An African grass comes home for good – Part 2: Biodiversity to the rescue

23 October, 2014 by (comments)

Of all the efforts now underway to incorporate improved Brachiaria grass into Africa’s mixed farming (see part 1 in this blog series), the biggest and most successful was prompted less by its well-known value as livestock feed and more by another important role for the grass that CIAT scientists never imagined. This and other experiences with Brachiaria are summarizedRead More …

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

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

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

Four-legged futures: turning Vietnam’s cash cows into productive assets

21 March, 2013 by (comments)

CIAT Annual Report 2012-3 – Sneak Preview Ngo Van Hung is poised to quit his job as a builder in Vietnam’s Ea Kar District. Around six years ago he started getting a lot of work in the village of Chu Cuc, a community of smallholder farmers. He’d build a new home here, another one there; all of them bigRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Crops website, Tropical Forages

CIAT’s work on drought tolerance and aluminium toxicity featured in New Agriculturist

7 March, 2011 by (comments)

CIAT’s work to improve the performance of essential smallholder crops under conditions of drought and acid soil is featured today in the online development magazine New Agriculturist. Click to read more. The article focuses on the center’s work to tackle the problem of aluminium toxicity, which causes root stunting and, during drought, prevents crops from accessing residual water deepRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en, CIAT in the media, Crops @en, Tropical Forages

Brachiaria – part of a sustainable solution

26 November, 2010 by (comments)

An article pushlished yesterday by Inter Press Service gives an informative overview of ongoing work by CIAT and its partners to improve the eco-efficiency of livestock production through the use of brachiaria forage grasses. Colombia tests forage crops against climate change describes how brachiaria can help to retain soil nitrogen, reducing both the emissions of powerful greenhouse gases from livestockRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en, Tropical Forages