Unlocking the potential of grassland

17 October, 2009 by (comments)

Better use of tropical grasslands could be as effective in the fight against hunger as investment in irrigation schemes, and could also help to protect the environment. The findings come from the first phase of the CGIAR-wide Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF), due to be completed in December 2009. The CPWF’s Basin Focal Projects studied water useRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en, Tropical Forages

Jarvis quoted in The Guardian

14 October, 2009 by (comments)

CIAT’s Andy Jarvis is quoted in the UK newspaper The Guardian. Andy’s comments appear in the article How will the world feed itself in 40 years’ time?, which takes a look at the predictions for global population growth and climate change, and the implications for food security. While parts of the article make for fairly grim reading, it alsoRead More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

Everything is ready for regional consultation on the future of agriculture for Latin America and the Caribbean

13 October, 2009 by (comments)

Representatives from the agricultural research sector in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) are to meet at CIAT on 19 and 20 October to participate in the Regional Consultation on Agricultural Research for Development for LAC. This consultation will form the basis of what is presented at the Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) to be heldRead More …

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Filed Under: Inside CIAT, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

Fair Trade coffee study causes a stir

13 October, 2009 by (comments)

CIAT research into the benefits of Fair Trade coffee is the basis for an article in Time magazine. Although Fair Trade: What price for good coffee? doesn’t mention CIAT by name, we carried out the “private industry study” they refer to, in Guatemala, Mexico and Nicaragua in 2007, in collaboration with the Sustainable Food Laboratory and Green Mountain CoffeeRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

Unanimity to support CGIAR change process

9 October, 2009 by (comments)

Deputy directors of research and finance of the 15 CGIAR centers have opted to support unanimity in the sharing of common services between them, as the CGIAR continues its transformation from a center-specific into a program-specific organization. The decision was made at this week’s four-day Alliance Deputy Executive (ADE) meeting at the CIAT headquarters in Colombia, and is partRead More …


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Jarvis and Colombia share a “true honor” at prize ceremony

7 October, 2009 by (comments)

CIAT’s Andy Jarvis has paid tribute to his Colombian colleagues during the Ebbe Nielsen Prize ceremony in Copenhagen, Denmark, yesterday. The annual award, granted by the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), recognizes the innovative use of the latest computer technology in biodiversity research. Jarvis, a UK scientist who has worked for CIAT in Colombia since 2000, leads the organization’sRead More …

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Filed Under: Inside CIAT, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

New Video – Cassava: fuel of the future?

2 October, 2009 by (comments)

The recent trial of cassava fuel to power a CIAT car attracted worldwide media attention. Now you can see it for yourselves. This short video documents the use of CIAT’s high-starch cassava varieties, together with small-scale processing plants developed by Clayuca, to produce ethanol from cassava. As Clayuca’s Bernardo Ospina explains, using the fuel to power a car isRead More …

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Filed Under: Cassava @en, Crops @en, Latin America and the Caribbean, Multimedia @en, Regions