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

Rethinking seed aid in times of disaster

1 April, 2014 by (comments)

Drought in Ethiopia, flooding in Pakistan, earthquake in Haiti, conflict in Congo… Every year, the worlds’ vulnerable are hit by natural and man-made disasters, the frequency of which is set to increase, according to the latest report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) into the impact of climate change. Urgent action to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climateRead More …

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

CIAT Strategy 2014-2020: Building an Eco-Efficient Future

18 February, 2014 by (comments)

In pursuit of increased research impact, CIAT has developed a new strategy for the period 2014-2020. Reaffirming eco-efficiency as a guiding principle of our research, the strategy explains how the Center’s growing research team and networks will capitalize on past and current work to translate smarter use of resources into valuable impacts, such as higher incomes, improved child nutrition,Read More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Asia @en, Gender, Inside CIAT, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

Putting nitrogen to work for smallholder farmers

19 November, 2013 by (comments)

Many soils across Africa are starved of nitrogen, making it difficult for smallholder farmers to produce the yields needed to feed growing populations. For many, the cost and accessibility, or lack thereof, puts nitrogen fertiliser beyond their reach. But what if they could harness free nitrogen from the atmosphere? They can – by growing legumes, which ‘fix’ nitrogen intoRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Soils, Soils website

Gender: Moving beyond the box-ticking exercise

7 November, 2013 by (comments)

By Katherine A. Snyder and Beth Cullen This blog originally appeared on the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) blog and is part of the Agriculture and Ecosystems Blog’s month-long series on Restoring Landscapes. Read the full post on the WLE blog.  Gender…..it’s a word that usually provokes a response, often either of eye-rolling or ardent interest.  All tooRead More …

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

On Africa’s farms, history doesn’t have to repeat itself

29 October, 2013 by (comments)

By Rolf Sommer This post is part of the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) blog month-long focus on Restoring soils and landscapes. Rolf Sommer is participating in Global Soil Week October 27-31, 2013. For farmers in North America, Europe and parts of Asia, growing enough food has never been a problem thanks to a centuries-oldRead More …

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A month on land: Restoring soils and landscapes

21 October, 2013 by (comments)

This post originally appeared on the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) blog on 18 October 2013. By Deborah Bossio Soil. It’s like the air we breathe – we can’t live without it. It provides our food, cleans our water, supports our ecosystems and livelihoods, and even gives us lifesaving medicines. But we aren’t doing enoughRead More …

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