Bovine Intervention: Colombia prepares to give unsustainable cattle production the hoof

15 December, 2015 by (comments)

An ambitious proposal from the Colombian government to make cattle production more sustainable could save over a billion tonnes in greenhouse gas emissions, while protecting forests, regenerating land and boosting farmer incomes. If funded, the work will contribute to the country’s commitments to tackle climate change agreed at COP21 in Paris last week. With around 23 million cattle grazingRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean

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

Feeding Rwanda’s livestock revolution

8 September, 2014 by (comments)

More than 200,000 Rwandan farmers have received free cows under the Rwandan Governments’ One cow per poor family programme since it was introduced in 2006. The move has kick-started small scale milk production, bringing new income streams for cash-strapped farmers, as well as providing manure to fertilise crops, and meat and milk for improved nutrition and food security. ButRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Tropical Forages

Former CIAT Scientist Segenet Kelemu – Laureate of the 2014 L’Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science Award

8 April, 2014 by (comments)

Segenet Kelemu, former Leader of Crop Health Management at CIAT, is the Laureate of the 2014 L’Oréal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science for Africa and the Arab States region. Kelemu was honored for her research on how improved forage grasses can enhance rural livelihoods while also delivering benefits related to the environment and climate change. Her work was recognizedRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Crops @en, Gender, Latin America and the Caribbean

A cut above: the impact of quality forages

2 April, 2014 by (comments)

Surrounded by leafy green forages and a hill-view, the homestead of Xia Vang Lor and Nhia Lee is found at the end of a small rural road in north-eastern Laos. Bundles of cut grass for livestock are piled against the house, and at the back there is a cattle pen. “This one is worth US$3,250!” beams Xia Vang Lor,Read More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Crops @en, Tropical Forages

“Grassroots action” to curb global climate change

16 September, 2013 by (comments)

New scientific evidence demonstrates that a potent chemical mechanism operating in the roots of a tropical grass used for livestock feed has enormous potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Referred to as “biological nitrification inhibition” or BNI, the mechanism markedly reduces the conversion of nitrogen applied to soil as fertilizer into nitrous oxide, according to papers prepared by CIATRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Climate Change website, Crop diversity, Crops @en, Tropical Forages

New journal launched: Tropical Grasslands – Forrajes Tropicales

21 December, 2012 by (comments)

A new peer-reviewed, scientific journal dedicated entirely to tropical pastures and forages has just been launched as an initiative of scientists from Australia and CIAT. Tropical Grasslands – Forrajes Tropicales will be an open-access, online journal, featuring articles in English and Spanish. It will be published three times-a-year, and the submission, review and publication of articles will be free-of-charge.Read More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Asia @en, Crops @en, Latin America and the Caribbean, Tropical Forages