Why investing in scientific research in Africa is essential – Robin Buruchara

10 July, 2013 by (comments)

With Africa Agriculture Science Week in Ghana fast approaching, here’s an opinion piece to set the scene, from CIAT’s Africa Coordinator, Robin Buruchara. Robin has been well-placed to witness the impact of investments in agricultural research in Africa over the years, and shares his views on why it should continue. This article was first published in This is Africa,Read More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Beans @en, CIAT in the media

CIAT’s “Marge Simpson” cassava featured in The Guardian

11 April, 2013 by (comments)

UK newspaper The Guardian has published an in-depth piece on the potential of cassava as a cash crop in Africa. The article goes into detail about the strange-looking, but highly promising experimental cassava growing at CIAT’s headquarters in Colombia, recently reported here on the CIAT news blog. Tall, compact and likened in appearance both to asparagus and Marge Simpson’sRead More …

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The Climate Reality Project – Colombian coffee on the frontline

19 December, 2012 by (comments)

It was probably only a matter of time before the names Andy Jarvis, Peter Laderach and Al Gore appeared in the same sentence. So it’s great to see that a recent documentary about climate change and smallholder coffee production in Colombia finally unites these two beacons of CIAT’s climate change research with the former US Vice President, Nobel LaureateRead More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media, Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean, Multimedia @en

Punjab on fire – in pictures

12 December, 2012 by (comments)

India’s rice-wheat system feeds a lot of people – and I mean a lot. But the widespread burning of crop residues after the rice harvest is causing all manner of problems, from the release of huge quantities of greenhouse gases and toxins to declining soil fertility. The system desperately needs to become more sustainable. We covered the story hereRead More …

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

Growing more maize with a mobile phone

12 September, 2012 by (comments)

If you want to know why Eric Owandu now considers his mobile phone one of the most important tools on his farm, have a look at this article, just published in New Agriculturist. Eric is one of around 1,600 smallholders in Western Kenya currently trialling a new text messaging service, as part of the  CIAT-led Africa Soil Information ServiceRead More …

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Toronto Star features CIAT/CCAFS cassava & climate change work

6 August, 2012 by (comments)

The Toronto Star – Canada’s largest daily newspaper – has just published a piece about the great potential of cassava as a climate-smart crop. The article which features research from the “Rambo root” scientific article by CIAT & CCAFS earlier this year.

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Cassava @en, CIAT in the media

CIAT’s director general Ruben Echeverría speaks to Australia’s ABC Radio

30 July, 2012 by (comments)

CIAT’s director general talks to Australia’s ABC radio’s PM program, about CIAT, the “perfect storm” of challenges facing smallholder farmers in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and how these can be overcome through scientific research. You can listen and read the transcript here.

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Asia @en, CIAT in the media, Latin America and the Caribbean