Chocolate? Sure, as long as it’s 55% shade

16 June, 2014 by (comments)

I personally like dark chocolate, with 70% cocoa or more. But if my chocolate can also be climate friendly, even better. This is where the shade percentage matters. Let’s take a look at cocoa production then. Brazil was once among the world’s main cocoa producers, but yield levels have declined in the 1990s due to a combination of agronomicRead More …

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

Smart development in 5 questions

11 June, 2014 by (comments)

Customer service is at the heart of business. Companies tirelessly survey and sound out their clients, and adapt their strategies and products as necessary. Why should it be different when it comes to development? A new approach proposed by a group of researchers at CIAT intends to do just that: get continuous feedback from project stakeholders and make immediateRead More …

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Advancing climate-smart agriculture: CCAFS Annual Report 2013 highlights the program’s main contributions to attaining food security in a changing climate

29 May, 2014 by (comments)

The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) is dedicated to putting climate-smart agriculture at the heart of farming practices and policy across the globe. CCAFS, whose research is closely integrated with capacity strengthening, partner engagement, and creative communications, presents impressive achievements over the last year in its Annual Report 2013, published earlier this month.Read More …

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When growing coffee conserves biodiversity

22 May, 2014 by (comments)

There are several ways to grow coffee, from the traditional shaded plantation, where a canopy of trees protects coffee plants from the sun, all the way to intensive, full-sun coffee production, where only coffee plants are grown to, theoretically, increase yields. Shaded coffee farms do notably better at conserving biodiversity and providing ecosystem services, including pollination, pest control, climateRead More …

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Climate change in Haiti: Investing in mangos instead of coffee?

12 May, 2014 by (comments)

With approximately 80% of its population living on less than US$2 a day, Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas. The major earthquake that struck the country in 2010 seriously damaged the economy, especially its agriculture, which contributes 25% to the gross domestic product (GDP) and employs almost 58% of the labor force. As if this were notRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean, Tropical Fruits

We all are drivers of (climate) change

15 April, 2014 by (comments)

Has the tone changed in discussions about our climate? That of the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published on 31 March certainly has. While the IPCC has repeatedly warned us about the risks related to climate change, this time around, the message sounds particularly urgent. The report confirms that human activities are responsible forRead More …

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Former CIAT Scientist Segenet Kelemu – Laureate of the 2014 L’Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science Award

8 April, 2014 by (comments)

Segenet Kelemu, former Leader of Crop Health Management at CIAT, is the Laureate of the 2014 L’Oréal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science for Africa and the Arab States region. Kelemu was honored for her research on how improved forage grasses can enhance rural livelihoods while also delivering benefits related to the environment and climate change. Her work was recognizedRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Crops @en, Gender, Latin America and the Caribbean