Making the business case for climate-smart agriculture

18 December, 2015 by (comments)

If you’re a regular visitor to the CIAT blog, you’ll already know that climate change is expected to take a big bite out of chocolate production. A storm is brewing for coffee too. You’ve probably also been hearing that climate-smart agriculture (CSA) can help farmers big and small prepare for and respond to climate change – not just forRead More …

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Burundi: Breaking down barriers for beans

26 November, 2015 by (comments)

As part of our contribution to the United Nations’ International Year of Pulses, we’re starting a blog series called “Bean-Growing Country of the Month.” This first article focuses on a country that is rebuilding its bean research programme with assistance from the CIAT-supported Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance. Earlier this year, the Center received funding from the Swiss Agency forRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Beans @en

Southeast Asia’s best cassava breeders form network

19 October, 2015 by (comments)

A network of Southeast Asia’s cassava breeders, who have achieved some of the best progress in breeding history worldwide, met in Hanoi, Vietnam on October 9th and 10th to discuss research milestones and next steps. Around two million hectares of cassava are planted to Southeast Asia’s breeding programs, said Dr. Clair Hershey, CIAT’s cassava program leader in his opening remarks.Read More …

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Filed Under: Inside Asia, Inside CIAT

Impatient with Hunger

13 October, 2015 by (comments)

In adopting the sustainable development goals (SDGs) at the United Nations summit held last month in New York City, world leaders made it very clear what agricultural research must accomplish in the years to come. By 2030, this research must, among other things, help reach goal 2 – “end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainableRead More …

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Filed Under: Crop diversity, Crops @en

Mi cassava es tu cassava

30 September, 2015 by (comments)

New research shows just how much different regions of the world rely on each other for the foods they know and love – and why it’s time to share This world is really messed up. Especially when it comes to food – and specifically the plants we eat. Take for example, a hearty British roast dinner. With close competitionRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Crop diversity

Banking biodiversity in Vietnam

24 August, 2015 by (comments)

Disappearing under a thick canopy of leaves, Tran Thi Ha is quick to point out five different types of the root crop cassava on her farm – and their somewhat unusual uses. “We use the stems of cassava stakes as a medium to grow mushrooms,” she says, pointing to a line of cut cassava stems. Nestling in the foothillsRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Cassava @en, Climate Change, Crop diversity, Crops @en, Regions