Photo story: Busting soil myths in Tanzania

24 August, 2015 by (comments)

You can also view the photo story full screen. Related stories and information: Bringing soils back to life – a conversation with Deborah Bossio Scaling up – TV helps farmers shape up soils in East Africa New photo-film: mapping soil diversity in Tanzania CIAT Soils Research brief Other links: Africa RISING USAID Feed the Future, Tanzania Photo album onRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Regions, Soils, Soils website

On Africa’s farms, history doesn’t have to repeat itself

29 October, 2013 by (comments)

By Rolf Sommer This post is part of the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) blog month-long focus on Restoring soils and landscapes. Rolf Sommer is participating in Global Soil Week October 27-31, 2013. For farmers in North America, Europe and parts of Asia, growing enough food has never been a problem thanks to a centuries-oldRead More …

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RTBMaps: more than just eye candy for scientists

15 July, 2013 by (comments)

If you ever needed proof of the power of visual data, try this: Visit the RTBMaps website. You’ll arrive at a big world map. Click on the “Biotic” button, and select “cassava mealybug.” Then hold onto your seat. That little exercise did more to hammer home the potential vulnerability of cassava to this formidable pest than any peer-reviewed studyRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Asia @en, Cassava @en, Latin America and the Caribbean

Mineral fertiliser is the key to unlocking Africa’s agricultural potential

3 July, 2013 by (comments)

What is the answer to increasing fertiliser use in Africa? It’s a question many have asked for decades, yet, despite a myriad of meetings, programmes, movements and initiatives, the vast majority of efforts to increase fertiliser use among smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa have failed to make a noticeable impact. But, argues Rolf Sommer, CIAT soil scientist and leadRead More …

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Grain legumes come out of the shadows with major research programme

12 February, 2013 by (comments)

A new multi-million dollar research programme aims to improve the livelihoods of up to 1 billion people by boosting the productivity of some of the most important – but long-neglected – smallholder food crops. Grain Legumes – one of the 16 multi-partner CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs) – will develop new varieties of chickpea, common bean, groundnut, lentil, soybean, pigeonRead More …

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Filed Under: Beans @en, Crops @en

Climate Change: new study opens can of worms for ecologists

5 February, 2013 by (comments)

We often hear about livestock being a major cause of greenhouse gas emissions – picture them, formidable herds of flatulent quadrupeds munching their way – figuratively speaking – through millions of hectares of rainforest. But it seems we need to look below the surface, literally, to find another climate change culprit: earthworms. That’s because a new study just publishedRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Soils, Soils website

Ideological stalemate over organic farming slows Central Africa food security fight

27 October, 2011 by (comments)

Experts say ‘balanced’ approach can meet region’s food needs in the face of climate change and rapid population growth The polarized debate over the use of organic and inorganic practices to boost farm yields is slowing action and widespread farmer adoption of approaches that could radically transform Africa’s food security situation, according to a group of leading international scientistsRead More …

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