The evolution of CIAT in Africa – a brief history

2 September, 2015 by (comments)

The scene captured in this black and white photograph from March 1980 holds a special significance for the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). The week that these people met in Lilongwe, Malawi, they made a piece of CIAT history. While the idea of CIAT branching out of Latin America to share its bean expertise in Africa had beenRead More …

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Filed Under: Inside Africa, Inside CIAT

Feeding Rwanda’s livestock revolution

8 September, 2014 by (comments)

More than 200,000 Rwandan farmers have received free cows under the Rwandan Governments’ One cow per poor family programme since it was introduced in 2006. The move has kick-started small scale milk production, bringing new income streams for cash-strapped farmers, as well as providing manure to fertilise crops, and meat and milk for improved nutrition and food security. ButRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Tropical Forages

Former CIAT Scientist Segenet Kelemu – Laureate of the 2014 L’Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science Award

8 April, 2014 by (comments)

Segenet Kelemu, former Leader of Crop Health Management at CIAT, is the Laureate of the 2014 L’Oréal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science for Africa and the Arab States region. Kelemu was honored for her research on how improved forage grasses can enhance rural livelihoods while also delivering benefits related to the environment and climate change. Her work was recognizedRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Crops @en, Gender, Latin America and the Caribbean

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

“Grassroots action” to curb global climate change

16 September, 2013 by (comments)

New scientific evidence demonstrates that a potent chemical mechanism operating in the roots of a tropical grass used for livestock feed has enormous potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Referred to as “biological nitrification inhibition” or BNI, the mechanism markedly reduces the conversion of nitrogen applied to soil as fertilizer into nitrous oxide, according to papers prepared by CIATRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Climate Change website, Crop diversity, Crops @en, Tropical Forages

CIAT sends fourth shipment to Arctic seed vault

15 February, 2011 by (comments)

The CIAT genebank has sent a new shipment of duplicate seeds of beans and tropical forages to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway, a fortress built on the remote Arctic archipelago to protect the world’s most important food crops in case of catastrophe. This is the fourth shipment made by CIAT’s Genetic Resources Program, which houses the largestRead More …

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Filed Under: Crop diversity, Inside CIAT