The bitter-sweet taste of Indonesia’s chocolate

25 November, 2015 by (comments)

An environmental disaster is unfolding in Asia. The “haze” plumes of smoke from Indonesia, where El Nino has stirred up more peatland fires, have since September topped average daily emissions in the US, with the smog stretching to nearby countries. During 1997, one of the worst years on record, the annual fires cost the government an estimated US$20 billionRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Climate Change, Climate Change website, Crops website, Regions

An inconvenient ground-truth

17 November, 2015 by (comments)

New deforestation hotspots point the finger at my favourite fruit I love Terra-i, but today I hate it. A lot. The system uses satellite images to track deforestation in the Amazon in near-realtime. It’s extremely accurate: if a bunch of trees come down somewhere – no matter how remote – Terra-i picks it up. Cool, right? Not today. CIAT’sRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean

Cutting down on Amazon deforestation: Watch, think, and act

10 December, 2014 by (comments)

Reducing deforestation in the Amazon is possible – Brazil has done it. Now it’s the turn of other Amazon countries to do something. With Terra-i and other Global Forest Watch contributors, let’s start by monitoring land cover changes in the region to better pinpoint drivers of deforestation and formulate appropriate responses.       Between 2004 and 2011, BrazilRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean

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

A fight to the finish against climate change

25 June, 2014 by (comments)

This post was first published on the Inter-American Development Bank’s Partnerships for Development blog. When you go up against a tough opponent like climate change, you had best go in the company of heavyweights. This is the prudent thinking that prompted the Inter-American Development Bank and the Colombia-based International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) – a member of theRead More …

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

Terra-i: No stranger to controversy

5 February, 2014 by (comments)

Two things tend to happen when people get their hands on a new tool that is fundamentally helpful. First, they discover more uses for it than anyone could have imagined. And second, the more numerous and diverse the uses, the more likely it is that the tool will eventually become associated with conflict and controversy. A recent application ofRead More …

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

Urgent action needed to prevent food shortages in West Africa’s Volta Basin

15 July, 2013 by (comments)

Tens of thousands living in West Africa’s Volta Basin could be displaced in 15 years because they won’t be able to grow enough food where they live. Their once fertile land is becoming so severely degraded due to poor land management practices that scientists predict food production in the area could drop by as much as 40% by 2028Read More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Soils, Soils website