Minding the gaps: scientists hail major advance in adapting food crops to climate change

31 July, 2013 by (comments)

Global efforts to adapt staple foods like rice, wheat and potato to climate change have been given a major boost as new research reveals the details and whereabouts of their “wild relatives” – their undomesticated distant cousins that could contain secrets to making food crops more productive and resilient. Some of these wild and weedy species have evolved toRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Asia @en, Climate Change, Climate Change website, Crop diversity, Latin America and the Caribbean

Punjab on fire – in pictures

12 December, 2012 by (comments)

India’s rice-wheat system feeds a lot of people – and I mean a lot. But the widespread burning of crop residues after the rice harvest is causing all manner of problems, from the release of huge quantities of greenhouse gases and toxins to declining soil fertility. The system desperately needs to become more sustainable. We covered the story hereRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, CIAT in the media, Climate Change, Climate Change website

Bruce Campbell of CCAFS writes in Scientific American

9 July, 2012 by (comments)

Have a look at the leader of the CGIAR’s Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Research Program, Bruce Campbell’s opinion piece on the blog of Scientific American, the publication of which coincided with the last month’s United Nations Rio+20 conference on sustainable development in Brazil. And if you have four minutes to spare, here’s a short trailer played toRead More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media

CCAFS in Nepal: Finding the future of Beora – PART ONE

13 June, 2012 by (comments)

I knew not to expect “guide book” Nepal: majestic, snowy peaks; multicoloured prayer flags fluttering against clear blue skies. But nothing quite prepared me for the Terai. Around 120 km west of the capital Kathmandu, this is a hazy, sweltering, lowland plain, where daytime temperatures hover around 45 degrees Celsius, with little respite after dark. With the sweat pouringRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Climate Change

“Rambo root” could beat climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa

27 February, 2012 by (comments)
Yuca Rambo

Cassava expected to “enjoy” climate change – could produce more food for millions of people A traditional root crop long neglected by modern science could be the best bet for farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa to beat climate change, according to a new study by a team of climate scientists. The research, published in a special edition of the scientificRead More …

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Filed Under: Crop diversity, Crops @en

Cassava and CGIAR prominent in Bill Gates’ call for more agricultural innovation

25 January, 2012 by (comments)

Great to see cassava featuring prominently in this year’s annual open letter from Bill Gates, on behalf of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Cassava, a crucial smallholder crop is often eclipsed in international research by the big staples like rice, wheat and maize – but it’s a CIAT priority crop. Up to one billion people, mostly in sub-SaharanRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en

In case you missed it (Part 3) – CIAT article featured on Reuters Alertnet

17 January, 2012 by (comments)

Great news that the humanitarian news arm of the Reuters news agency re-published a CIAT blog article over the holiday period – about the burning of rice residues in Punjab, India. Tackling India’s burning desire appeared on their Climate Conversations pages. For the original article on the CIAT blog, click here. For the accompanying picture set, click here.

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Filed Under: Crops @en