Progress in implementing the CGIAR’s policy on open access and open data

31 August, 2015 by (comments)

Five of the 13 proposals submitted by CGIAR centers for phase II of the CGIAR’s Research Programs (CRP) mention and clearly include the subject of open access and open data as a priority, which means the issue is hot and current. Specialists in managing knowledge, databases, statistics, and data from the International Potato Center (CIP), International Maize and WheatRead More …

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How does collective intelligence address climate change?

31 August, 2015 by (comments)

The Climate CoLab community, led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, seeks to harness the collective intelligence of people all over the world in putting together proposals that tackle the challenge of climate change. Inspired by developments such as Wikipedia and Linux, MIT created the crowdsourcing platform, where citizens work with experts and with each other toRead More …

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Banking biodiversity in Vietnam

24 August, 2015 by (comments)

Disappearing under a thick canopy of leaves, Tran Thi Ha is quick to point out five different types of the root crop cassava on her farm – and their somewhat unusual uses. “We use the stems of cassava stakes as a medium to grow mushrooms,” she says, pointing to a line of cut cassava stems. Nestling in the foothillsRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Cassava @en, Climate Change, Crop diversity, Crops @en, Regions

Photo story: Busting soil myths in Tanzania

24 August, 2015 by (comments)

You can also view the photo story full screen. Related stories and information: Bringing soils back to life – a conversation with Deborah Bossio Scaling up – TV helps farmers shape up soils in East Africa New photo-film: mapping soil diversity in Tanzania CIAT Soils Research brief Other links: Africa RISING USAID Feed the Future, Tanzania Photo album onRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Regions, Soils, Soils website

A Date with Big Data in Uruguay

18 August, 2015 by (comments)

It was definitely not love at first sight. Gonzalo Rovira had prepared carefully for this first date. Years of experience assured him that all would go well. But when the big moment arrived, he felt intimidated. His date was a platform named “R,” which is widely used by scientists and statisticians for data analysis. Rovira had a long storyRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions, Rice @en

Bringing soils back to life – a conversation with Deborah Bossio

18 August, 2015 by (comments)

After decades of neglect, in part due to the long term nature of soils research and the short term nature of development funding, soils research is on the brink of a renaissance as the world starts to recognise just how vital the ground beneath our feet is. Few are more enthusiastic about it than Dr. Deborah Bossio, the Area DirectorRead More …

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Three-month research stipend in Vietnam

11 August, 2015 by (comments)

A short-term, three-month postdoc stipend is available for a pilot project led by Dr. Abigail Walter of SLU and Dr. Kris Wyckhuys of CIAT. The project will examine tritophic interactions involving cassava, invasive pathogens and herbivores, and the native insect herbivore and natural enemy communities. Lead researchers are looking for a postdoc for a three-month field work project, collecting and identifyingRead More …

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