Daniel Debouck – guardian of biodiversity

21 January, 2010 by (comments)

CIAT’s Daniel Debouck is featured in the latest edition of Geneflow. The annual magazine, produced by CGIAR sister-center Bioversity International, promotes “awareness of the importance of the Earth’s agricultural biodiversity and the role it plays in improving people’s lives and livelihoods.” In the two-page feature, Daniel describes his work as manager of CIAT’s genebank at the institution’s headquarters inRead More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media, Crop diversity, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

End of the road for Enola

17 September, 2009 by (comments)

Just when we thought the decade-long legal wrangle over the controversial “Enola” bean patent had finally been put to rest, it seemed the saga was set to continue. But we’ve just heard that seed company POD-NERS’ latest legal move – a petition for a panel rehearing – has been denied. In August, the company requested that the United StatesRead More …

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CIAT featured in New Agriculturist magazine

9 September, 2009 by (comments)

If you’ve been following the CIAT blog recently, you’ll know that the impact of climate change on coffee production is a hot topic. As a high value cash crop produced by many smallholder farmers in poor upland areas of the tropics, any threat to production is a direct threat to livelihoods. A recent CIAT trip to Colombia’s coffee zoneRead More …

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New legal decision against Enola bean

22 July, 2009 by (comments)

A US citizen who claimed he had “invented” a new bean, and took out a patent on the yellow “Enola” variety has once again had his claim defeated in the courtroom. But despite the result, the case raises important questions about the effectiveness of biopiracy laws, and their ability to adequately protect small farmers. On 10th July, the U.S.Read More …

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