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

Clues to improving farm productivity one agronomic survey at a time

10 November, 2014 by (comments)

Another step forward in addressing the yield gap What are the low hanging fruit in reducing yield gaps and enhancing food security? Well it may not be fruit, per se, but basic techniques farmers can practice. A new CIAT-led publication presents an agronomic survey methodology which does just that – it presents a basket of options for boosting farmRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Regions, Soils

Smart development in 5 questions

11 June, 2014 by (comments)

Customer service is at the heart of business. Companies tirelessly survey and sound out their clients, and adapt their strategies and products as necessary. Why should it be different when it comes to development? A new approach proposed by a group of researchers at CIAT intends to do just that: get continuous feedback from project stakeholders and make immediateRead More …

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PABRA’s vast vaults of research to be released online

23 January, 2013 by (comments)

Twenty three years of bean research in Africa means one huge pile of reports, which equals one big headache if, for example, you want to research which ‘super’ bean variety had a huge impact on Ethiopia’s economy, and why. Soon you can kiss the headaches goodbye. The coordinating team of the Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA) has just finishedRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Beans @en