Bovine Intervention: Colombia prepares to give unsustainable cattle production the hoof

15 December, 2015 by (comments)

An ambitious proposal from the Colombian government to make cattle production more sustainable could save over a billion tonnes in greenhouse gas emissions, while protecting forests, regenerating land and boosting farmer incomes. If funded, the work will contribute to the country’s commitments to tackle climate change agreed at COP21 in Paris last week. With around 23 million cattle grazingRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean

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

Bringing soils back to life – a conversation with Deborah Bossio

18 August, 2015 by (comments)

After decades of neglect, in part due to the long term nature of soils research and the short term nature of development funding, soils research is on the brink of a renaissance as the world starts to recognise just how vital the ground beneath our feet is. Few are more enthusiastic about it than Dr. Deborah Bossio, the Area DirectorRead More …

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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

Down to earth data

5 December, 2014 by (comments)

  “Diversity.” It’s not often you get a one word answer from researchers, given the complexity of their work, but that’s the answer CIAT’s soil scientist Rolf Sommer gave when asked his impression of Lushoto district nestling in north-eastern Tanzania’s Usambara Mountains. Then he was whisked off into a meeting. On first arriving in Lushoto town, after winding upRead More …

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

Redressing the land degradation scar through restoration

23 October, 2013 by (comments)

By Paul Vlek and Lulseged Tamene This blog originally appeared on the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) blog on 23 October 2013 and is part of the Agriculture and Ecosystems Blog’s month-long series on Restoring Landscapes. Getting the basics right Considering the issues of land degradation and what might fit the CGIAR Research Program on Water,Read More …

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Filed Under: Soils, Soils website

A month on land: Restoring soils and landscapes

21 October, 2013 by (comments)

This post originally appeared on the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) blog on 18 October 2013. By Deborah Bossio Soil. It’s like the air we breathe – we can’t live without it. It provides our food, cleans our water, supports our ecosystems and livelihoods, and even gives us lifesaving medicines. But we aren’t doing enoughRead More …

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