Livestock on the Plus Side for a Change

18 June, 2012 by (comments)

While many experts believe that livestock belong decidedly on the minus side of any environmental equation – given, for example, the role of expanding cattle production as a driver of deforestation in the Amazon – a group of experts in animal feeding argued today for a major revision of conventional calculations about the size of livestock’s ecological “hoofprint.” GatheredRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Crops @en, Inside CIAT, Tropical Forages

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

Powerful images aid plea for help in Horn of Africa

8 July, 2011 by (comments)

The Horn of Africa is in crisis. This is the strong impression we get from a series of dramatic photos published today by The Guardian, which show the devastating human impact drought is having on lives in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia. We see pastoralists standing over their dead livestock, children sick from malnourishment, hordes coming from miles toRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en

CIAT takes the lead with peer-reviewed video first

22 June, 2011 by (comments)

A team of entomologists at CIAT is the first in the CGIAR to publish in the world’s only peer-reviewed video journal. Dr. Soroush Parsa and his team produced a 10-minute video demonstrating the procedures for assessing spittlebug resistance in brachiaria grasses for the online publisher JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments. Established in 2006, JoVE has published over 1,200Read More …

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

CIAT workshop means Latin America is ready for REDD

27 May, 2011 by (comments)

Latin American governments are now better prepared for the next round of climate change negotiations, following a REDD-related workshop at CIAT’s headquarters in Colombia. The week-long event, funded by the Inter-American Development Bank, the German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ), UN-REDD and the World Bank, focused on ways to calculate the opportunity costs of land use change and deforestation. OverRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

Reducing GHG emissions through livestock feed: study

30 March, 2011 by (comments)

A new study from the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has shown that feeding cattle and sheep increased quantities of maize silage, high-sugar grasses, and hull-less oats can reduce their methane production by a third, in proportion to milk and meat production. Methane released by livestock comprises about 43% of the UK’s methane emissions thereforeRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change

Poor vet services threaten food security

11 February, 2011 by (comments)

Veterinary medicine in the developing world must be greatly improved to manage the threat livestock intensification poses to food security, warns new research from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Rising demand of meat products in the developing world is fuelling livestock production. However, veterinary services to manage disease outbreaks are “lagging dangerously behind”, putting animals, farmers, and consumers atRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en