Not so dirt cheap

7 December, 2015 by (comments)

The coffee on your desk might never have arrived this morning. Deforestation rates in Ethiopia – one of the world’s top coffee exporters – are so high, records show, that forest is slashed from 40 to less than 3 percent of the country. As well as surviving deforestation, those most prized coffee beans would also have fought for every nutrient andRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Regions, Soils, Soils website

Climate change: Arabica coffee faces a roasting

27 October, 2015 by (comments)

Scientists pinpoint the world’s most vulnerable coffee zones New research gives fresh insights into which of the world’s arabica coffee-producing zones will bear the brunt of climate change. The biggest losers will be in hotter areas with long dry seasons, such as parts of Brazil and Central America. There, almost 80% of land currently used to grow arabica coffeeRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change

“White gold” beans to beat drought in Ethiopia

5 October, 2015 by (comments)

  New drought-resilient white beans – most commonly used to make baked beans – will be deployed to Ethiopia, as erratic weather threatens national production and farmers’ incomes. Severe drought in Ethiopia, Africa’s largest exporter of the bean used to make baked beans, could hit production for millions who cultivate and rely on income from the bean. The droughtRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Beans @en, Climate Change, Climate Change website, Crops @en, Crops website, Regions

The evolution of CIAT in Africa – a brief history

2 September, 2015 by (comments)

The scene captured in this black and white photograph from March 1980 holds a special significance for the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). The week that these people met in Lilongwe, Malawi, they made a piece of CIAT history. While the idea of CIAT branching out of Latin America to share its bean expertise in Africa had beenRead More …

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Filed Under: Inside Africa, Inside CIAT

Virtual “digi-hub” forum to discuss pest and disease threat

17 June, 2015 by (comments)

By Yen Le Hoang A virtual platform was launched in April to discuss crop protection relevant to Southeast Asia – a first for regional experts. With only 15 participants physically in Ban Me Thuot City, Dak Lak province in central Vietnam, the workshop titled “Cassava health in Southeast Asia: the way forward,” succeeded in bringing together 12 different institutions from theRead More …

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Filed Under: Inside Asia, Inside CIAT

New photo-film: mapping soil diversity in Tanzania

23 April, 2015 by (comments)

The second photo-film of a two-part series, “The Ground Beneath Your Feet,” is launched this week during Global Soil Week, where CIAT is highlighting the importance of soil, debating the latest science and technology as well as methods for preserving this vital natural resource. In Lushoto, Tanzania, a cluster of CCAFS climate-smart villages nestle in the stunning Eastern Arc Mountains, stretching between Tanzania and Kenya. The richly diverseRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Climate Change website, Multimedia @en, Soils, Soils website

Rethinking gender and the destructive process

20 January, 2015 by (comments)

  When the CGIAR Gender and Agriculture Research Network met this week, little did they know that destruction would actually be written into the agenda. Albeit constructive, creative destruction of course. Disruptive technology, or disruption caused by technological innovation and change, is today’s tech-savvy way of denoting positive change in an unpredictable environment. But disruptive, destructive processes are alsoRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Gender