Raising the bar for Haiti’s agricultural development

19 December, 2013 by (comments)

CIAT’s partnership with Haiti has gained new strength, as a result of the recent visit of a delegation from the country’s Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Rural Development (MARNDR). Discussions and activities aimed at putting Haiti on a path toward eco-efficient agriculture began in August of this year, with a visit from Kanayo Nwanze, president of the InternationalRead More …

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Eco-efficient agriculture could solve “crisis of poverty” – UN

9 March, 2011 by (comments)

Eco-efficient farming could help confront the food and “poverty” crisis by boosting yields and reducing food prices, according to the United Nations (UN),  BusinessGreen reports. The new UN report announced yesterday on UNifeed, Agro-ecology and the Right to Food, argues that a switch to sustainable, or “agro-ecological” agriculture will help maintain the supply of natural resources for our growing population.Read More …

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Guyana pushes for rice resilience

1 March, 2011 by (comments)

Guyana’s minister of agriculture has revealed national adaptation strategies to ensure the country’s rice production is not brought down by climate change, AlertNet reports. Developing new rice varieties with flood, drought and salinity tolerance is of particular focus, as many rice farmers suffered major crop losses during the floods of 2005 and droughts of 2009. The government also identifiesRead More …

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CIAT and USDA forging new links

18 February, 2011 by (comments)

Dr Jonathan Lundgren, research entomologist with the Agricultural Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA-ARS), is visiting CIAT for the next three months to develop collaborations between USDA and CIAT. Here he talks about the background and objectives of his visit. Over the years, CGIAR and USDA-ARS have collaborated on several research projects. In June 2010,Read More …

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Eco-efficiency preserves soil life, CIAT study confirms

16 February, 2011 by (comments)

New research from CIAT and the University of Western Australia has found that through the Quesungual Slash and Mulch Agroforestry System (QSMAS), soil health is maintained through the presence of soil-dwelling organisms. QSMAS is an eco-efficient farming system developed as an alternative to slash and burn agriculture. It involves a combination of post-harvest mulching, no tillage, and efficient fertilizers-useRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en

FAO encourages sustainable agriculture to ease pressure on food prices

31 January, 2011 by (comments)

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has released a guide advising countries on ways to manage the impact of high food prices. It also urges a long-term approach to price management, including the “sustainable intensification” of agricultural production to increase productivity and a country’s resilience to international food price hikes. This includes the promotion of community seedRead More …

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Latest edition of CIAT’s e-newsletter

3 September, 2010 by (comments)

Read the e-newsletter Challenges & Innovations The current issue of CIAT’s e-newsletter starts with some thoughtful observations by CIAT’s Director General Ruben Echeverría on donor funding, alliances, and south-south technology exchanges, followed by a summary of the excellent outcomes of the recent visit by the Colombian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to the Center. This issue also includesRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Multimedia @en, Regions