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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A double win for CIAT scientists

29 September, 2015 by (comments)

Crossposted from: CIAT DAPA Blog. CIAT scientists are celebrating a double win after their new crowdsourcing approach to climate-smart agriculture (CSA) was selected for two ClimateCoLab awards. Organized by the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, the awards recognize the innovative use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in Climate Change research. The CIAT system enables farmers and scientists toRead More …

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Regional Workshop on Climate Smart Agriculture Technologies

17 June, 2015 by (comments)

Scientists and experts in agriculture and climate change from across Asia gathered in Manila, the Philippines from June 2-4th, to discuss climate-smart agricultural technologies for the region. Participants came from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka Nepal, and Bhutan, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Mongolia. Among them, Nora Guerten and Andy Jarvis represented CIAT. AgricultureRead More …

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Initiative 20×20: Getting large-scale land restoration on track

9 December, 2014 by (comments)

Last Sunday, government ministers from six Latin America countries joined a half dozen private investors at the Global Landscape Forum (held alongside the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru) to launch Initiative 20×20. Led by the World Resources Institute and supported by CIAT, the initiative aims to get the restoration of 20 million hectares of degraded land on track by 2020.Read More …

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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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Climate-proofing rice farming in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

19 September, 2014 by (comments)

This post is part of a wider initiative to bring Climate-Smart Agriculture under the spotlight, spearheaded by the CGIAR’s Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security program, led by CIAT.  Rice farmer Ho Thai Benam stands outside a noisy hall, looking over at the on-going workshop keenly. Asked why the interest, she says: “I have children studying in the cityRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Climate Change, Crops @en, Regions, Rice @en

Chocolate? Sure, as long as it’s 55% shade

16 June, 2014 by (comments)

I personally like dark chocolate, with 70% cocoa or more. But if my chocolate can also be climate friendly, even better. This is where the shade percentage matters. Let’s take a look at cocoa production then. Brazil was once among the world’s main cocoa producers, but yield levels have declined in the 1990s due to a combination of agronomicRead More …

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