China investing billions to manage drought

2 March, 2011 by (comments)

China, the world’s largest wheat exporter, is investing US$1 billion drilling for water to curtail the effects of a longstanding drought and avoid a global grain crisis, the BBC reports. With wheat farmers in the dry north struggling to produce sufficient yields, a billion dollar construction project is also underway to channel water from the Yellow River in theRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Regions

Svalbard Global Seed Vault marks 3rd birthday

25 February, 2011 by (comments)

Congratulations to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, which celebrates its third birthday today. The huge repository, buried in permafrost in the Norwegian archipeligo of Svalbard, serves as a back-up for more than 600,000 plant seed samples from genebanks around the world. CIAT’s fourth shipment of seeds recently arrived at the Vault, after a 10,000km journey from the genebank atRead More …

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Filed Under: Inside CIAT

CIAT experts home in on endangered plants – to improve food production & climate change adaptation

11 January, 2011 by (comments)

CIAT’s Andy Jarvis – crop wild relatives by CIAT CIAT scientists are pinpointing areas around the world for the collection of some of the world’s most important plant species. The team will run computer models to determine the likely locations of endangered wild relatives of some of the world’s most important food crops like wheat, rice and beans. CollectionRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Crop diversity

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

Weathering the drought

15 January, 2010 by (comments)

An interview with CIAT’s spatial analyst Andy Farrow is featured on the CGIAR’s ICT-KM blog today. Andy describes the work of the recently-concluded Nodes of Growth project to improve legume seed networks in Kenya – and how the country’s recent drought brought some unexpected challenges. You can read the article Weathering the Drought: An interview with Andy Farrow here.

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Regions

Drought tolerant beans bring relief to farmers

8 January, 2010 by (comments)

Millions of farmers are set to benefit from a new drought-tolerant bean variety developed jointly by CIAT and the national agricultural research program of Nicaragua. The release of the hardy “INTA Sequia” common bean, which can survive extreme drought, coincided with last month’s United Nations COP15 Climate Change conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, where world leaders met to discuss waysRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Beans @en, Crops @en, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions