If chocolate is doomed, are we too?

4 June, 2013 by (comments)

If you had to name a crop that was absolutely essential to human survival you probably wouldn’t say cocoa straight off the bat. But the crop that’s the main raw ingredient in chocolate is one we should all be paying close attention to – and here’s why. Back in September 2011 CIAT scientists produced a report on the likelyRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Climate Change, Climate Change website

Climate Change: new study opens can of worms for ecologists

5 February, 2013 by (comments)

We often hear about livestock being a major cause of greenhouse gas emissions – picture them, formidable herds of flatulent quadrupeds munching their way – figuratively speaking – through millions of hectares of rainforest. But it seems we need to look below the surface, literally, to find another climate change culprit: earthworms. That’s because a new study just publishedRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Soils, Soils website

Punjab on fire – in pictures

12 December, 2012 by (comments)

India’s rice-wheat system feeds a lot of people – and I mean a lot. But the widespread burning of crop residues after the rice harvest is causing all manner of problems, from the release of huge quantities of greenhouse gases and toxins to declining soil fertility. The system desperately needs to become more sustainable. We covered the story hereRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, CIAT in the media, Climate Change, Climate Change website

Bruce Campbell of CCAFS writes in Scientific American

9 July, 2012 by (comments)

Have a look at the leader of the CGIAR’s Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Research Program, Bruce Campbell’s opinion piece on the blog of Scientific American, the publication of which coincided with the last month’s United Nations Rio+20 conference on sustainable development in Brazil. And if you have four minutes to spare, here’s a short trailer played toRead More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media

GCP21-II: IRIN features CIAT research on cassava and climate change

21 June, 2012 by (comments)

News network IRIN has featured CIAT’s “Rambo root” research on cassava and climate change, as part of its coverage of the Global Cassava Partnership conference in Kampala, Uganda, this week.

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Cassava @en, CIAT in the media, Climate Change, Inside CIAT

Two Degrees Up climate change films published by Reuters AlertNet

19 June, 2012 by (comments)

The Two Degrees Up series of short films about the possible impact of climate change on smallholder agriculture has recently been published by Reuters AlertNet. The films, originally produced to coincide with the launch of the CGIAR’s Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Research Program, take a look at what a two-degree Celsius increase in average temperature –Read More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, CIAT in the media, Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean, Multimedia @en

CCAFS in Nepal: Finding the future of Beora – PART ONE

13 June, 2012 by (comments)

I knew not to expect “guide book” Nepal: majestic, snowy peaks; multicoloured prayer flags fluttering against clear blue skies. But nothing quite prepared me for the Terai. Around 120 km west of the capital Kathmandu, this is a hazy, sweltering, lowland plain, where daytime temperatures hover around 45 degrees Celsius, with little respite after dark. With the sweat pouringRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Climate Change