Publication compiling case studies of the 2010 Latin American and Caribbean Knowledge Share Fair now online

29 July, 2011 by (comments)

This publication, Feria del Conocimiento América Latina y el Caribe: Casos destacados en agricultura, desarrollo y seguridad alimentaria, is now available on line. The publication, only available in Spanish, gathers the highlights and conclusions of the Knowledge Share Fair Latin America and Caribbean, held 25-27 May 2010, at CIAT in Cali, Colombia. The main objectives of the Fair wereRead More …

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

Water scarcity = food insecurity? Think again

28 July, 2011 by (comments)

Award-winning team didn’t go with the flow As the world population edges closer to 7 billion this year, on-target for a projected peak of 9 billion by 2050, we won’t just need more food. We’ll need more water, in order to grow more food. Right? Actually, not quite. The prevailing wisdom – that population pressure will trigger a globalRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en

South Sudan: Sowing the seeds of a farming revolution

13 July, 2011 by (comments)

As independence celebrations subside, the real work of nation-building must now begin – with a major role for agriculture Agricultural assistance will be critical to the development of the world’s newest nation, and existing support will require a major re-think, according to a new report published recently by CIAT, FAO and an alliance of research partners. As the tenRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Regions

This is what deforestation looks like from space…

11 July, 2011 by (comments)

…or rather, different kinds of deforestation. The first of these shots shows “classic” slash-and-burn agriculture in the Peruvian Amazon. It combines a series of satellite images taken between 1990 and 2000. The coloured clusters depict recently cleared areas of vegetation (purple) and those where vegetation is re-growing (green). The second image, from Mato Grosso, Brazil, shows vegetation clearance overRead More …

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World food prices: Sugar bucks the trend for June

8 July, 2011 by (comments)

Food prices remained high for June, rising one percent on the FAO Food Price Index of May and 39 percent higher than in June 2010.   However, cereal prices were down one percent from May, thanks to improved weather conditions in Europe and the lifting of the wheat export ban in Russia. Dry weather affected sugar production in Brazil, the world’sRead More …

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Powerful images aid plea for help in Horn of Africa

8 July, 2011 by (comments)

The Horn of Africa is in crisis. This is the strong impression we get from a series of dramatic photos published today by The Guardian, which show the devastating human impact drought is having on lives in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia. We see pastoralists standing over their dead livestock, children sick from malnourishment, hordes coming from miles toRead More …

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China smog a smokescreen to temperature rise

5 July, 2011 by (comments)

China’s coal burning frenzy in the last decade may be the reason behind stagnating global temperature rises between 1998 and 2008, a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests. While increasing carbon emissions, burning coal can have an overall cooling effect with the release of aerosols into the atmosphere, which reflect heat back intoRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change