cheap and healthy diet staple for millions, especiallyRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Beans @en, Climate Change

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

Southeast Asia’s best cassava breeders form network

19 October, 2015 by (comments)

A network of Southeast Asia’s cassava breeders, who have achieved some of the best progress in breeding history worldwide, met in Hanoi, Vietnam on October 9th and 10th to discuss research milestones and next steps. Around two million hectares of cassava are planted to Southeast Asia’s breeding programs, said Dr. Clair Hershey, CIAT’s cassava program leader in his opening remarks.Read More …

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Filed Under: Inside Asia, Inside CIAT