An African grass comes home for good – Part 1: Adding value to biodiversity

23 October, 2014 by (comments)

Ask any non-African what they usually associate with this continent – at least when a crisis like the current Ebola outbreak isn’t capturing everyone’s attention – and they’re likely to mention Africa’s spectacular big game. But what if someone were to make the case that a far less charismatic slice of Africa’s biological diversity – particularly an un-photogenic forageRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Crop diversity, Crops @en, Regions, Tropical Forages

Getting climate-smart talk on the top agenda

22 July, 2014 by (comments)

This post was first published on the CCAFS blog. “If climate change were a language, we’re currently all speaking different dialects,” said Debisi Araba, Technical Advisor on Environmental Policy to Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. His observations at the Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture (ACSA) consultation held in Hanoi, Vietnam, echoed others among the 140 delegates, who met in late JuneRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Climate Change, Climate Change website

In search of data that tell a story

26 May, 2014 by (comments)

It’s pitch-dark by the time the small group of eager but weary scientists reaches the remote rural community of Hierbas Buenas. Already late for an appointment with local leaders, they’re nearing the end of a 3-day journey in the Peruvian Amazon, which has given them a glimpse of the varied places and people that will be the focus ofRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

Guaranteeing food security in times of (climate) change

25 September, 2013 by (comments)

Latin America and the Caribbean is known for its incredible diversity of people, plants, animals, and ecosystems , but despite a collective reputation for contrast and extremes, all countries in the region have one thing in common: the serious impact that climate change is likely to have on their rural populations and agricultural systems. Agriculture contributes importantly to foodRead More …

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“Grassroots action” to curb global climate change

16 September, 2013 by (comments)

New scientific evidence demonstrates that a potent chemical mechanism operating in the roots of a tropical grass used for livestock feed has enormous potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Referred to as “biological nitrification inhibition” or BNI, the mechanism markedly reduces the conversion of nitrogen applied to soil as fertilizer into nitrous oxide, according to papers prepared by CIATRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Climate Change website, Crop diversity, Crops @en, Tropical Forages

Going gourmet in Vietnam’s uplands

1 August, 2013 by (comments)

Hoa Bui sits crossed-legged, pouring green tea into small china cups with a thoughtful look on her face. An ethnic minority farmer in Vietnam’s upland northwestern district of Tan Lac in Hoa Binh Province, her stilted house is nestled in remote green sloping fields. She’s mulling over whether to grow chayote again this year – the leafy vegetable envelopingRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Crops @en, Regions, Soils

Bean impact: making sense of 16%

12 July, 2013 by (comments)

Having had the chance to witness the spread of better beans in East Africa it was great to hear that the, well, bean counters had been sent in to do a formal impact assessment. The results will form part a series of studies known as the Diffusion and Impact of Improved Varieties in Africa (DIIVA). But at first glance,Read More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Beans @en