A smart revolution: World Congress in Asia

13 January, 2016 by (comments)

If you’re on a diet in 2016, restricting your carb intake might be on your list of New Year’s resolutions. But around the world, demand is on the rise for starch and other forms of carbohydrate, as incomes rise and consumer preferences change. It might seem strange that demand for a starchy root crop would increase with higher incomes.Read More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Cassava @en, Crops @en, Crops website, Regions

Smart beans help farmers cope with global warming – CIAT on Deutsche Welle

10 December, 2015 by (comments)

The eyes of the world are on Paris as leaders from 195 countries continue to hammer out a global agreement on how to address climate change, a threat that is expected to have huge impact on the ability of some communities to grow food. Take beans, for example. Beans are a cheap and healthy diet staple for millions, especiallyRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Beans @en, Climate Change

Beans that Can Beat the Heat

24 March, 2015 by (comments)

Responding to fears that bean production will take a big hit from global warming, CIAT scientists have identified about 30 “elite” lines showing tolerance to temperatures 4 degrees Centigrade above the crop’s normal “comfort zone.” Research on these beans, which is supported by the CGIAR Fund and documented in a recent CGIAR report, represents a major contribution to theRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Beans @en, Climate Change, Crop diversity, Crops @en, Latin America and the Caribbean

Women as drivers of positive change

5 March, 2015 by (comments)

In many developing countries, women play a major role in agricultural activity. They can be responsible for growing and selling crops and livestock, in addition to taking care of the household and all the members of the family. As a result of climate change – which can exacerbate pests and plant diseases, degraded landscapes, declined soil fertility, reduced yields,Read More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Gender, Multimedia @en

Emergency taskforce to tackle cassava curse in Cambodia

8 December, 2014 by (comments)

Efforts to contain and control a devastating threat facing cassava farmers and industry in Cambodia will be ramped up this week. A regional taskforce brings together local and international cassava researchers, local government officials and extension officers to hammer out an emergency action plan to tackle a deadly cassava disease and stamp it out. Cassava, cultivated by many poor farmers in Cambodia, is threatenedRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Cassava @en, Crops @en, Crops website, Press Releases, Regions

Brainstorming with the media on climate change in Vietnam

27 November, 2014 by (comments)

Twenty-seven journalists from a broad range of media outlets in Vietnam attended a two-day seminar in Hanoi recently, which aimed to stimulate better information sharing between agricultural researchers and the media. A panel of experts from CGIAR Centers and national partners shaped the discussions, with an introductory speech by Vice Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture, and Rural Development, Dr.Read More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, CIAT in the media, Climate Change, Climate Change website, Multimedia @en, Regions

Tiny wasps make big news

25 November, 2014 by (comments)

When CIAT’s Kris Wyckhuys and Bogor Agricultural University’s Aunu Rauf unleashed around 3,000 tiny parasitic wasps into a field cage in Indonesia in September, little could they have imagined the big news these tiny creatures would whip up. From the Financial Times, Bloomberg TV and the Wall Street Journal to local language outlets like Kompas, an international audience wanted to know what this “SWAT team”,Read More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media