Africa should follow Asia’s model for a green revolution – Hazell

24 January, 2011 by (comments)

This blog article by Peter Hazell calls for a renewed commitment to agricultural development in Africa in order to boost the chances of significantly reducing poverty on the continent. He writes that while there are some “striking similarities” between Africa now, and Asia in the 1950s, the level of financial support for agricultural development that triggered Asia’s green revolution,Read More …

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Take the CIAT Photo Challenge – can you guess where this picture was taken?

21 January, 2011 by (comments)

Spend just 1 minute and 30 seconds to test your geography, with the CIAT Photo Challenge.

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Colombian coffee takes a hit

20 January, 2011 by (comments)

Coffee farmers in Colombia are counting the cost of several consecutive seasons of unfavourable weather, which has affected crops across the country. As well as rains falling during flowering causing a drop in coffee yields, the increasing problems of coffee rust and infestations of the coffee pod borer have also ruined crops. Click to read Colombian coffee growers faceRead More …

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

Introductory Two Degrees Up climate change photofilm is online

20 January, 2011 by (comments)

A short piece introducing the recently completed Two Degrees Up series of climate change photofilms is now online. Narrated by CIAT’s Andy Jarvis, the video outlines the Two Degrees Up concept, and gives an overview of three case studies that look at the impact of climate change on smallholder farmers in Colombia, Ghana and Kenya. The Two Degrees UpRead More …

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WMO – 2010 was the warmest year on record

20 January, 2011 by (comments)

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has concluded that 2010 was the warmest year on record since global temperature records began in 1850. It found that 2010 was 0.53 degrees Celsius warmer than the average for the commonly-used baseline period of 1961-1990. While 2010 was marginally warmer that the other two warmest years on record – 1998 and 2005 –Read More …

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New set of Kenya pictures on CIAT’s Flickr page

19 January, 2011 by (comments)

The CIAT Flickr page received a lot of hits overnight, after we uploaded a set of 120 new pictures from Kenya, from the Two Degrees Up climate change project. There was one possible anomaly, however. Either there is a glitch in the system, or someone somewhere really liked this picture of a banana market, shot from the passenger seatRead More …

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Food prices worldwide reach highest ever level…

19 January, 2011 by (comments)

…according to Today, the BBC’s flagship radio news programme. That’s higher than the peak during the food price crisis of 2008, which triggered foot shortages, riots, and contributed to the toppling of at least one government. Former World Bank chief economist Joseph Stiglitz, speaking on the programme, blamed high agricultural subsidies – particularly in the United States and EuropeRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en