An inconvenient ground-truth

17 November, 2015 by (comments)

New deforestation hotspots point the finger at my favourite fruit I love Terra-i, but today I hate it. A lot. The system uses satellite images to track deforestation in the Amazon in near-realtime. It’s extremely accurate: if a bunch of trees come down somewhere – no matter how remote – Terra-i picks it up. Cool, right? Not today. CIAT’sRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean

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

Colombian president hears juicy details of CIAT-led fruit project

3 August, 2010 by (comments)

CIAT’s Andy Jarvis was delighted to get surprise chance to talk to Colombia’s president Alvaro Uribe about the organisation’s “revolutionary” new fruit project, last week. Uribe, who leaves office this week after completing two consecutive terms as president, visited CIAT and Asohofrucol’s exhibition stand at the Agro Del Pacífico 2010 trade fair at the three-day event in Cali onRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en, Inside CIAT, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions, Tropical Fruits

Colombia’s fruit “revolution” begins

29 July, 2010 by (comments)

An ambitious new project that could help transform horticulture in Colombia – by the power of knowledge alone – is underway. From August 2010, fruit producers from all over the country will begin recording precise information about their farming practices. The aim is to build a detailed national knowledge bank to help them improve and increase production. TheSite-Specific AgricultureRead More …

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

Fruit project could accelerate scientific research “by decades”

11 February, 2010 by (comments)

An ambitious new project to record the experiences of thousands of smallholder farmers in Colombia to help establish optimum growing conditions for tropical fruits in the country, is to begin imminently, following an USD $1.6m grant from Asohofrucol (the Association of Fruit and Vegetable Growers in Colombia). The Site-Specific Agriculture based on Farmers Experiences (SSAFE) project aims to documentRead More …

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