Quesungual – remember the name, and not just for Scrabble

10 December, 2012 by (comments)

When Hurricane Mitch struck Honduras in 1998, torrential downpours triggered landslides that wiped out huge areas of crops. This compounded a shockwave of malnutrition spreading across the country caused by an intense El Niño-driven drought the year before. But some farmers suffered only minor losses or none at all: they were practicing Quesungual (“Ke-sun-gwal”). If Quesungual sounds like someRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean, Soils, Soils website

Just add water: food production transformed in drought-prone Nicaragua

6 May, 2011 by (comments)

Following last week’s tantalising post about some very exciting water harvesting pilot projects in Nicaragua, today we can bring you a just-finished photofilm, documenting the work – and its potential for expansion across Central America, and beyond. The work, coordinated by FLAR, and financed by the Common Fund for Commodities, shows that farmers’ fortunes really can be transformed veryRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

Sustainable intensification transforms landscapes and livelihoods – in one year

28 April, 2011 by (comments)

It could be the Holy Grail of eco-efficient agriculture – the sustainable transformation of arid land incapable of supporting food production, into green oases of rice, beans, and maize… …in just one year. Recent water harvesting pilot projects in Nicaragua have done just this. Coordinated by The Latin American Fund for Irrigated Rice (FLAR), based at CIAT‘s headquarters inRead More …

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

World Water Day: Tapping the potential of H2O

22 March, 2011 by (comments)

On World Water Day 2011, an occasion for raising awareness about the sustainable use of one of the world’s most precious resources, you can calculate your water footprint here to check if you’re a water saver or a water waster. The FAO has marked world water day by calling for greater investment in water management innovations, including improved agriculturalRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en, Inside CIAT

CIAT’s Flickr site – 200,000 hits

12 January, 2011 by (comments)

CIAT’s online photo gallery at Flickr received its 200,000th hit overnight. The site, set up in May 2009, now features more than 1,800 pictures documenting the work of CIAT to develop and promote eco-efficient agriculture to help reduce poverty across the Tropics. The pictures have Creative Commons licences, meaning you can use them – the usual conditions apply thoughRead More …

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Filed Under: Multimedia @en

CIAT’s Annual Program Review gets underway

6 May, 2010 by (comments)

CIAT scientists from around the world have arrived in Colombia for the institution’s Annual Program Review. The three-day event is a chance for them to showcase their work to improve rural livelihoods through eco-efficient agriculture, and to share their visions for the year ahead. For those of you unable to make the event in person, we’ll post updates, presentationsRead More …

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Filed Under: Inside CIAT