Small-scale seed systems key to food security

2 March, 2011 by (comments)

Providing improved crop varieties to smallholder farmers through local seed enterprises is key to ensuring food security and nutrition in the developing world, according to a new FAO report. Promoting the Growth and Development of Smallholder Seed Enterprises for Food Security Crops is designed to help governments build efficient seed delivery systems adapted to the level of their agriculturalRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en

Food prices: Leaders warn of “economic war”

28 January, 2011 by (comments)

With supply fears looming, some countries are racing to stockpile crops like wheat and rice, sending prices through the roof, the Financial Times has reported. Countries are reacting to the various fires, floods and droughts of the last few months that have affected global crop yields, as well as to the current social unrest about food prices occurring in NorthRead More …

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Climate-smart crops get to the root of the problem

7 January, 2011 by (comments)

New climate-hardy beans that produce good yields in drought conditions and poor soils go, quite literally, to the root of the problem. The new bean lines developed by CIAT and its partners are resistant to aluminium toxicity and drought, two major causes of crop failure in acid soils during times of low rainfall. Aluminum toxicity causes the stunting ofRead More …

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Filed Under: Beans @en, Crop diversity, Crops @en

COP16 to mark the launch of CIAT-led climate change program

18 November, 2010 by (comments)

With just 15 days to go before the official launch of the CGIAR’s largest climate change program to date, we’re putting the finishing touches on Two Degrees Up – collection of case studies documenting the challenge of climate change to small farmers in Colombia, Ghana and Kenya. Click to view Two Degrees Up trailer, and remember to turn onRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change