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

Sweet potato doubles vitamin A intake – HarvestPlus study

22 November, 2011 by (comments)

Promising results just out from HarvestPlus, in the British Journal of Nutrition. It looks as though the orange sweet potato has been well-received in northern Mozambique, having been adopted by around 65 per cent those farmers who trialled it in Zambezia Province. The improved tuber was developed by crop breeders to contain higher levels of beta-carotene – which turnsRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en

Cassava: preparing for a perfect storm

18 August, 2011 by (comments)

Just one outbreak of a significant crop pest or disease is worrying enough for many farmers. But what about four at the same time? And what if that crop is both the third-most important food source in the tropics, as well as a crucial industrial crop grown by smallholders? New CIAT research just published in the journal Food Security revealsRead More …

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

Water scarcity = food insecurity? Think again

28 July, 2011 by (comments)

Award-winning team didn’t go with the flow As the world population edges closer to 7 billion this year, on-target for a projected peak of 9 billion by 2050, we won’t just need more food. We’ll need more water, in order to grow more food. Right? Actually, not quite. The prevailing wisdom – that population pressure will trigger a globalRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en

Climate “hotspots” put hundreds of millions at risk

2 June, 2011 by (comments)

A five-year global climate change research program led by CIAT has just published a major report into the expected global warming “hotspots” – and the news is not good for farmers in the the tropics. The report, released today by the CGIAR’s Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Research Program (CCAFS), predicts that those in South Asia, including almost allRead More …

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

The story of agriculture and the green economy

23 May, 2011 by (comments)

Farming First has produced The Story of Agriculture and the Green Economy, a sleek six-part “inforgraphic” to depict the link between agriculture and economic growth, employment, hunger and poverty reduction, using existing information. For bringing data to life, and engaging a broad audience, inforgraphics like this can make a lot of sense. In this case, they also help bringRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en

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