RTBMaps: more than just eye candy for scientists

15 July, 2013 by (comments)

If you ever needed proof of the power of visual data, try this: Visit the RTBMaps website. You’ll arrive at a big world map. Click on the “Biotic” button, and select “cassava mealybug.” Then hold onto your seat. That little exercise did more to hammer home the potential vulnerability of cassava to this formidable pest than any peer-reviewed studyRead More …

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

On the trail of DR Congo’s purple “gorillas”

11 July, 2013 by (comments)

We’ve travelled about an hour north of Bukavu, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, against the flow of UN trucks, to pull up at a thronging crossroads in Mita village. On the dusty traffic island are indicators that we’re not far from one of the few refuges of the endangered eastern lowland gorilla: a dilapidated tourist sign for Kahuzi-Biega NationalRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Beans @en, Crops @en, Crops website

Uganda study provides compelling case for biofortification

8 August, 2012 by (comments)

New varieties of orange-fleshed sweet potatoes have helped provide “significant amounts of vitamin A to malnourished Ugandan children and women”, according to a study published today in the Journal of Nutrition. The findings provide compelling evidence for the ongoing efforts of HarvestPlus to improve the nutrient content of key staple food crops. Click the picture to read the wholeRead More …

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Tackling malnutrition – with food, not pills

16 June, 2010 by (comments)

We’re sure you’ll be keen to read Michael Latham of Cornell University’s scathing comment piece, The great vitamin A fiasco, published in the first edition of the online journal World Nutrition recently. The article is an extensive, critical account of how the international nutrition community has responded to worldwide vitamin A deficiency by focusing on distributing vitamin A supplements,Read More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions