Addressing the need for seed… and what we can learn from Amazon.com

20 January, 2016 by (comments)

Researchers believe they have uncovered a promising opportunity for reaching smallholder farmers in developing countries with vital crops that could help them respond to a host of challenges including climate change and malnutrition. It could have important implications for the way seed sales and distribution are organised, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. For decades, scientists have developed new crop varietiesRead More …

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On the trail of DR Congo’s purple “gorillas”

11 July, 2013 by (comments)

We’ve travelled about an hour north of Bukavu, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, against the flow of UN trucks, to pull up at a thronging crossroads in Mita village. On the dusty traffic island are indicators that we’re not far from one of the few refuges of the endangered eastern lowland gorilla: a dilapidated tourist sign for Kahuzi-Biega NationalRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Beans @en, Crops @en, Crops website

Eye in the sky: Terra-i keeps track of deforestation

14 February, 2013 by (comments)

The recent launch of Terra-i, a near real-time deforestation monitoring system for Latin America, brings the hotspots of forest loss into sharp focus. Based on satellite information from NASA, Terra-i can zoom-in on the region’s forests to a resolution of 250m x 250m. It’s smart enough to distinguish between natural losses and those caused by human activity – andRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

CIAT’s guinea pig work in DRC featured by Reuters

7 May, 2012 by (comments)

Work by CIAT scientists to improve rural nutrition in Democratic Republic of Congo through guinea pig production has featured as one of the “Solutions for a Hungry World” – a special feature by Alertnet, the humanitarian arm of the Reuters news agency. No-one is really sure how guinea pigs – known in East Africa as “cavies” – arrived inRead More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media, Crops @en, Regions

Africa experiences a series of “mini-Green Revolutions”

12 April, 2011 by (comments)

International conference to bring good news from the Great Lakes New eco-efficient farming practices have triggered a series of “mini-Green Revolutions” in the Great Lakes region of Africa, and will be the focus of a forthcoming international conference in Rwanda. The new techniques are based on so-called “sustainable intensification” —a concept recently championed by the UK’s chief scientific adviserRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Regions

Congo guinea pig count keeps rising

17 February, 2010 by (comments)

Mainstream international media interest in CIAT’s work to improve guinea pig production in war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo continues today. The BBC’s Spanish language site BBC Mundo gives a great write up of the news report, originally posted on the CIAT blog on Monday. The story has now been published over 140 times worldwide in the last 24 hours.Read More …

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

Guinea pigs in drive to improve food security in DRC

15 February, 2010 by (comments)

Pioneering new work by CIAT and its partners to improve guinea pig production could help tackle food insecurity in the conflict zones of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It follows the surprise discovery last year of the rodents – native to South America – being kept as “micro-livestock” by rural households the troubled North and South Kivu districtsRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Regions