World Food Prices – CIAT Analysis

17 January, 2011 by (comments)

CIAT’s economist Bernardo Creamer talks about the recent rises in world food prices, and compares the situation now with the world food price crisis of 2006-2008. He also raises the importance of improving agricultural research-and-development to improve crop productivity to reduce the impact of adverse weather and climate change on yields and therefore food prices.

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en

Predicting crop suitability – the CaNaSTA story

7 January, 2011 by (comments)

CIAT scientist Peter Laderach has co-authored a new book on the benefits of the CaNaSTA (Crop Niche Selection in Tropical Agriculture) software. See the book: Crop Niche Selection for Tropical Agriculture (CaNaSTA): Method, manual and case studies. The software can help predict crop suitability in particular regions – and it’s free to download. It has been used to supportRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

Climate change photo stories are now online

1 December, 2010 by (comments)

Farmer testimonials highlight the challenge of adapting agriculture to two degrees of global warming You hear a lot about “two degrees” nowadays. Conventional wisdom has it that if the international community can contain global temperature rises to within two degrees Celsius by 2050, it can prevent “runaway” global warming that can never be reined back in. But agricuture is highlyRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Multimedia @en

Voice of America reveals the secrets of CIAT “supergrass”

2 November, 2010 by (comments)

CIAT scientists feature in a new documentary about the environmental benefits of brachiaria, produced by US broadcaster Voice of America. Brachiaria – a nutritious forage grass – can drastically reduce the environmental impact of livestock production by inhibiting nitrification, the process by which soil nitrogen is converted into the potent greenhouse gas nitrous oxide. Continued research into brachiaria couldRead More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media, Crops @en, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions, Tropical Forages

CIAT in two-part Voice of America feature

6 October, 2010 by (comments)

CIAT’s work to predict the possible impact of climate change on agriculture and food security features in a two-part documentary produced by US broadcaster Voice of America. In the documentary, Andy Jarvis, head of the Center’s Decision and Policy Analysis (DAPA) program, explains that climate change is likely to change the geography of agriculture, and calls for more researchRead More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media, Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

Thailand in “sting operation” to kill cassava pest

15 July, 2010 by (comments)

Eco-efficient South American wasp to seek-and-destroy mealybug plague A carefully crafted emergency campaign is underway to thwart a pest outbreak wreaking havoc on cassava production in Thailand. Agricultural researchers from the Thai Department of Agriculture will release around a quarter of a million parasitic wasps in the northeastern part of the country tomorrow (July 17), as a form ofRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Cassava @en, Crops @en, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

In pictures – AgroSalud featured in New Agriculturist

5 May, 2010 by (comments)

A picture feature on the work of AgroSalud, the pioneering CIAT-based initiative working to improve the nutritional content of staple crops in Latin America, appears in the latest edition of New Agriculturist. The online publication, funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), reports on cutting edge agricultural science aimed at improving the livelihoods of small producers aroundRead More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media, Crop diversity, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions