Climbing beans reach new heights in Rwanda

29 January, 2013 by (comments)

Already one of the most densely populated countries in the world, the United Nations predicts that Rwanda’s population of around 11 million people is set to nearly quadruple by the turn of the century. An Upward Spiral – the story of climbing beans in Rwanda from CIAT Colombia on Vimeo. With a pressing need to sustainably boost food productionRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Beans @en, Multimedia @en

Two Degrees Up climate change films published by Reuters AlertNet

19 June, 2012 by (comments)

The Two Degrees Up series of short films about the possible impact of climate change on smallholder agriculture has recently been published by Reuters AlertNet. The films, originally produced to coincide with the launch of the CGIAR’s Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Research Program, take a look at what a two-degree Celsius increase in average temperature –Read More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, CIAT in the media, Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean, Multimedia @en

CIAT’s guinea pig work in DRC featured by Reuters

7 May, 2012 by (comments)

Work by CIAT scientists to improve rural nutrition in Democratic Republic of Congo through guinea pig production has featured as one of the “Solutions for a Hungry World” – a special feature by Alertnet, the humanitarian arm of the Reuters news agency. No-one is really sure how guinea pigs – known in East Africa as “cavies” – arrived inRead More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media, Crops @en, Regions

Rwanda: Climbing beans featured in The Guardian

30 April, 2012 by (comments)

UK newspaper The Guardian has just run a 10-picture feature on the successful work of the Rwanda Agriculture Board, CIAT and a host of partners to develop and release improved climbing beans in Rwanda. Rwanda is already running out of land, and by 2100 the United Nations predicts that the current population will almost quadruple. This means sustainable intensificationRead More …

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“Rambo root” could beat climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa

27 February, 2012 by (comments)
Yuca Rambo

Cassava expected to “enjoy” climate change – could produce more food for millions of people A traditional root crop long neglected by modern science could be the best bet for farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa to beat climate change, according to a new study by a team of climate scientists. The research, published in a special edition of the scientificRead More …

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Filed Under: Crop diversity, Crops @en

Powerful images aid plea for help in Horn of Africa

8 July, 2011 by (comments)

The Horn of Africa is in crisis. This is the strong impression we get from a series of dramatic photos published today by The Guardian, which show the devastating human impact drought is having on lives in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia. We see pastoralists standing over their dead livestock, children sick from malnourishment, hordes coming from miles toRead More …

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Millions in Horn of Africa face food, water crisis

15 June, 2011 by (comments)

Prolonged drought in the Horn of Africa is becoming critical and threatens the livelihoods of eight million people, according to new analysis from the FAO. In Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia severe water shortages have lead to the death of hundreds of thousands of livestock, crop failures, unaffordable food prices, and increased rates of malnutrition. The rising costs ofRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en