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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Filed Under: Crops @en

Just add water: food production transformed in drought-prone Nicaragua

6 May, 2011 by (comments)

Following last week’s tantalising post about some very exciting water harvesting pilot projects in Nicaragua, today we can bring you a just-finished photofilm, documenting the work – and its potential for expansion across Central America, and beyond. The work, coordinated by FLAR, and financed by the Common Fund for Commodities, shows that farmers’ fortunes really can be transformed veryRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

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

Svalbard Global Seed Vault marks 3rd birthday

25 February, 2011 by (comments)

Congratulations to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, which celebrates its third birthday today. The huge repository, buried in permafrost in the Norwegian archipeligo of Svalbard, serves as a back-up for more than 600,000 plant seed samples from genebanks around the world. CIAT’s fourth shipment of seeds recently arrived at the Vault, after a 10,000km journey from the genebank atRead More …

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Filed Under: Inside CIAT

Sri Lanka: one-third of rice “completely destroyed”

8 February, 2011 by (comments)

Heavy monsoon flooding in the second-half of January has cut Sri Lanka’s staple rice crop by 35%, the country’s Ministry of Agriculture announced today. Reuters reports that the Ministry estimates that more than 300,000 hectares of rice has been “completely destroyed”, and while commodity traders expect the impact on world prices to be minimal, it nevertheless equates to theRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Crops @en, Regions, Rice @en

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

Cyclone Yasi pushes up sugar prices to new high

3 February, 2011 by (comments)

First there were devastating floods, now Cyclone Yasi, which battered the state of Queensland in Australia yesterday, is thought to have destroyed half of the state’s sugar crop, forcing up the price of sugar on world markets to an all-time high. Here are some vital statistics: – Queensland is among the world’s top three sugar cane exporters – QueenslandRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en