Hope for a hunger-free Africa

10 May, 2011 by (comments)

By CIAT Africa There is hope for a hunger-free Africa – this was the optimistic message from Dr. Namanga Ngongi, of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), during his keynote address at the opening of the CIAT annual program review in Nairobi, yesterday. According to Dr Ngoni, with Africa’s main development challenge is producing enough foodRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Inside CIAT, Regions

Just add water: food production transformed in drought-prone Nicaragua

6 May, 2011 by (comments)

Following last week’s tantalising post about some very exciting water harvesting pilot projects in Nicaragua, today we can bring you a just-finished photofilm, documenting the work – and its potential for expansion across Central America, and beyond. The work, coordinated by FLAR, and financed by the Common Fund for Commodities, shows that farmers’ fortunes really can be transformed veryRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

Two Degrees Up video series – 10,000 online hits, and rising

5 May, 2011 by (comments)

If you still haven’t seen them, the recent series of Two Degrees Up climate change photofilms, released for the launch of the CGIAR’s Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) in December last year, are continuing to attract plenty of online viewers. This week they reached and breached the 10,000 hits mark. The films, jointly producedRead More …

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

CIAT prepares for first ever annual review on African soil

4 May, 2011 by (comments)

CIAT launches its annual review meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, next week, with a keynote address from Dr. Namanga Ngongi, President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). The event, held for the first time on African soil – will see senior scientists from CIAT’s headquarters in Colombia, and regional office in Southeast Asia, join their colleaguesRead More …

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Fighting hunger in the coffeelands

4 May, 2011 by (comments)

A landmark CIAT report on the difficulties faced by smallholder coffee producers in Latin America, and the subsequent action taken to address them, has resulted in a new video documentary by Optic Nerve Productions and The Coffee Trust. After the Harvest: Fighting Hunger in the Coffeelands shows how coffee farmers from Nicaragua to Mexico attempt to adapt to theRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

Water wars? Changing climate spells trouble in East Africa

2 May, 2011 by (comments)

Rising temperatures and dwindling rainfall have caused the retreat of the northern shores of Lake Turkana from Ethiopia into Northern Kenya. As this stunning and troubling film shows, this has resulted in violent disputes between neighbouring tribes as they try ensure their access to water. Clocking in at over 16 minutes, When the water ends is pretty long forRead More …

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A chance meeting with one of CIAT’s “founding fathers”

2 May, 2011 by (comments)

From CIAT Director-General Ruben Echeverría: In October 1966, Dr. Lewis M. Roberts from the Rockefeller Foundation and Dr. Lowell S. Hardin from the Ford Foundation wrote “A Proposal for Creating an International Institute for Agricultural Research and Training”. A year later, the Government of Colombia, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation and soon thereafter the Kellogg Foundation, agreed toRead More …

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