Minding the gaps: scientists hail major advance in adapting food crops to climate change

31 July, 2013 by (comments)

Global efforts to adapt staple foods like rice, wheat and potato to climate change have been given a major boost as new research reveals the details and whereabouts of their “wild relatives” – their undomesticated distant cousins that could contain secrets to making food crops more productive and resilient. Some of these wild and weedy species have evolved toRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Asia @en, Climate Change, Climate Change website, Crop diversity, Latin America and the Caribbean

RTBMaps: more than just eye candy for scientists

15 July, 2013 by (comments)

If you ever needed proof of the power of visual data, try this: Visit the RTBMaps website. You’ll arrive at a big world map. Click on the “Biotic” button, and select “cassava mealybug.” Then hold onto your seat. That little exercise did more to hammer home the potential vulnerability of cassava to this formidable pest than any peer-reviewed studyRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Asia @en, Cassava @en, Latin America and the Caribbean

“Rambo root” could beat climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa

27 February, 2012 by (comments)
Yuca Rambo

Cassava expected to “enjoy” climate change – could produce more food for millions of people A traditional root crop long neglected by modern science could be the best bet for farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa to beat climate change, according to a new study by a team of climate scientists. The research, published in a special edition of the scientificRead More …

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Filed Under: Crop diversity, Crops @en

Climate-smart coffee in (more or less) two minutes

27 October, 2011 by (comments)

Meet Henk. He’s not just smart, he’s climate-smart. Plus, he knows a thing or two about coffee, and how farmers in Latin America and East Africa can protect their coffee crops from the expected impacts of climate change, as well as reduce their environmental footprint. ** Henk – full name Henk van Rikxoort – is a coffee scientist whoRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean, Multimedia @en, Regions

CIAT and partners toast new BREAD project

10 August, 2011 by (comments)

A pioneering initiative by scientists at CIAT, our sister center the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the University of California-Davis, could significantly speed-up the improvement of cassava and banana crops, and help to transform breeding and production systems. It was one of just six projects to be approved in this year’s highly competitive round of prestigious BREADRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en

CIAT prepares for first ever annual review on African soil

4 May, 2011 by (comments)

CIAT launches its annual review meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, next week, with a keynote address from Dr. Namanga Ngongi, President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). The event, held for the first time on African soil – will see senior scientists from CIAT’s headquarters in Colombia, and regional office in Southeast Asia, join their colleaguesRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en