Brachiaria – part of a sustainable solution

26 November, 2010 by (comments)

An article pushlished yesterday by Inter Press Service gives an informative overview of ongoing work by CIAT and its partners to improve the eco-efficiency of livestock production through the use of brachiaria forage grasses. Colombia tests forage crops against climate change describes how brachiaria can help to retain soil nitrogen, reducing both the emissions of powerful greenhouse gases from livestockRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en, Tropical Forages

COP16 to mark the launch of CIAT-led climate change program

18 November, 2010 by (comments)

With just 15 days to go before the official launch of the CGIAR’s largest climate change program to date, we’re putting the finishing touches on Two Degrees Up – collection of case studies documenting the challenge of climate change to small farmers in Colombia, Ghana and Kenya. Click to view Two Degrees Up trailer, and remember to turn onRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change

Haiti: an action plan for agricultural development

5 November, 2010 by (comments)

A landmark CIAT report into the state of agriculture in Haiti, following January 2010’s devastating earthquake, features in the latest edition of New Agriculturist. The online development magazine, funded by the UK International Department for International Development (DFID), takes a close look at the recently released Haiti Seed System Security Assessment (SSA), which makes a series of recommendations forRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

Voice of America reveals the secrets of CIAT “supergrass”

2 November, 2010 by (comments)

CIAT scientists feature in a new documentary about the environmental benefits of brachiaria, produced by US broadcaster Voice of America. Brachiaria – a nutritious forage grass – can drastically reduce the environmental impact of livestock production by inhibiting nitrification, the process by which soil nitrogen is converted into the potent greenhouse gas nitrous oxide. Continued research into brachiaria couldRead More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media, Crops @en, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions, Tropical Forages