EATxCali: Hungry for a Sustainable Food System

26 October, 2015 by (comments)

  When I grew up, poor people were thin. Books, films and news coverage of famines perpetuated the stereotype. But today, poor people are increasingly likely to be overweight. Now it’s often the rich who are the thin ones. It’s especially the case in cities, where most of humanity lives. There, wealthy folks might be packed into yoga hallsRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

The end of a life dedicated to making bean diversity available for humanity

29 January, 2015 by (comments)

CIAT mourns the loss of research assistant Orlando Toro-Chica, whose death on 22 January has deprived the Center’s Genetic Resources Program of a friend and a highly dedicated professional. He spent 40 years documenting the diversity of Phaseolus beans conserved in the Center’s genebank. An internationally recognized expert on bean genetic resources, Orlando was always willing to dedicate timeRead More …

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Filed Under: Crop diversity, Inside CIAT

International treaty to protect agrobiodiversity strengthens

18 March, 2011 by (comments)

Nearly two-thirds of the world has now committed to improving conservation and access to crop diversity in a united effort to confront the challenges of climate change and food insecurity, The Jakarta Post reports. The 127 signatories of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) gathered this week in Bali for the Fourth Session of theRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en, Crop diversity

CIAT sends fourth shipment to Arctic seed vault

15 February, 2011 by (comments)

The CIAT genebank has sent a new shipment of duplicate seeds of beans and tropical forages to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway, a fortress built on the remote Arctic archipelago to protect the world’s most important food crops in case of catastrophe. This is the fourth shipment made by CIAT’s Genetic Resources Program, which houses the largestRead More …

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Filed Under: Crop diversity, Inside CIAT

Latest edition of CIAT’s e-newsletter

3 September, 2010 by (comments)

Read the e-newsletter Challenges & Innovations The current issue of CIAT’s e-newsletter starts with some thoughtful observations by CIAT’s Director General Ruben Echeverría on donor funding, alliances, and south-south technology exchanges, followed by a summary of the excellent outcomes of the recent visit by the Colombian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to the Center. This issue also includesRead More …

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