Predicting crop suitability – the CaNaSTA story

7 January, 2011 by (comments)

CIAT scientist Peter Laderach has co-authored a new book on the benefits of the CaNaSTA (Crop Niche Selection in Tropical Agriculture) software. See the book: Crop Niche Selection for Tropical Agriculture (CaNaSTA): Method, manual and case studies. The software can help predict crop suitability in particular regions – and it’s free to download. It has been used to supportRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

High hopes for lowland rice – PERU

7 January, 2011 by (comments)

A newly-released rice variety could help producers in coastal areas of Peru boost yields by more than 30 per cent. The “INIA 510 Mallares” variety is also more resilient to diseases, and produces rice with improved grain quality over varieties currently sown. Developed by rice researchers at Peru’s National Institute of Agricultural Innovation (INIA), using a parental line fromRead More …

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

Climate-smart crops get to the root of the problem

7 January, 2011 by (comments)

New climate-hardy beans that produce good yields in drought conditions and poor soils go, quite literally, to the root of the problem. The new bean lines developed by CIAT and its partners are resistant to aluminium toxicity and drought, two major causes of crop failure in acid soils during times of low rainfall. Aluminum toxicity causes the stunting ofRead More …

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Filed Under: Beans @en, Crop diversity, Crops @en

La Niña drought threatens millions of livestock – KENYA

7 January, 2011 by (comments)

The La Niña weather system, which has brought torrential rains and devastating floods to Colombia in recent months, has left Kenyan livestock keepers in the north of the country facing severe drought. The United Nations news service IRIN reports today that up to 22 million livestock could die unless urgent action is taken to address water shortages and toRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Regions

Launch of CGIAR climate change research program featured in New Agriculturist

7 January, 2011 by (comments)

The latest edition of online development magazine New Agriculturist features an article on the launch of the new CIAT-led and CGIAR-wide climate change research program, or CCAFS. The article focuses on the recent Two Degrees Up climate change photofilms, which highlight the impact of a two degree rise in temperature on small farmers in Colombia and Ghana. The caseRead More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media, Climate Change