CIAT and partners toast new BREAD project

10 August, 2011 by (comments)

A pioneering initiative by scientists at CIAT, our sister center the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the University of California-Davis, could significantly speed-up the improvement of cassava and banana crops, and help to transform breeding and production systems. It was one of just six projects to be approved in this year’s highly competitive round of prestigious BREADRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en

Innovative CIAT fruit project moves into top gear

23 May, 2011 by (comments)

Traditional vehicle could drive nationwide knowledge sharing exercise After recruiting more than a thousand farmers in its first year, an ambitious CIAT initiative to improve fruit production in Colombia through large-scale knowledge sharing, is about to be driven, quite literally, into its next phase. The Site-Specific Agriculture based on Farmers’ Experiences (SSAFE) project could see the highly anticipated launchRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Crops @en, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions, Tropical Fruits

Gourmet guide gives a glimpse of the future of specialty coffee production

16 May, 2011 by (comments)

A new guide book to producing specialty coffee, and business models that will help improving coffee bean quality and boost farmers’ incomes, is due to be published imminently by the International Plant Nutrition Institute’s Southeast Asia Program. Click the cover image below to view chapter summaries and author profiles: While coffee is one of the most important commodities inRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

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

Climate change “catastrophe” for India’s farmers

4 January, 2011 by (comments)

The UK’s The Independent newspaper today reports on the deeply unsettling story of farmer suicides in India. Among the several complex issues addressed in India’s hidden climate change catastrophe, drought and changing weather patterns are mentioned as possible causes of farmers abandoning their land and migrating to urban slums, and sometimes even more desperate measures. As interviewee Alka AwastiRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Climate Change, Regions

Land reform could end Colombia’s guerilla war – TIME

3 January, 2011 by (comments)

Did you know? Colombia has the second-highest number of internally displaced people in the world, after Sudan. This article in Time magazine takes a look at the Colombian government’s new land reform policy, which aims “to pacify the countryside and recharge the rural economy…to return ill-gotten acreage to small farmers and provide them with all-important land titles and loans.”

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

CIAT in two-part Voice of America feature

6 October, 2010 by (comments)

CIAT’s work to predict the possible impact of climate change on agriculture and food security features in a two-part documentary produced by US broadcaster Voice of America. In the documentary, Andy Jarvis, head of the Center’s Decision and Policy Analysis (DAPA) program, explains that climate change is likely to change the geography of agriculture, and calls for more researchRead More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media, Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions