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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Informing decision makers on climate change adaptation in Haiti

4 September, 2014 by (comments)

On 28 August, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Haiti’s Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Rural Development (MARDNR) convened a conference in Port au Prince, Haiti, to present and discuss the results of a recent CIAT study with key decision makers and donors in the country. Anton Eitzinger presented the main conclusions of the study, which was carried outRead More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media, Climate Change, Crops @en, Latin America and the Caribbean

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

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

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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Filed Under: Africa @en, CIAT in the media, Climate Change, Regions