Time to break free from the ‘yield gap trap’

19 May, 2014 by (comments)

When we see a gap, be it physically in front of us or figuratively speaking, we are compelled to find a way to mind it, to fill it, to close it. When we talk about the yield gap – the difference between actual crop yields and those potentially attainable in a given region – in the agricultural research andRead More …

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Filed Under: Soils, Soils website

Putting nitrogen to work for smallholder farmers

19 November, 2013 by (comments)

Many soils across Africa are starved of nitrogen, making it difficult for smallholder farmers to produce the yields needed to feed growing populations. For many, the cost and accessibility, or lack thereof, puts nitrogen fertiliser beyond their reach. But what if they could harness free nitrogen from the atmosphere? They can – by growing legumes, which ‘fix’ nitrogen intoRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Soils, Soils website

Guaranteeing food security in times of (climate) change

25 September, 2013 by (comments)

Latin America and the Caribbean is known for its incredible diversity of people, plants, animals, and ecosystems , but despite a collective reputation for contrast and extremes, all countries in the region have one thing in common: the serious impact that climate change is likely to have on their rural populations and agricultural systems. Agriculture contributes importantly to foodRead More …

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Climbing beans reach new heights in Rwanda

29 January, 2013 by (comments)

Already one of the most densely populated countries in the world, the United Nations predicts that Rwanda’s population of around 11 million people is set to nearly quadruple by the turn of the century. An Upward Spiral – the story of climbing beans in Rwanda from CIAT Colombia on Vimeo. With a pressing need to sustainably boost food productionRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Beans @en, Multimedia @en

Unlocking the potential of grassland

17 October, 2009 by (comments)

Better use of tropical grasslands could be as effective in the fight against hunger as investment in irrigation schemes, and could also help to protect the environment. The findings come from the first phase of the CGIAR-wide Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF), due to be completed in December 2009. The CPWF’s Basin Focal Projects studied water useRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en, Tropical Forages