Nicaragua: water harvesting work featured in New Agriculturist

8 May, 2012 by (comments)

If you’ve ever been to Nicaragua during the dry season, you’ll know why we’ve been getting very excited about some water harvesting rpojects there. For the latest on the work – by the CIAT-based Latin American Fund for Irrigated Rice (FLAR) – have a look at this feature, just published as part of a Climate Sustainable Agriculture special featureRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en, CIAT in the media, Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

Climate change: a blessing in disguise for India’s apple farmers?

11 April, 2012 by (comments)

If you’d like a glimpse of what successful climate change adaptation looks like, this short photofilm is a good place to start. In the 1950s, apple production was booming in and around Kullu town, in Himachal Pradesh, northern India. But as temperatures began to rise, the area became too warm for apples, pushing the apple belt uphill to coolerRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Climate Change, Multimedia @en

Climate change to ruin Valentine’s Day?

13 February, 2012 by (comments)

CIAT’s 2011 study into the possible effects of climate change on the production of cocoa – the key raw ingredient in chocolate  – seems to pop up everywhere these days. It got a mention in this piece from last Friday’s LA Times, along with a report from Climate Nexus which suggests the 30% slump in sugarcane production in IndonesiaRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, CIAT in the media, Climate Change, Regions

G20 leaves food crisis looming?

24 June, 2011 by (comments)

The food system will continue to suffer from a lack of strong leadership, and food price volatility will reign, say food experts and aid agencies following the first-ever G20 agricultural ministers’ conference to address food security and commodity regulation held this week in Paris. In particular, the contentious themes of biofuels and export bans remained unaddressed as big playersRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en

The story of agriculture and the green economy

23 May, 2011 by (comments)

Farming First has produced The Story of Agriculture and the Green Economy, a sleek six-part “inforgraphic” to depict the link between agriculture and economic growth, employment, hunger and poverty reduction, using existing information. For bringing data to life, and engaging a broad audience, inforgraphics like this can make a lot of sense. In this case, they also help bringRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en

Hope for a hunger-free Africa

10 May, 2011 by (comments)

By CIAT Africa There is hope for a hunger-free Africa – this was the optimistic message from Dr. Namanga Ngongi, of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), during his keynote address at the opening of the CIAT annual program review in Nairobi, yesterday. According to Dr Ngoni, with Africa’s main development challenge is producing enough foodRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Inside CIAT, Regions

Africa one step closer to GM

1 April, 2011 by (comments)

More African nations could be moving closer to formally introducing genetically modified (GM) crops, as the increasing demand on food production and natural resources forces them to consider all the possible solutions to hunger and poverty.   Most countries, reports Reuters Africa, have been wary about the adoption of GM crops out of fear of the unknown effect onRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Regions