“Seek-and-destroy” protein could sound the death knell for cassava viruses

1 November, 2012 by (comments)

A new CIAT project to develop an advanced self-defence reflex for cassava could enable the crop to resist devastating attacks from some of its most damaging pathogens. If you’re a regular reader of the CIAT blog, you’ll know by now that cassava is the second–most important food crop in Africa, a staple in South America, and a vital industrialRead More …

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Filed Under: Cassava @en, Crops @en

Uganda cassava conference – leading scientists confirmed

29 May, 2012 by (comments)

An important update from our partners at the Danforth Center: Global gathering features leading authorities on cassava research Presentations to address a wide variety of issues impacting production and food security ST. LOUIS, MO, May 29, 2012—An impressive lineup of the leaders in cassava research and development from around the globe will present during the second scientific conference ofRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Cassava @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

Cassava and CGIAR prominent in Bill Gates’ call for more agricultural innovation

25 January, 2012 by (comments)

Great to see cassava featuring prominently in this year’s annual open letter from Bill Gates, on behalf of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Cassava, a crucial smallholder crop is often eclipsed in international research by the big staples like rice, wheat and maize – but it’s a CIAT priority crop. Up to one billion people, mostly in sub-SaharanRead More …

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Too hot for chocolate?

28 September, 2011 by (comments)

Only dentists will be happy about this news. It looks as though climate change is going to take a bite out of chocolate production, according to a new study by scientists at CIAT. As well as having the potential to affect the supply – and therefore the price – of chocolate, this is very worrying news for thousands ofRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Climate Change, Regions