Ambitious cocoa project featured in Coffee & Cocoa International

29 March, 2010 by (comments)

The latest on an ambitious project involving CIAT and key partners to improve the livelihoods of West African cocoa farmers is featured in the current edition of trade magazine Coffee and Cocoa International. Early 2010 marks the halfway point in the four-year-long Ghana Fine Flavor Cocoa Project, which aims to link all stages of the cocoa value chain andRead More …

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

CIAT’s Flickr page – 100,000 hits and rising

17 March, 2010 by (comments)

CIAT photographs hosted on the Flickr website have received more than 100,000 hits – in less than a year. The milestone figure was reached this morning. The ever-growing online photo library features over 1,300 images of CIAT’s work to find eco-efficient solutions to hunger in the tropics. Creative Commons licensing enables users to download and publish the pictures free-of-chargeRead More …

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New climbing beans featured in Sci-Dev

5 February, 2010 by (comments)

The recent release of 15 improved climbing bean varieties in Rwanda features in the latest edition of the online development magazine Sci-Dev. The beans, developed by the CIAT and its partner, the Rwandan Agricultural Research Institute (ISAR), are well-suited to rainy, high-altitude areas, and include varieties with disease resistance. Some could triple the yields of the more commonly grownRead More …

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New Video – Cassava: fuel of the future?

2 October, 2009 by (comments)

The recent trial of cassava fuel to power a CIAT car attracted worldwide media attention. Now you can see it for yourselves. This short video documents the use of CIAT’s high-starch cassava varieties, together with small-scale processing plants developed by Clayuca, to produce ethanol from cassava. As Clayuca’s Bernardo Ospina explains, using the fuel to power a car isRead More …

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

Agriculture R&D needs strong support

7 September, 2009 by (comments)

CIAT has welcomed a recent article in the journal Science, which calls for more funding for agricultural research to protect against food shortages and price hikes. The article notes that agricultural productivity and grain yields have been falling in recent years, and that without the right investment, this could have “profound implications for food price trends in the future.”Read More …

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CIAT and partners win best poster award at World Water Week

25 August, 2009 by (comments)

A CIAT poster detailing ways to improve rain water use has beaten 70 other contenders to scoop first prize during World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, last week. The winning poster, titled “Improving the efficiency of rain water use on hillsides in the sub-humid tropics: agricultural & environmental benefits of Quesungual system” was presented by CIAT’s Visiting Researcher AracelyRead More …

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G8 food security initiative – at the right time

15 July, 2009 by (comments)

The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has welcomed the G8’s decision to boost agricultural development spending by US$20 billion over the next few years. The G8 group concluded their week-long summit in Rome with details of the initiative, which will seek to boost food production in some of the poorest countries in the world. The money willRead More …

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