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

Impatient with Hunger

13 October, 2015 by (comments)

In adopting the sustainable development goals (SDGs) at the United Nations summit held last month in New York City, world leaders made it very clear what agricultural research must accomplish in the years to come. By 2030, this research must, among other things, help reach goal 2 – “end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainableRead More …

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Filed Under: Crop diversity, Crops @en

Bean impact: making sense of 16%

12 July, 2013 by (comments)

Having had the chance to witness the spread of better beans in East Africa it was great to hear that the, well, bean counters had been sent in to do a formal impact assessment. The results will form part a series of studies known as the Diffusion and Impact of Improved Varieties in Africa (DIIVA). But at first glance,Read More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Beans @en

Flesh-eating cassava virus pushes west across Africa

6 May, 2013 by (comments)

Scientists are struggling to contain a flesh-eating virus sweeping across the cassava plantations of Africa, destined for the world’s biggest producer and consumer, Nigeria. The devastating epidemic of Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD) has already made it halfway across the continent, with reports of new outbreaks in DR Congo – the world’s third largest producer – and Angola, whereRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Cassava @en, Climate Change, Climate Change website, Crop diversity, Inside CIAT

CIAT’s guinea pig work in DRC featured by Reuters

7 May, 2012 by (comments)

Work by CIAT scientists to improve rural nutrition in Democratic Republic of Congo through guinea pig production has featured as one of the “Solutions for a Hungry World” – a special feature by Alertnet, the humanitarian arm of the Reuters news agency. No-one is really sure how guinea pigs – known in East Africa as “cavies” – arrived inRead More …

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

G20 leaves food crisis looming?

24 June, 2011 by (comments)

The food system will continue to suffer from a lack of strong leadership, and food price volatility will reign, say food experts and aid agencies following the first-ever G20 agricultural ministers’ conference to address food security and commodity regulation held this week in Paris. In particular, the contentious themes of biofuels and export bans remained unaddressed as big playersRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en

The story of agriculture and the green economy

23 May, 2011 by (comments)

Farming First has produced The Story of Agriculture and the Green Economy, a sleek six-part “inforgraphic” to depict the link between agriculture and economic growth, employment, hunger and poverty reduction, using existing information. For bringing data to life, and engaging a broad audience, inforgraphics like this can make a lot of sense. In this case, they also help bringRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en