Can Colombia lead the way to the agriculture of the future?

28 February, 2014 by (comments)

Climate change adaptation is a big concept, one that doesn’t get any simpler when applied to agriculture. The sector is affected by a range of factors, from climate, to socio-economics, to international trade policy. What’s more, climate change is unprecedented and adaptation is thus a work-in-progress; there are very few – if any – past examples to learn from.Read More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change

Pest management: Make it fly

26 February, 2014 by (comments)

Feeding the 9 billion people expected to inhabit the planet in 2050 will be enough of a challenge for agriculture without giving half of the production away to… pests. Today arthropods, diseases, and weeds take away up to half of the crop production in developing countries (against 25 to 30 percent in high-income countries). “Crop losses to pests haveRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en, Crops @en

CIAT Strategy 2014-2020: Building an Eco-Efficient Future

18 February, 2014 by (comments)

In pursuit of increased research impact, CIAT has developed a new strategy for the period 2014-2020. Reaffirming eco-efficiency as a guiding principle of our research, the strategy explains how the Center’s growing research team and networks will capitalize on past and current work to translate smarter use of resources into valuable impacts, such as higher incomes, improved child nutrition,Read More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Asia @en, Gender, Inside CIAT, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

Terra-i: No stranger to controversy

5 February, 2014 by (comments)

Two things tend to happen when people get their hands on a new tool that is fundamentally helpful. First, they discover more uses for it than anyone could have imagined. And second, the more numerous and diverse the uses, the more likely it is that the tool will eventually become associated with conflict and controversy. A recent application ofRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

Witches’ broom – a curse on cassava

3 February, 2014 by (comments)

The online magazine New Agriculturist recently published the article: Witches’ broom – a curse on cassava, outlining CIAT’s renewed efforts to contain and clamp-down on emerging pests and diseases threatening cassava production with partners in Southeast Asia. A key threat, cassava witches’ broom disease, threatens up to 40 million smallholder farmers in the region who depend on the crop for theirRead More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media