Putting gender on the map

19 January, 2015 by (comments)

This week, the CGIAR Gender and Agriculture Research Network meet at the International Rice Research Institute in Los Baños, in the Philippines. Debate is expected to focus on how to make sure CGIAR research factors gender and social difference into its strategy and results, to enhance future planning and innovation. Formed in 2012, the  Network is composed of researchers engaged with social scienceRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Inside Asia, Inside CIAT

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

On the trail of DR Congo’s purple “gorillas”

11 July, 2013 by (comments)

We’ve travelled about an hour north of Bukavu, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, against the flow of UN trucks, to pull up at a thronging crossroads in Mita village. On the dusty traffic island are indicators that we’re not far from one of the few refuges of the endangered eastern lowland gorilla: a dilapidated tourist sign for Kahuzi-Biega NationalRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Beans @en, Crops @en, Crops website

Why investing in scientific research in Africa is essential – Robin Buruchara

10 July, 2013 by (comments)

With Africa Agriculture Science Week in Ghana fast approaching, here’s an opinion piece to set the scene, from CIAT’s Africa Coordinator, Robin Buruchara. Robin has been well-placed to witness the impact of investments in agricultural research in Africa over the years, and shares his views on why it should continue. This article was first published in This is Africa,Read More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Beans @en, CIAT in the media

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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Filed Under: Africa @en, Soils, Soils website

PABRA: Agricultural transformation in Ethiopia and beyond

29 April, 2013 by (comments)

Published in the new CIAT Annual report 2012-2013. There is a revolution taking place in East Africa. At its center, lies the humble white pea bean – and a market-led approach that is transforming agriculture, stirring institutional change, and stimulating economic growth. At Tuka Langano village in Ethiopia’s Oromia region, Milko Bati sits on her veranda. She used toRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Beans @en

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