254,863 Flickr hits – Thank you!

25 April, 2011 by (comments)

CIAT’s photo gallery on the picture sharing website Flickr has now received over a quarter-of-a-million hits. The landmark figure was reached last week, while I was deep in the Amazon Rainforest – one of the few places left in the world without wireless internet access, hence this slightly delayed post. At the time of writing, the CIAT gallery –Read More …

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Filed Under: Multimedia @en

Green economy key to development success—UN

22 February, 2011 by (comments)

A global transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy will help boost economic growth and reduce poverty, and won’t cost the earth, according to a new report from the UN. Towards a green economy: Pathways to sustainable development and poverty eradication insists that a two per cent investment of global gross domestic product in “greening” key sectors such as agriculture,Read More …

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

Eco-efficiency preserves soil life, CIAT study confirms

16 February, 2011 by (comments)

New research from CIAT and the University of Western Australia has found that through the Quesungual Slash and Mulch Agroforestry System (QSMAS), soil health is maintained through the presence of soil-dwelling organisms. QSMAS is an eco-efficient farming system developed as an alternative to slash and burn agriculture. It involves a combination of post-harvest mulching, no tillage, and efficient fertilizers-useRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en

Take the CIAT Photo Challenge – can you guess where this picture was taken?

21 January, 2011 by (comments)

Spend just 1 minute and 30 seconds to test your geography, with the CIAT Photo Challenge.

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World population will reach 7 billion in 2011

18 January, 2011 by (comments)

On or around the 31st October 2011, the world’s 7 billionth person will be born, according to this recent article in The Guardian. For those fearing a Malthusian apocalypse, this a worrying milestone on the way to the world population peaking at 9 billion by 2050, after which the United Nations expects numbers to start declining. “Stood shoulder toRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en

CIAT’s innovation helps Ugandan farmers go organic

25 October, 2010 by (comments)

A CIAT-pioneered research approach has been proven to develop business skills in smallholder farmers, helping them to build profitable agro-enterprises, according to a recent study. The study, carried out in Uganda, aimed to move farmers from conventional to organic agricultural production, which is increasingly popular in Africa due to its success in reducing poverty through higher yields and accessRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Agro-ecology and Economics @en, Regions

Colombian president hears juicy details of CIAT-led fruit project

3 August, 2010 by (comments)

CIAT’s Andy Jarvis was delighted to get surprise chance to talk to Colombia’s president Alvaro Uribe about the organisation’s “revolutionary” new fruit project, last week. Uribe, who leaves office this week after completing two consecutive terms as president, visited CIAT and Asohofrucol’s exhibition stand at the Agro Del Pacífico 2010 trade fair at the three-day event in Cali onRead More …

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