Food for tomorrow: thinking outside the box

22 January, 2016 by (comments)

Cassava is a crop that likes a challenge. It can tolerate drought, heat or infertile soils as agriculture intensifies and populations grow. It is a carbohydrate source for 500 million people globally and a staple in Africa, Asia and South America, accounting for 53, 33 and 14 percent of global production respectively. Yet during the week-long World Congress onRead More …

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Partner collaboration in Asia: building a new framework

8 April, 2015 by (comments)

More than 50 regional partners joined CIAT Asia’s team in Hanoi for the Asia Partners’ Forum from April 7-8th. The two-day meeting involved intense discussions around the new five-year strategic framework launched in 2014, to expand the scope and identify new priorities for CIAT’s regional research and development program. Researchers from Thailand, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Philippines, Indonesia, China and Vietnam joined membersRead More …

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Filed Under: Inside Asia, Inside CIAT

Climate-proofing rice farming in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

19 September, 2014 by (comments)

This post is part of a wider initiative to bring Climate-Smart Agriculture under the spotlight, spearheaded by the CGIAR’s Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security program, led by CIAT.  Rice farmer Ho Thai Benam stands outside a noisy hall, looking over at the on-going workshop keenly. Asked why the interest, she says: “I have children studying in the cityRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Climate Change, Crops @en, Regions, Rice @en

CIAT Strategy launch makes a splash in Asia  

2 June, 2014 by (comments)

CIAT made a splash in Vietnam’s media this week as Director General Dr. Ruben Echeverría and Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences (VAAS) President Dr. Nguyen Van Bo launched the global strategy in Hanoi. News of the strategy’s key message of promoting eco-efficiency in agriculture, in a region where economic growth and increasing urbanization have implications for environmental pollution, struck aRead More …

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Framing the bigger picture: climate change in SE Asia

6 November, 2013 by (comments)

One thing is clear – thrashing out the big picture on climate change is not easy. Day one of the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security and Food and Agriculture Organization’s Economics and policy Innovations for Climate-Smart Agriculture (EPIC)* program’s Southeast Asian workshop: “Scenarios for Future Food Security, Environments and Livelihoods in Southeast Asia,” is over, and culminated in some heatedRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Climate Change, Climate Change website

Decision makers to debate climate threats in Southeast Asia

31 October, 2013 by (comments)

Leading decision makers and researchers from Southeast Asia will meet in Vietnam to debate how future climate, environmental, political and socio-economic factors could impact food security across the region. Experts will gather at the workshop from November 5-7, in Halong City, Vietnam, entitled: “Scenarios for Future Food Security, Environments and Livelihoods in Southeast Asia.” Currently targeting Cambodia, Lao and Vietnam, theRead More …

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Going gourmet in Vietnam’s uplands

1 August, 2013 by (comments)

Hoa Bui sits crossed-legged, pouring green tea into small china cups with a thoughtful look on her face. An ethnic minority farmer in Vietnam’s upland northwestern district of Tan Lac in Hoa Binh Province, her stilted house is nestled in remote green sloping fields. She’s mulling over whether to grow chayote again this year – the leafy vegetable envelopingRead More …

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