UN conference delegates visit CIAT genebank

30 March, 2010 by (comments)

Delegates from a United Nations (UN) meeting on genetic resources have visited CIAT’s genebank to learn more about the institution’s role in protecting and conserving plant material and its commitment to making it freely available to plant breeders and researchers around the world. The 40-strong delegation was part of the UN’s Ninth Conference of the Parties to the ConventionRead More …

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

Ambitious cocoa project featured in Coffee & Cocoa International

29 March, 2010 by (comments)

The latest on an ambitious project involving CIAT and key partners to improve the livelihoods of West African cocoa farmers is featured in the current edition of trade magazine Coffee and Cocoa International. Early 2010 marks the halfway point in the four-year-long Ghana Fine Flavor Cocoa Project, which aims to link all stages of the cocoa value chain andRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, CIAT in the media, Regions

CIAT photos on the BBC

25 March, 2010 by (comments)

Following last week’s announcement here on the CIAT blog about our Flickr page breaking through the 100,000 hits barrier, today the BBC has used two of our shots to illustrate their advance coverage of the Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD), which takes place in Montpellier, France, next week. Click the link to read Big food pushRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Asia @en, CIAT in the media, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

CIAT’s new annual report – out now

19 March, 2010 by (comments)

We’re very pleased to announce that CIAT’s annual report 2009 is now available. An Eco-Efficiency Imperative for Tropical Agriculture elaborates CIAT’s commitment to sustainable, scientific solutions to hunger, as well as taking a closer look at some of the Center’s success stories from last year. You can view the online “flippable” version by clicking on either the link orRead More …

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CIAT’s Flickr page – 100,000 hits and rising

17 March, 2010 by (comments)

CIAT photographs hosted on the Flickr website have received more than 100,000 hits – in less than a year. The milestone figure was reached this morning. The ever-growing online photo library features over 1,300 images of CIAT’s work to find eco-efficient solutions to hunger in the tropics. Creative Commons licensing enables users to download and publish the pictures free-of-chargeRead More …

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New digital story – Backing up the genebank

10 March, 2010 by (comments)

CIAT has sent its third consignment of seeds from its gene bank in Colombia, to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway. The Global Seed Vault, buried in permafrost near the North Pole, safeguards material from genebanks from all over the world. In this 3-minute digital story, CIAT’s Genetic Resources Program leader Daniel Debouck likens the process of duplicationRead More …

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Filed Under: Crop diversity, Latin America and the Caribbean, Multimedia @en, Regions

ECABREN takes on new gender challenges

10 March, 2010 by (comments)

By Olive Thiong’o At the close of the recent East and Central Africa Bean Research Network [ECABREN] steering committee meeting in Arusha, Tanzania, participants unanimously agreed to begin implementing the gender guidelines introduced in PABRA’s 2009 – 2013 framework. Following a thorough review of the work done in the first year of this phase, gender “mainstreaming” – one ofRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Gender, Regions