Colombian coffee: Storming the taste test

8 October, 2015 by (comments)

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en, Latin America and the Caribbean

Going gourmet in Vietnam’s uplands

1 August, 2013 by (comments)

Hoa Bui sits crossed-legged, pouring green tea into small china cups with a thoughtful look on her face. An ethnic minority farmer in Vietnam’s upland northwestern district of Tan Lac in Hoa Binh Province, her stilted house is nestled in remote green sloping fields. She’s mulling over whether to grow chayote again this year – the leafy vegetable envelopingRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Crops @en, Regions, Soils

On the trail of DR Congo’s purple “gorillas”

11 July, 2013 by (comments)

We’ve travelled about an hour north of Bukavu, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, against the flow of UN trucks, to pull up at a thronging crossroads in Mita village. On the dusty traffic island are indicators that we’re not far from one of the few refuges of the endangered eastern lowland gorilla: a dilapidated tourist sign for Kahuzi-Biega NationalRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Beans @en, Crops @en, Crops website

Four-legged futures: turning Vietnam’s cash cows into productive assets

21 March, 2013 by (comments)

CIAT Annual Report 2012-3 – Sneak Preview Ngo Van Hung is poised to quit his job as a builder in Vietnam’s Ea Kar District. Around six years ago he started getting a lot of work in the village of Chu Cuc, a community of smallholder farmers. He’d build a new home here, another one there; all of them bigRead More …

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

The Female Face of Farming – new infographic

8 March, 2012 by (comments)

Today is International Women’s Day – and if you’re still unclear about the central role of women in food production around the world, this great new infographic from Farming First should help to bring the issue sharply into focus. It covers clearly, simply, and very elegantly, the gender differences that exist in access to agricultural inputs, education, credit, marketsRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en, Gender

Haitian mangoes ripe for export – new study

23 September, 2011 by (comments)

A new report has found that targeted mango production in Haiti could be one way to help smallholder farmers boost their incomes. Produced by CIAT in partnership with Catholic Relief Services, the report looks at opportunities for developing the mango value chain in the Caribbean nation, which is struggling to recover from last year’s devastating earthquake. It identifies opportunitiesRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions, Tropical Fruits

Gourmet guide gives a glimpse of the future of specialty coffee production

16 May, 2011 by (comments)

A new guide book to producing specialty coffee, and business models that will help improving coffee bean quality and boost farmers’ incomes, is due to be published imminently by the International Plant Nutrition Institute’s Southeast Asia Program. Click the cover image below to view chapter summaries and author profiles: While coffee is one of the most important commodities inRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions