Asia’s prized climate-resilient cash crop

25 June, 2015 by (comments)

Seeds of change In Southeast Asia, cassava is grown by over eight million farmers as a primary source of income and calories, especially among poor, rural upland communities. Despite years of research neglect and stagnating yields during the 1980s, cassava has had a dramatic come-back as a popular cash crop – but it still needs to be coupled withRead More …

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Sharpening the focus on CIAT’s role in the restoration of degraded lands and soils

23 June, 2015 by (comments)

Soils matter! We all agree. An important session of CIAT’s Annual Program Review celebrated the International Year of Soils (IYS) and gathered input from CIAT scientists in diverse disciplines on how to sharpen the focus of our soils research agenda.   The soils team first highlighted attractive and successful innovations in communicating soil science during IYS. These include aRead More …

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Soil science: a global concern

17 June, 2015 by (comments)

By Vinh Le Bui During my recent trip to Nairobi, I had the opportunity to spend a few weeks with the dynamic soils team. It was enlightening because I discovered that as well as the many common problems faced in Africa as in Asia, there are also common solutions. Although prices are generally higher in Africa than the average world’sRead More …


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Why multi-stakeholder collaboration is essential

17 June, 2015 by (comments)

At the 10th joint ICRAF-CIAT Brown Bag Seminar sessions in Hanoi,  Marc Schut, a social scientist working with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and Wageningen University (WUR), based with IITA in Bujumbura, Burundi, gave a presentation on multi-stakeholder collaboration. He holds a MSc in Agro-ecological Knowledge and Social Change and a PhD in Communication and Innovation Studies fromRead More …

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Regional Workshop on Climate Smart Agriculture Technologies

17 June, 2015 by (comments)

Scientists and experts in agriculture and climate change from across Asia gathered in Manila, the Philippines from June 2-4th, to discuss climate-smart agricultural technologies for the region. Participants came from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka Nepal, and Bhutan, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Mongolia. Among them, Nora Guerten and Andy Jarvis represented CIAT. AgricultureRead More …

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Virtual “digi-hub” forum to discuss pest and disease threat

17 June, 2015 by (comments)

By Yen Le Hoang A virtual platform was launched in April to discuss crop protection relevant to Southeast Asia – a first for regional experts. With only 15 participants physically in Ban Me Thuot City, Dak Lak province in central Vietnam, the workshop titled “Cassava health in Southeast Asia: the way forward,” succeeded in bringing together 12 different institutions from theRead More …

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CIAT’s Annual Program Review 2015 is around the corner

12 June, 2015 by (comments)

This year’s Annual Program Review (APR) will take place from 22–26 June in CIAT headquarters in Cali, Colombia. With the overall objective of improving the quality of research, the APR provides an opportunity for broad dialogue between research areas, programs, and regions to ensure alignment with the Center mission, strategy, core themes, and priorities. Scientific staff from Africa, Asia, andRead More …


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