Can Colombia lead the way to the agriculture of the future?

28 February, 2014 by (comments)

Climate change adaptation is a big concept, one that doesn’t get any simpler when applied to agriculture. The sector is affected by a range of factors, from climate, to socio-economics, to international trade policy. What’s more, climate change is unprecedented and adaptation is thus a work-in-progress; there are very few – if any – past examples to learn from.Read More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change

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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Filed Under: Climate Change, Climate Change website

Terra-i snapshots #1: A quick tour of some deforestation hotspots… and at least one reason for optimism

8 May, 2013 by (comments)

Tucked away at the back of the one storey building that is CIAT’s Decision and Policy Analysis Research Area, is a door marked E0-30. Inside is a warren of offices, one of which is the Terra-i nerve centre. Here programmers and GIS experts use images from satellites hundreds of kilometres above Earth to track deforestation in Latin America inRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean

CIAT’s “Marge Simpson” cassava featured in The Guardian

11 April, 2013 by (comments)

UK newspaper The Guardian has published an in-depth piece on the potential of cassava as a cash crop in Africa. The article goes into detail about the strange-looking, but highly promising experimental cassava growing at CIAT’s headquarters in Colombia, recently reported here on the CIAT news blog. Tall, compact and likened in appearance both to asparagus and Marge Simpson’sRead More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media

The Climate Reality Project – Colombian coffee on the frontline

19 December, 2012 by (comments)

It was probably only a matter of time before the names Andy Jarvis, Peter Laderach and Al Gore appeared in the same sentence. So it’s great to see that a recent documentary about climate change and smallholder coffee production in Colombia finally unites these two beacons of CIAT’s climate change research with the former US Vice President, Nobel LaureateRead More …

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

“Seek-and-destroy” protein could sound the death knell for cassava viruses

1 November, 2012 by (comments)

A new CIAT project to develop an advanced self-defence reflex for cassava could enable the crop to resist devastating attacks from some of its most damaging pathogens. If you’re a regular reader of the CIAT blog, you’ll know by now that cassava is the second–most important food crop in Africa, a staple in South America, and a vital industrialRead More …

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Filed Under: Cassava @en, Crops @en

Quesungual, Cambio Andino and cassava breakthrough featured in New Agriculturist

19 November, 2009 by (comments)

CIAT once again features in the latest edition of the online development magazine New Agriculturist. CIAT’s visiting researcher Aracely Castro talks about the importance of the Quesungual Slash and Mulch Agroforestry System (QSMAS) in the article Ancient lesson in agroforestry – slash but don’t burn. The traditional, eco-efficient system, from Honduras, recently received wide acclaim as a model forRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en, CIAT in the media, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions