Congo guinea pig count keeps rising

17 February, 2010 by (comments)

Mainstream international media interest in CIAT’s work to improve guinea pig production in war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo continues today. The BBC’s Spanish language site BBC Mundo gives a great write up of the news report, originally posted on the CIAT blog on Monday. The story has now been published over 140 times worldwide in the last 24 hours.Read More …

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CIAT’s guinea pig work in Congo gets international coverage

16 February, 2010 by (comments)

CIAT’s work to improve guinea pig production in war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo has received wide international press coverage today, following yesterday’s announcement on the CIAT blog. The story has been published in UK national newspaper The Guardian, The New York Times and ABC News, amongst others. Here’s the original story.

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Reviewing ECABREN’s Progress Over the Last Year

15 February, 2010 by (comments)

By Olive Thiong’o The East and Central Africa Bean Research Network (ECABREN) opened its annual steering committee meeting this morning, to review the work carried out in the first year of the new PABRA phase. ECABREN, the most established network of the Pan Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA), is holding the meeting in Arusha, Tanzania from 15 – 20,Read More …

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Guinea pigs in drive to improve food security in DRC

15 February, 2010 by (comments)

Pioneering new work by CIAT and its partners to improve guinea pig production could help tackle food insecurity in the conflict zones of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It follows the surprise discovery last year of the rodents – native to South America – being kept as “micro-livestock” by rural households the troubled North and South Kivu districtsRead More …

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Fruit project could accelerate scientific research “by decades”

11 February, 2010 by (comments)

An ambitious new project to record the experiences of thousands of smallholder farmers in Colombia to help establish optimum growing conditions for tropical fruits in the country, is to begin imminently, following an USD $1.6m grant from Asohofrucol (the Association of Fruit and Vegetable Growers in Colombia). The Site-Specific Agriculture based on Farmers Experiences (SSAFE) project aims to documentRead More …

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New climbing beans featured in Sci-Dev

5 February, 2010 by (comments)

The recent release of 15 improved climbing bean varieties in Rwanda features in the latest edition of the online development magazine Sci-Dev. The beans, developed by the CIAT and its partner, the Rwandan Agricultural Research Institute (ISAR), are well-suited to rainy, high-altitude areas, and include varieties with disease resistance. Some could triple the yields of the more commonly grownRead More …

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