Honor for major food security contributions in Southeast Asia

19 January, 2016 by (comments)

Two scientists with a long history of collaboration with CIAT have been honored for contributions towards the world’s most widely grown cassava variety – now grown by 60 to 75 percent of all cassava farmers in Thailand and Vietnam – and a key food security crop and source of income throughout Southeast Asia. At the week-long World Congress onRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Cassava @en, Crops @en, Regions

Southeast Asia’s best cassava breeders form network

19 October, 2015 by (comments)

A network of Southeast Asia’s cassava breeders, who have achieved some of the best progress in breeding history worldwide, met in Hanoi, Vietnam on October 9th and 10th to discuss research milestones and next steps. Around two million hectares of cassava are planted to Southeast Asia’s breeding programs, said Dr. Clair Hershey, CIAT’s cassava program leader in his opening remarks.Read More …

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Filed Under: Inside Asia, Inside CIAT

Strengthening value-chain linkages to improve cassava production in Southeast Asia

1 April, 2015 by (comments)

By Jonathan Newby Throughout Southeast Asia, cassava has historically been considered a secondary food crop for remote upland communities. Often grown by ethnic minorities and on marginal land, the crop provided an important source of food and income, particularly in years where other crops failed due to factors such as drought. Upland farmers harvest roots as required for householdRead More …

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A cut above: the impact of quality forages

2 April, 2014 by (comments)

Surrounded by leafy green forages and a hill-view, the homestead of Xia Vang Lor and Nhia Lee is found at the end of a small rural road in north-eastern Laos. Bundles of cut grass for livestock are piled against the house, and at the back there is a cattle pen. “This one is worth US$3,250!” beams Xia Vang Lor,Read More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Crops @en, Tropical Forages

Witches’ broom – a curse on cassava

3 February, 2014 by (comments)

The online magazine New Agriculturist recently published the article: Witches’ broom – a curse on cassava, outlining CIAT’s renewed efforts to contain and clamp-down on emerging pests and diseases threatening cassava production with partners in Southeast Asia. A key threat, cassava witches’ broom disease, threatens up to 40 million smallholder farmers in the region who depend on the crop for theirRead More …

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Why markets need to be part of a climate-smart solution

14 December, 2013 by (comments)

This post appears originally on the CCAFS website. Be honest. When was the last time you looked in your fridge and decided that the contents would be better off in the bin? Well according to the Food and Agricultural Organization, it was probably not that long ago. The statistics would put you in pretty good company: roughly one thirdRead More …

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Action now, warn experts, as pests threaten Indonesia’s food security crop

14 December, 2013 by (comments)

If there’s one thing being at the top of the food chain affords you, it’s time. Time spent combating what could potentially wipe you out of existence can be much more productively spent on other things – like eating. And eating is what one major pest has done a lot of since it arrived in West Java, Indonesia. DiscoveringRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Cassava @en, Crops @en, Crops website