Too hot for chocolate?

28 September, 2011 by (comments)

Only dentists will be happy about this news. It looks as though climate change is going to take a bite out of chocolate production, according to a new study by scientists at CIAT. As well as having the potential to affect the supply – and therefore the price – of chocolate, this is very worrying news for thousands ofRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Climate Change, Regions

CIAT and partners toast new BREAD project

10 August, 2011 by (comments)

A pioneering initiative by scientists at CIAT, our sister center the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the University of California-Davis, could significantly speed-up the improvement of cassava and banana crops, and help to transform breeding and production systems. It was one of just six projects to be approved in this year’s highly competitive round of prestigious BREADRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en

Small-scale seed systems key to food security

2 March, 2011 by (comments)

Providing improved crop varieties to smallholder farmers through local seed enterprises is key to ensuring food security and nutrition in the developing world, according to a new FAO report. Promoting the Growth and Development of Smallholder Seed Enterprises for Food Security Crops is designed to help governments build efficient seed delivery systems adapted to the level of their agriculturalRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en

World waking up to coffee threat

10 August, 2009 by (comments)

CIAT’s work to document the threat of climate change to coffee producers in Latin Amercia is starting to the get wide coverage it deserves. Coffee is crucial to smallholder farmers in the tropics – but the crop has very limited climatic range. Rising temperatures and unpredictable rains are already beginning to wreak havoc on production of one of theRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions