Visualizing evolving global diets: National Geographic puts CIAT’s data into an interactive graphic

1 September, 2014 by (comments)

Earlier this year, CIAT published a study in PNAS, which addresses the increasing homogeneity of global food supplies and the implications for food security. It revealed that diets worldwide have become more similar by an average of 36% in the last 50 years. According to the study, global food systems rely increasingly on just a few crops – inRead More …

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

Changing the backstory of smallholder coffee production

8 July, 2014 by (comments)

Discriminating coffee enthusiasts expect a lot from their espressos, cappuccinos, and lattes.  These consumers want a “mind-blowing” coffee, which not only has an extraordinary taste but also comes with an upbeat backstory about its origins. Collaborative CIAT research in Guatemala, Mexico, and Nicaragua has helped reveal what the backstory of smallholder coffee production really is, how it has changedRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean

CIAT Annual Report 2013-2014 now available

12 May, 2014 by (comments)

Titled Building an Eco-Efficient Future, the new report puts the spotlight on CIAT Strategy 2014-2020 by briefly summarizing its key messages, reporting key advances on which the CIAT strategy will build through collaborative research for development, and by inviting partners and donors to join us in the collective effort to make tropical agriculture more eco-efficient in the years to come.Read More …

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We all are drivers of (climate) change

15 April, 2014 by (comments)

Has the tone changed in discussions about our climate? That of the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published on 31 March certainly has. While the IPCC has repeatedly warned us about the risks related to climate change, this time around, the message sounds particularly urgent. The report confirms that human activities are responsible forRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change

Action now, warn experts, as pests threaten Indonesia’s food security crop

14 December, 2013 by (comments)

If there’s one thing being at the top of the food chain affords you, it’s time. Time spent combating what could potentially wipe you out of existence can be much more productively spent on other things – like eating. And eating is what one major pest has done a lot of since it arrived in West Java, Indonesia. DiscoveringRead More …

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

Clamp-down launched on devastating threats to starch crop

3 December, 2013 by (comments)

Scientists are ramping up efforts to contain and clamp-down on serious pests and diseases threatening “devastating” impact on a leading food security, cash and bio-energy crop in Southeast Asia. In the region, cassava is the third largest source of calories after rice and maize, and an important food crop, particularly in Indonesia. The crop supports an estimated 40 millionRead More …

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

Reuters Alertnet features a major advance in crop biofortification

16 October, 2013 by (comments)

It is especially fitting that on World Food Day, with its “sustainable food systems for food security and nutrition” theme, Reuters Alertnet has featured a CIAT blog post reporting a fourfold boost in the vitamin A content of cassava. The improved cassava could provide a solution to millions of Africans suffering from malnutrition related to vitamin A deficiency. ReadRead More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media