Hybrid rice for Latin America

23 April, 2013 by (comments)

Published in the CIAT Annual report 2012-2013, out now. A new public-private partnership across Latin America promises to boost rice productivity and could help bolster the region as an emerging food basket for the world. Launched in 2012, the Hybrid Rice Consortium for Latin America (HIAAL, by its Spanish acronym) brings CIAT researchers together with other rice scientists, traders,Read More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en, Crops website, Rice @en

Punjab on fire – in pictures

12 December, 2012 by (comments)

India’s rice-wheat system feeds a lot of people – and I mean a lot. But the widespread burning of crop residues after the rice harvest is causing all manner of problems, from the release of huge quantities of greenhouse gases and toxins to declining soil fertility. The system desperately needs to become more sustainable. We covered the story hereRead More …

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

Uruguay – a small country, big in rice

27 July, 2012 by (comments)
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The latest edition of Rice Today, produced by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), features rice production in… Uruguay. This small country in the temperate south-east of South America is something of an outlier in the rice world, pursuing its own brand of high-value rice production, and in so doing has managed to carve out its own place inRead More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media, Latin America and the Caribbean, Rice @en

Breaking Ground – the new annual report from HarvestPlus – out now

24 July, 2012 by (comments)

The 2011 annual report from HarvestPlus – the  initiative tasked with developing nutrition-rich staple crops for Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia – is now available. The announcement on the HarvestPlus website gives a tantalising taster of what’s inside: You can learn more about Benard, a farmer in Zambia who is testing vitamin A maize, and Alamgir, a plant breederRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Asia @en, Crops @en

Bruce Campbell of CCAFS writes in Scientific American

9 July, 2012 by (comments)

Have a look at the leader of the CGIAR’s Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Research Program, Bruce Campbell’s opinion piece on the blog of Scientific American, the publication of which coincided with the last month’s United Nations Rio+20 conference on sustainable development in Brazil. And if you have four minutes to spare, here’s a short trailer played toRead More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media

CCAFS in Nepal: Finding the future of Beora – PART ONE

13 June, 2012 by (comments)

I knew not to expect “guide book” Nepal: majestic, snowy peaks; multicoloured prayer flags fluttering against clear blue skies. But nothing quite prepared me for the Terai. Around 120 km west of the capital Kathmandu, this is a hazy, sweltering, lowland plain, where daytime temperatures hover around 45 degrees Celsius, with little respite after dark. With the sweat pouringRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Climate Change

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