Partner collaboration in Asia: building a new framework

8 April, 2015 by (comments)

More than 50 regional partners joined CIAT Asia’s team in Hanoi for the Asia Partners’ Forum from April 7-8th. The two-day meeting involved intense discussions around the new five-year strategic framework launched in 2014, to expand the scope and identify new priorities for CIAT’s regional research and development program. Researchers from Thailand, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Philippines, Indonesia, China and Vietnam joined membersRead More …

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Filed Under: Inside Asia, Inside CIAT

Strengthening value-chain linkages to improve cassava production in Southeast Asia

1 April, 2015 by (comments)

By Jonathan Newby Throughout Southeast Asia, cassava has historically been considered a secondary food crop for remote upland communities. Often grown by ethnic minorities and on marginal land, the crop provided an important source of food and income, particularly in years where other crops failed due to factors such as drought. Upland farmers harvest roots as required for householdRead More …

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Tiny wasps make big news

25 November, 2014 by (comments)

When CIAT’s Kris Wyckhuys and Bogor Agricultural University’s Aunu Rauf unleashed around 3,000 tiny parasitic wasps into a field cage in Indonesia in September, little could they have imagined the big news these tiny creatures would whip up. From the Financial Times, Bloomberg TV and the Wall Street Journal to local language outlets like Kompas, an international audience wanted to know what this “SWAT team”,Read More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media

New video: Managing mealybugs in cassava

24 July, 2014 by (comments)

Across the world, cassava is grown for its edible, starchy tubers. In Asia, cassava has been free from major problems for a long time. But recently, the crop has been threatened by new pests and diseases spreading rapidly. Mealybugs are one of them. Mealybugs first appeared in Thailand in 2009 and provoked drastic yields reduction in infested fields. Indeed,Read More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Multimedia @en

Race to halt mystery curse spreading across Southeast Asia

16 April, 2014 by (comments)

The race is on to identify the mysterious cause of a devastating cassava disease sweeping through the region. Dozens of species of insects – thought to be the culprits for its spread – are currently being tested for traces of the disease, as researchers intensify efforts to stamp it out. Cassava witches’ broom disease is so called because ofRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Cassava @en, Crops @en, Crops website

Agricultural research to prioritise nutrition

2 April, 2014 by (comments)

The role of agriculture isn’t just to feed us enough, it is to feed us well. This week the CGIAR Consortium placed the weight of its agricultural research expertise behind efforts to improve global nutrition and public health as it committed to make breeding for mineral and vitamin traits the norm in conventional food crop development programs. Frank Rijsberman,Read More …

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Filed Under: Beans @en, Cassava @en, Crop diversity, Crops website, Gender, Regions

Witches’ broom – a curse on cassava

3 February, 2014 by (comments)

The online magazine New Agriculturist recently published the article: Witches’ broom – a curse on cassava, outlining CIAT’s renewed efforts to contain and clamp-down on emerging pests and diseases threatening cassava production with partners in Southeast Asia. A key threat, cassava witches’ broom disease, threatens up to 40 million smallholder farmers in the region who depend on the crop for theirRead More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media