CIAT helps African cassava “Bridegroom” find perfect match

3 February, 2011 by (comments)

A new disease-tolerant cassava variety just released in Nigeria could help to boost food production in the country, and highlights the importance of conserving cassava germplasm from Latin America for scientific research in Africa. The new crop combines two forms of resistance to the devastating cassava mosaic disease(CMD): one found in the so-called “Bridegroom” cassava variety, a Nigerian landrace,Read More …

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Filed Under: Cassava @en, Crop diversity, Crops @en

Tom Hargrove remembered

26 January, 2011 by (comments)

With deep sadness CIAT received the news of the passing of Dr. Thomas Hargrove, Head of Communications at CIAT from 1992 to 1995. An amazing writer and exceptional colleague, Tom revitalized public information at the Center and promoted the production of the first institutional videos directed toward external audiences. On 24 September 1994, on his daily trip to CIATRead More …

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Take the CIAT Photo Challenge – can you guess where this picture was taken?

21 January, 2011 by (comments)

Spend just 1 minute and 30 seconds to test your geography, with the CIAT Photo Challenge.

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Filed Under: Multimedia @en

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

World Food Prices – CIAT Analysis

17 January, 2011 by (comments)

CIAT’s economist Bernardo Creamer talks about the recent rises in world food prices, and compares the situation now with the world food price crisis of 2006-2008. He also raises the importance of improving agricultural research-and-development to improve crop productivity to reduce the impact of adverse weather and climate change on yields and therefore food prices.

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en

High hopes for lowland rice – PERU

7 January, 2011 by (comments)

A newly-released rice variety could help producers in coastal areas of Peru boost yields by more than 30 per cent. The “INIA 510 Mallares” variety is also more resilient to diseases, and produces rice with improved grain quality over varieties currently sown. Developed by rice researchers at Peru’s National Institute of Agricultural Innovation (INIA), using a parental line fromRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions, Rice @en

New AgroSalud photofilm now online

6 January, 2011 by (comments)

A short photofilm documenting the work of CIAT-based biofortification program AgroSalud is now available to watch online. The film covers the program’s work to improve children’s nutrition in schools in Colombia’s southwestern department of Cauca, and gives an insight into efforts to improve the nutritional content of staple food crops across Latin America and Caribbean to address endemic malnutrition.Read More …

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Filed Under: Multimedia @en