CIAT’s “Rambo root” research featured by Deutsche Welle

18 May, 2012 by (comments)

Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle has just run an interesting piece based on CIAT’s “Rambo root” cassava research paper from earlier this year, which championed the crop’s resilience to climate change. Take a look.

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Filed Under: Cassava @en, CIAT in the media, Climate Change

Taking cassava beyond the cutting edge

11 May, 2012 by (comments)

Synthetic seeds could help farmers break pest and disease cycle A new project to produce synthetic seeds for cassava – one of the world’s most important food crops – could transform the way it is grown, and help protect smallholder farmers in Africa, Asia and Latin America from devastating pests and disease outbreaks. The project by the International CenterRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Asia @en, Cassava @en, Crops @en, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

“Rambo root” could beat climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa

27 February, 2012 by (comments)
Yuca Rambo

Cassava expected to “enjoy” climate change – could produce more food for millions of people A traditional root crop long neglected by modern science could be the best bet for farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa to beat climate change, according to a new study by a team of climate scientists. The research, published in a special edition of the scientificRead More …

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Filed Under: Crop diversity, Crops @en

Cassava: preparing for a perfect storm

18 August, 2011 by (comments)

Just one outbreak of a significant crop pest or disease is worrying enough for many farmers. But what about four at the same time? And what if that crop is both the third-most important food source in the tropics, as well as a crucial industrial crop grown by smallholders? New CIAT research just published in the journal Food Security revealsRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Asia @en, Cassava @en, Crops @en, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

Climate-smart crops get to the root of the problem

7 January, 2011 by (comments)

New climate-hardy beans that produce good yields in drought conditions and poor soils go, quite literally, to the root of the problem. The new bean lines developed by CIAT and its partners are resistant to aluminium toxicity and drought, two major causes of crop failure in acid soils during times of low rainfall. Aluminum toxicity causes the stunting ofRead More …

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Filed Under: Beans @en, Crop diversity, Crops @en

Cassava “accident” brings tolerance hope

1 September, 2009 by (comments)

When a consignment of carotene-rich cassava roots was packaged and sent for bioavailability tests, there was the usual, hopeful wait for results. Ten months later and those results, soon to be officially announced, suggest that the carotene contained in yellow-flesh of the so-called “egg yolk” cassava has good bioavailability, meaning it can be easily absorbed by humans, and convertedRead More …

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Filed Under: Cassava @en, Crop diversity, Crops @en, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions