Getting ahead of the trends in global diets

28 November, 2014 by (comments)

In agricultural research, time-frames are long and funding often short, so getting the priorities right is crucial. Scientific organizations must be doubly sure they’re focused on tomorrow’s challenges and not yesterday’s, if they expect to remain relevant and effective. This is the spirit in which CIAT’s Decision and Policy Analysis (DAPA) Research Area has prepared a new policy brief examiningRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en, Climate Change, Crop diversity, Crops @en

Brainstorming with the media on climate change in Vietnam

27 November, 2014 by (comments)

Twenty-seven journalists from a broad range of media outlets in Vietnam attended a two-day seminar in Hanoi recently, which aimed to stimulate better information sharing between agricultural researchers and the media. A panel of experts from CGIAR Centers and national partners shaped the discussions, with an introductory speech by Vice Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture, and Rural Development, Dr.Read More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, CIAT in the media, Climate Change, Climate Change website, Multimedia @en, Regions

Tiny wasps make big news

25 November, 2014 by (comments)

When CIAT’s Kris Wyckhuys and Bogor Agricultural University’s Aunu Rauf unleashed around 3,000 tiny parasitic wasps into a field cage in Indonesia in September, little could they have imagined the big news these tiny creatures would whip up. From the Financial Times, Bloomberg TV and the Wall Street Journal to local language outlets like Kompas, an international audience wanted to know what this “SWAT team”,Read More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media

New Emeritus in Asia: ceremony to welcome Dr. Bo

25 November, 2014 by (comments)

By Yen Le Hoang The former President of the Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Science (VAAS) and long-standing ally of CIAT’s agricultural research for development in Southeast Asia, Dr. Nguyen Van Bo, has been inaugurated as CIAT Emeritus on the evening of October 24. During the memorable ceremony in Thang Loi hotel, CIAT staff had the honor of welcoming Dr.Read More …

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Filed Under: Inside Asia, Inside CIAT

Brown bag seminars: Nutrition and the double burden

25 November, 2014 by (comments)

By Yen Le Hoang The first-of-its-kind Brown-bag seminar was held at the Agricultural Genetics Institute (AGI) in Vietnam on October 24. This monthly lunch seminar series aims to foster research sharing, learning and collaboration among researchers from different CGIAR Centers, coordinated by Dr. Lisa Hiwasaki, coordinator of HumidTropics in Vietnam, and Dr. Dindo Campilan, regional director of CIAT Asia.Read More …

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African agriculture on a journey of transformation

24 November, 2014 by (comments)

On 16 October, which coincidentally was World Food Day, Julius Byamukama, product manager of a food-processing company in Uganda’s southwestern Kabale District, travelled to the nation’s capital, Kampala, to put the finishing touches on an application for government certification of a new line of tasty and nutritious products. Once granted, this will open the door to national markets, greatlyRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Agro-ecology and Economics @en, Regions

Costing the earth: who’s responsible?

17 November, 2014 by (comments)

Wielding a hammer, John Kabola steps back and surveys his day’s work. The quarry cut into the hills of Kenya’s Upper Tana watershed reveals deep layers of earth like a sliced cake. Quarry stones are in demand – the construction industry is thriving. That’s good news for Kabola, who has risen to quarry operator, investing his income in aRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Climate Change, Soils, Soils website