Climate change and the “U word” …continued

26 February, 2012 by (comments)

This piece in Scientific American takes a closer look at last week’s news (and here) about the role of computer models in predicting the effects of climate change on agriculture, following three new reports from the CGIAR’s Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Research Program. In this article, CIAT’s Andy Jarvis explains the “Two Degrees Up” principle, andRead More …

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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

Haitian mangoes ripe for export – new study

23 September, 2011 by (comments)

A new report has found that targeted mango production in Haiti could be one way to help smallholder farmers boost their incomes. Produced by CIAT in partnership with Catholic Relief Services, the report looks at opportunities for developing the mango value chain in the Caribbean nation, which is struggling to recover from last year’s devastating earthquake. It identifies opportunitiesRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions, Tropical Fruits

BBC features CIAT’s work on coffee and climate change

30 June, 2011 by (comments)

BBC Mundo has just published this great in-depth article about coffee and climate change in Latin America. The article features the insights of CIAT climate change experts Peter Laderach and Andy Jarvis of our Decision and Policy Analysis program, as well as an abridged version of the Two Degrees Up: Colombia photofilm, which takes a closer look at the challengesRead More …

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Gourmet guide gives a glimpse of the future of specialty coffee production

16 May, 2011 by (comments)

A new guide book to producing specialty coffee, and business models that will help improving coffee bean quality and boost farmers’ incomes, is due to be published imminently by the International Plant Nutrition Institute’s Southeast Asia Program. Click the cover image below to view chapter summaries and author profiles: While coffee is one of the most important commodities inRead More …

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Two Degrees Up video series – 10,000 online hits, and rising

5 May, 2011 by (comments)

If you still haven’t seen them, the recent series of Two Degrees Up climate change photofilms, released for the launch of the CGIAR’s Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) in December last year, are continuing to attract plenty of online viewers. This week they reached and breached the 10,000 hits mark. The films, jointly producedRead More …

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Fighting hunger in the coffeelands

4 May, 2011 by (comments)

A landmark CIAT report on the difficulties faced by smallholder coffee producers in Latin America, and the subsequent action taken to address them, has resulted in a new video documentary by Optic Nerve Productions and The Coffee Trust. After the Harvest: Fighting Hunger in the Coffeelands shows how coffee farmers from Nicaragua to Mexico attempt to adapt to theRead More …

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