Mi cassava es tu cassava

30 September, 2015 by (comments)

New research shows just how much different regions of the world rely on each other for the foods they know and love – and why it’s time to share This world is really messed up. Especially when it comes to food – and specifically the plants we eat. Take for example, a hearty British roast dinner. With close competitionRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Crop diversity

UN awards big data project for confronting crazy weather in rice production

2 September, 2014 by (comments)

CGIAR scientists wielding big data tools to blunt the impacts of climate change on Latin America’s rice production have been named one of two winners of the Big Data Climate Challenge, to be awarded at the United Nations Climate Summit taking place on 23 September in New York City. The other winner is the World Resource Institute’s Global ForestRead More …

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Visualizing evolving global diets: National Geographic puts CIAT’s data into an interactive graphic

1 September, 2014 by (comments)

Earlier this year, CIAT published a study in PNAS, which addresses the increasing homogeneity of global food supplies and the implications for food security. It revealed that diets worldwide have become more similar by an average of 36% in the last 50 years. According to the study, global food systems rely increasingly on just a few crops – inRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en, Climate Change, Crop diversity, Crops @en

Mineral fertiliser is the key to unlocking Africa’s agricultural potential

3 July, 2013 by (comments)

What is the answer to increasing fertiliser use in Africa? It’s a question many have asked for decades, yet, despite a myriad of meetings, programmes, movements and initiatives, the vast majority of efforts to increase fertiliser use among smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa have failed to make a noticeable impact. But, argues Rolf Sommer, CIAT soil scientist and leadRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Soils, Soils website

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

“Window of opportunity” for climate change adaptation

3 October, 2011 by (comments)

Good news, finally. And I don’t mean for dentists. A new compendium of research released today outlines the best options for “climate-proofing” some of the world’s most important food crops. It features significant contributions from scientists at CIAT, and the CGIAR-wide program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). While climate change means farmers will need to dealRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en

CIAT and partners toast new BREAD project

10 August, 2011 by (comments)

A pioneering initiative by scientists at CIAT, our sister center the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the University of California-Davis, could significantly speed-up the improvement of cassava and banana crops, and help to transform breeding and production systems. It was one of just six projects to be approved in this year’s highly competitive round of prestigious BREADRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en