Ushering in the age of biofortification

14 February, 2011 by (comments)

Policymakers should incorporate nutrition and farming, if the world is going to rise to the challenges of hunger, malnutrition, and a growing population. That’s the message from the Leveraging Agriculture for Improving Nutrition and Health conference in New Delhi, India, organized by CIAT’s CGIAR sister-center the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Experts at the conference have called for moreRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en

China keen for public approval on GM

28 January, 2011 by (comments)

The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture is funding research into a public debate around the issues of GM food crops, in an effort to allay recent civil protests to farmers having the right to plant GM rice and corn, reported SciDev. The Government is considering the use of GM crops to feed the country’s growing population. Prime Minister Wen JiabaoRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Regions

Introductory Two Degrees Up climate change photofilm is online

20 January, 2011 by (comments)

A short piece introducing the recently completed Two Degrees Up series of climate change photofilms is now online. Narrated by CIAT’s Andy Jarvis, the video outlines the Two Degrees Up concept, and gives an overview of three case studies that look at the impact of climate change on smallholder farmers in Colombia, Ghana and Kenya. The Two Degrees UpRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Multimedia @en

Kenya climate change photofilm – now online

17 January, 2011 by (comments)

The third in the series of the Two Degrees Up climate change photofilms – from Kenya – is now online. The story looks at farming systems in the country’s Mount Kenya region, and looks at some of the methods being employed by farmers to enable them to adapt to the problems caused by rising temperatures and increasingly unpredictable rains.Read More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Climate Change, Multimedia @en, Regions

Agriculture needs “significant transformation” – FAO report

16 December, 2010 by (comments)

A new FAO report calls for “significant transformation” of agriculture in developing countries to tackle the inter-related problems of climate change and food security. For a quick overview, see New Agriculturist. CIAT will play a key role in helping small farmers rising to these kinds of challenges, by leading the recently-launched CGIAR Climate Change Research Program, unveiled in Cancun,Read More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change

COP16 to mark the launch of CIAT-led climate change program

18 November, 2010 by (comments)

With just 15 days to go before the official launch of the CGIAR’s largest climate change program to date, we’re putting the finishing touches on Two Degrees Up – collection of case studies documenting the challenge of climate change to small farmers in Colombia, Ghana and Kenya. Click to view Two Degrees Up trailer, and remember to turn onRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change

Haiti: an action plan for agricultural development

5 November, 2010 by (comments)

A landmark CIAT report into the state of agriculture in Haiti, following January 2010’s devastating earthquake, features in the latest edition of New Agriculturist. The online development magazine, funded by the UK International Department for International Development (DFID), takes a close look at the recently released Haiti Seed System Security Assessment (SSA), which makes a series of recommendations forRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions