A Clearer Picture of Farms and Forests at Rio+20

20 June, 2012 by (comments)

Though farms and forests are often described in terms of black and white, shades of grey would appear to be the more appropriate palette for depicting the complex links between these two sectors. Two events taking place this week alongside Rio+20 drove home that message. One was a science discussion panel on forests, energy, food, and income, which formedRead More …

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

Taking cassava beyond the cutting edge

11 May, 2012 by (comments)

Synthetic seeds could help farmers break pest and disease cycle A new project to produce synthetic seeds for cassava – one of the world’s most important food crops – could transform the way it is grown, and help protect smallholder farmers in Africa, Asia and Latin America from devastating pests and disease outbreaks. The project by the International CenterRead More …

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

In case you missed it (Part 3) – CIAT article featured on Reuters Alertnet

17 January, 2012 by (comments)

Great news that the humanitarian news arm of the Reuters news agency re-published a CIAT blog article over the holiday period – about the burning of rice residues in Punjab, India. Tackling India’s burning desire appeared on their Climate Conversations pages. For the original article on the CIAT blog, click here. For the accompanying picture set, click here.

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Filed Under: Crops @en

Water harvesting project makes a splash

24 November, 2011 by (comments)

If you’ve been following the CIAT blog for the last few months, you’ll know we’ve been getting rather excited about a series of water harvesting pilot projects going on in Nicaragua, which have completely transformed food production there. This is much, much more than just collecting rainwater in buckets. Read more about it in this piece, published by theRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en

“Window of opportunity” for climate change adaptation

3 October, 2011 by (comments)

Good news, finally. And I don’t mean for dentists. A new compendium of research released today outlines the best options for “climate-proofing” some of the world’s most important food crops. It features significant contributions from scientists at CIAT, and the CGIAR-wide program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). While climate change means farmers will need to dealRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en

Gearing up for climate change

18 May, 2011 by (comments)

CCAFS annual report lays the foundation for action The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Research Program of the CGIAR has just published its new annual report. The CIAT-led initiative is the world’s largest coalition of scientists working at the point where agriculture and climate change meet. The Annual Report 2010 covers the transition of CCAFS from aRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en

Heat hits Colombian coffee production

14 March, 2011 by (comments)

The New York Times reports that coffee producers in Colombia are struggling with higher temperatures and unpredictable rains, contributing to a slump in yields. This is something we heard repeatedly from farmers in Colombia’s Cauca department, while recording material for the Two Degrees Up series of climate change photofilms. While The New York Times report makes the point thatRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions