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

CIAT’s genebank featured in The Seattle Times

8 August, 2011 by (comments)

Pest resistance. Climate change adaptation. Improved nutrition… If you still need to be convinced of the global importance of plant genetic conservation, take a look at a second article published today in The Seattle Times. It features CIAT’s Genetic Resources program leader Daniel Debouck, and makes a strong case for the role of conservation in helping farmers and cropRead More …

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Brazil gov set to crack down on illegal logging

24 May, 2011 by (comments)

Brazilian authorities are taking serious action on illegal deforestation in response to new satellite images showing an almost 30% spike in logging between August 2010 and April 2011, compared to the same period last year. The reports have shocked the government, according to The Guardian, as they follow a period of achieving the lowest levels of Amazonian deforestation ever.Read More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

“Anthropogenic cocktail” the real threat to biodiversity

30 March, 2011 by (comments)

If you’re interested in finding out how biodiversity is being affected by not only climate change but also other human-induced threats such as habitat destruction, deforestation, and over-harvesting, listen here to a radio interview with biodiversity expert and author Richard Pearson. Dr. Pearson says that nature has the ability to respond to a changing environment however these additional pressuresRead More …

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CIAT’s first-ever video diary: Jarvis brings crop wild relatives in from the cold

3 February, 2011 by (comments)

In the first-ever video diary for the CIAT blog, Andy Jarvis gives us an update from a chilly Kew Gardens in London, UK. Andy is at Kew for a warm-up meeting relating to CIAT’s role in a new USD50m project from the Global Crop Diversity Trust, funded by the Norwegian government, to collect and conserve some of the world’sRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Crop diversity, Multimedia @en

Forests in the spotlight in 2011

27 January, 2011 by (comments)

The United Nations Year of Forests 2011 was officially launched in New York this week, at a meeting of the UN’s Forum on Forests. The year aims to raise awareness of the sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests, and as reported by Reuters Alertnet, it is “the first major international meeting on forests afterRead More …

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CIAT experts home in on endangered plants – to improve food production & climate change adaptation

11 January, 2011 by (comments)

CIAT’s Andy Jarvis – crop wild relatives by CIAT CIAT scientists are pinpointing areas around the world for the collection of some of the world’s most important plant species. The team will run computer models to determine the likely locations of endangered wild relatives of some of the world’s most important food crops like wheat, rice and beans. CollectionRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Crop diversity