“White gold” beans to beat drought in Ethiopia

5 October, 2015 by (comments)

  New drought-resilient white beans – most commonly used to make baked beans – will be deployed to Ethiopia, as erratic weather threatens national production and farmers’ incomes. Severe drought in Ethiopia, Africa’s largest exporter of the bean used to make baked beans, could hit production for millions who cultivate and rely on income from the bean. The droughtRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Beans @en, Climate Change, Climate Change website, Crops @en, Crops website, Regions

Down to earth data

5 December, 2014 by (comments)

  “Diversity.” It’s not often you get a one word answer from researchers, given the complexity of their work, but that’s the answer CIAT’s soil scientist Rolf Sommer gave when asked his impression of Lushoto district nestling in north-eastern Tanzania’s Usambara Mountains. Then he was whisked off into a meeting. On first arriving in Lushoto town, after winding upRead More …

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Generating a climate conscience through south-south learning

4 September, 2013 by (comments)

What have Colombia and Senegal in common? Both are fighting (and winning) for a place in the World Cup next year. But perhaps of far more importance, both countries are taking a global lead in confronting climate challenges. Senegal is a country where for millennia farmers have learned to manage their climate. There is tremendous indigenous knowledge about indicatorsRead More …

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Will 2012 be remembered as the unofficial Year of Cassava?

16 May, 2012 by (comments)

It might be an abuse of artistic license, but 2012 might well be remembered as the first International Year of Cassava – in all but name. That’s because this year has already witnessed a sea change in the way the world regards this long-neglected crop. And it’s about time really: cassava feeds half-a-billion people in Africa every day, andRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Asia @en, Cassava @en, Climate Change, Crop diversity, Crops @en, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

Scientists warn of the legacy of carbon dioxide

11 January, 2011 by (comments)

Carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere will contribute to global warming for centuries to come, a group of Canadian scientists has warned in an article just published in Nature Geoscience. Even more worryingly, they argue that the complete abandonment of fossil fuels will not prevent devastating ocean warming and desertification. Follow the link to find out more, including whyRead More …

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La Niña drought threatens millions of livestock – KENYA

7 January, 2011 by (comments)

The La Niña weather system, which has brought torrential rains and devastating floods to Colombia in recent months, has left Kenyan livestock keepers in the north of the country facing severe drought. The United Nations news service IRIN reports today that up to 22 million livestock could die unless urgent action is taken to address water shortages and toRead More …

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