CIAT’s director general Ruben Echeverría speaks to Australia’s ABC Radio

30 July, 2012 by (comments)

CIAT’s director general talks to Australia’s ABC radio’s PM program, about CIAT, the “perfect storm” of challenges facing smallholder farmers in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and how these can be overcome through scientific research. You can listen and read the transcript here.

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Asia @en, CIAT in the media, Latin America and the Caribbean

Hope for a hunger-free Africa

10 May, 2011 by (comments)

By CIAT Africa There is hope for a hunger-free Africa – this was the optimistic message from Dr. Namanga Ngongi, of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), during his keynote address at the opening of the CIAT annual program review in Nairobi, yesterday. According to Dr Ngoni, with Africa’s main development challenge is producing enough foodRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Inside CIAT, Regions

CIAT prepares for first ever annual review on African soil

4 May, 2011 by (comments)

CIAT launches its annual review meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, next week, with a keynote address from Dr. Namanga Ngongi, President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). The event, held for the first time on African soil – will see senior scientists from CIAT’s headquarters in Colombia, and regional office in Southeast Asia, join their colleaguesRead More …

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Extreme weather: here to stay?

2 February, 2011 by (comments)

As Australia feels the force of one of the biggest tropical storms in its history, extreme weather in Asia has also been wreaking havoc recently. Month-long heavy rains in the Philippines have killed at least 75 people, and caused US$45 million in damage to infrastructure and agriculture. Fortunately, major rice and maize crops have so far escaped the worstRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change

Latin America – the world’s future rice bowl?

24 September, 2010 by (comments)

Latin America and the Caribbean could become “the world’s future rice bowl”, an international conference has heard. In his presentation to around 400 delegates at the XI International Rice conference for Latin America and the Caribbean, in Cali, Colombia this week, Bob Zeigler, director-general of CIAT’s sister center, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), outlined what the region needsRead More …

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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

Vice Minister supports CoCoon initiative at CIAT

22 September, 2009 by (comments)

Colombia’s Vice Minister of Environment, Housing and Territorial Development, Claudia Mora, was at CIAT today, to speak at the Conflict and Cooperation over Natural Resources (CoCoon) Matchmaking meeting. The two-day conference at CIAT’s headquarters in Palmira has brought together experts to help strengthen regional ties in Central and South America. The resulting regional consortium, along with those formed inRead More …

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Filed Under: Inside CIAT, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions