Reducing GHG emissions through livestock feed: study

30 March, 2011 by (comments)

A new study from the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has shown that feeding cattle and sheep increased quantities of maize silage, high-sugar grasses, and hull-less oats can reduce their methane production by a third, in proportion to milk and meat production. Methane released by livestock comprises about 43% of the UK’s methane emissions thereforeRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change

Svalbard Global Seed Vault marks 3rd birthday

25 February, 2011 by (comments)

Congratulations to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, which celebrates its third birthday today. The huge repository, buried in permafrost in the Norwegian archipeligo of Svalbard, serves as a back-up for more than 600,000 plant seed samples from genebanks around the world. CIAT’s fourth shipment of seeds recently arrived at the Vault, after a 10,000km journey from the genebank atRead More …

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Filed Under: Inside CIAT

CIAT forages featured in New Agriculturist

8 July, 2010 by (comments)

CIAT’s pioneering research into the forage grass brachiaria is featured in the latest edition of the DFID-funded online development magazine New Agriculturist. The article looks at brachiaria’s powerful nitrification inhibition capacity, which could help to significantly reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from livestock production and improve the eco-efficient use of fertilizers. Click to read Brachiaria – grass roots answerRead More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media, Crops @en, Tropical Forages

New digital story – Backing up the genebank

10 March, 2010 by (comments)

CIAT has sent its third consignment of seeds from its gene bank in Colombia, to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway. The Global Seed Vault, buried in permafrost near the North Pole, safeguards material from genebanks from all over the world. In this 3-minute digital story, CIAT’s Genetic Resources Program leader Daniel Debouck likens the process of duplicationRead More …

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Filed Under: Crop diversity, Latin America and the Caribbean, Multimedia @en, Regions

CIAT’s guinea pig work in Congo gets international coverage

16 February, 2010 by (comments)

CIAT’s work to improve guinea pig production in war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo has received wide international press coverage today, following yesterday’s announcement on the CIAT blog. The story has been published in UK national newspaper The Guardian, The New York Times and ABC News, amongst others. Here’s the original story.

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

Guinea pigs in drive to improve food security in DRC

15 February, 2010 by (comments)

Pioneering new work by CIAT and its partners to improve guinea pig production could help tackle food insecurity in the conflict zones of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It follows the surprise discovery last year of the rodents – native to South America – being kept as “micro-livestock” by rural households the troubled North and South Kivu districtsRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Regions

Unlocking the potential of grassland

17 October, 2009 by (comments)

Better use of tropical grasslands could be as effective in the fight against hunger as investment in irrigation schemes, and could also help to protect the environment. The findings come from the first phase of the CGIAR-wide Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF), due to be completed in December 2009. The CPWF’s Basin Focal Projects studied water useRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en, Tropical Forages