Understanding Rwanda’s puzzling nutrition paradox

29 April, 2015 by (comments)

It’s October in Cyuve district, one of Rwanda’s most productive agricultural regions. Looking across the valley to the hills in the far distance, just one crop dominates. Climbing beans. The beans are not yet waist high. Instead, it is the many thousands of uniform two metre wooden stakes reaching into the sky that cover the entire landscape. You’d beRead More …

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

New coffee study a wake-up call

27 April, 2015 by (comments)

Whether you like it frothy, skinny, straight or short, coffee lovers around the world face a wake-up call as the perfect storm brews for their favourite drink. For the first time, researchers have mapped suitability for Arabica coffee – the most popular, high-quality gourmet variety with a 70 percent global market share – to see how it will cope inRead More …

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

New photo-film: mapping soil diversity in Tanzania

23 April, 2015 by (comments)

The second photo-film of a two-part series, “The Ground Beneath Your Feet,” is launched this week during Global Soil Week, where CIAT is highlighting the importance of soil, debating the latest science and technology as well as methods for preserving this vital natural resource. In Lushoto, Tanzania, a cluster of CCAFS climate-smart villages nestle in the stunning Eastern Arc Mountains, stretching between Tanzania and Kenya. The richly diverseRead More …

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

A Virtual Feast for the Mind

15 April, 2015 by (comments)

We invite you to feast your eyes and your mind on the online version of CIAT’s Annual Report 2014-2015: Pathways to Development Impact – our first virtual and fully interactive publication*. Like our printed annual reports of the past, this one offers a comprehensive overview of the Center’s achievements in the last year – including its contributions to theRead More …

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Partner collaboration in Asia: building a new framework

8 April, 2015 by (comments)

More than 50 regional partners joined CIAT Asia’s team in Hanoi for the Asia Partners’ Forum from April 7-8th. The two-day meeting involved intense discussions around the new five-year strategic framework launched in 2014, to expand the scope and identify new priorities for CIAT’s regional research and development program. Researchers from Thailand, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Philippines, Indonesia, China and Vietnam joined membersRead More …

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Filed Under: Inside Asia, Inside CIAT

Scaling up – TV helps farmers shape up soils in East Africa

2 April, 2015 by (comments)

There are a lot of big facts about soil knocking around this year – on account of it being the International Year of Soils. These are great for mobilising much-needed global interest and action in efforts to protect this finite resource on which our lives depend (even the White House posted a blog on ‘Why soil rocks’ last week). ButRead More …

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

Strengthening value-chain linkages to improve cassava production in Southeast Asia

1 April, 2015 by (comments)

By Jonathan Newby Throughout Southeast Asia, cassava has historically been considered a secondary food crop for remote upland communities. Often grown by ethnic minorities and on marginal land, the crop provided an important source of food and income, particularly in years where other crops failed due to factors such as drought. Upland farmers harvest roots as required for householdRead More …

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Filed Under: Inside Asia, Inside CIAT