Breaking Ground – the new annual report from HarvestPlus – out now

24 July, 2012 by (comments)

The 2011 annual report from HarvestPlus – the  initiative tasked with developing nutrition-rich staple crops for Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia – is now available. The announcement on the HarvestPlus website gives a tantalising taster of what’s inside: You can learn more about Benard, a farmer in Zambia who is testing vitamin A maize, and Alamgir, a plant breederRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Asia @en, Crops @en

Uganda: Cassava conference to tackle climate change head-on

16 May, 2012 by (comments)

An important announcement from our colleagues at the Danforth Plant Science Center: Global alliance to gather to consider strategies for overcoming challenges of global climatic change at international cassava conference ST. LOUIS, MO, May 15, 2012—The Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century (GCP21) will hold its second scientific conference June 18 – 22, 2012 at the Speke ResortRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Cassava @en, Crops @en, Regions

Global nutrition program to revitalize efforts in Latin American and Caribbean

15 May, 2012 by (comments)

An exciting announcement from our partners, HarvestPlus: Latin American countries (LAC) are about to benefit from a renewed effort to improve nutrition and public health. AgroSalud, a program that has been developing more nutritious staple food crops for LAC has been integrated into HarvestPlus, a global program that improves nutrition by developing food crops rich in minerals and vitaminsRead More …

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Filed Under: Crop diversity, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

BBC photo gallery features six CIAT projects to mark Earth Day

7 May, 2012 by (comments)

The Spanish language news site BBC Mundo has featured six CIAT projects as part of a 12-picture photo gallery to mark Earth Day. The gallery covers CIAT work with water harvesting in Central America; biofortification, climate change resilience, site-specific agriculture, and gene bank conservation in Colombia. Click below to find out more – if your Spanish is up toRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en, Beans @en, Cassava @en, CIAT in the media, Crops @en, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions, Rice @en, Tropical Fruits

Sweet potato doubles vitamin A intake – HarvestPlus study

22 November, 2011 by (comments)

Promising results just out from HarvestPlus, in the British Journal of Nutrition. It looks as though the orange sweet potato has been well-received in northern Mozambique, having been adopted by around 65 per cent those farmers who trialled it in Zambezia Province. The improved tuber was developed by crop breeders to contain higher levels of beta-carotene – which turnsRead More …

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Biofortification: CIAT in the spotlight

8 August, 2011 by (comments)

If you happened to pick up a copy of The Seattle Times this morning, you might recognise CIAT’s Steve Beebe and Hernan Ceballos on the front page. The lead article The quest for a bean to fight world hunger looks at the role of organisations like CIAT and the HarvestPlus initiative in developing nutritionally-improved crops. Click to read theRead More …

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Ushering in the age of biofortification

14 February, 2011 by (comments)

Policymakers should incorporate nutrition and farming, if the world is going to rise to the challenges of hunger, malnutrition, and a growing population. That’s the message from the Leveraging Agriculture for Improving Nutrition and Health conference in New Delhi, India, organized by CIAT’s CGIAR sister-center the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Experts at the conference have called for moreRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en