Cassava and CGIAR prominent in Bill Gates’ call for more agricultural innovation

25 January, 2012 by (comments)

Great to see cassava featuring prominently in this year’s annual open letter from Bill Gates, on behalf of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Cassava, a crucial smallholder crop is often eclipsed in international research by the big staples like rice, wheat and maize – but it’s a CIAT priority crop. Up to one billion people, mostly in sub-SaharanRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en

In case you missed it (Part 4) – the launch of Climate Analogues

18 January, 2012 by (comments)

If you ever wanted a glimpse of how climate change could affect agriculture by as early as 2030, now’s your chance. The Climate Analogues online tool, developed by scientists at CIAT, the CGIAR’s research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), and two UK universities, shows how the climate – and therefore the optimal areas for theRead More …

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Cassava’s new dawn: 5,000 genotypes to be sequenced

16 December, 2011 by (comments)

Cassava is already one of the most important food crops in Africa, and probably the most important smallholder industrial crop in SE Asia. But a new project announced by CIAT and BGI to sequence no fewer than 5,000 cassava genotypes could unlock some of the crop’s as-yet undiscovered secrets, helping agricultural scientists find new cassava markets, and rise toRead More …

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See climate change research – as it happens

3 October, 2011 by (comments)

Don’t let the name frighten you. The Adaptation and Mitigation Knowledge Network (AMKN) is an innovative and user-friendly way of sharing ongoing climate change research. The polysyllabic web tool, launched today, allows users to zoom-in on a world map, and pinpoint specific areas of interest to CCAFS – the CGIAR-wide program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security. EmbeddedRead More …

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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

CIAT in two-part Voice of America feature

6 October, 2010 by (comments)

CIAT’s work to predict the possible impact of climate change on agriculture and food security features in a two-part documentary produced by US broadcaster Voice of America. In the documentary, Andy Jarvis, head of the Center’s Decision and Policy Analysis (DAPA) program, explains that climate change is likely to change the geography of agriculture, and calls for more researchRead More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media, Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

New audio slideshow – Carlos Pérez del Castillo on CGIAR reform

7 May, 2010 by (comments)

CIAT’s Annual Program Review is well underway, and following yesterday’s keynote addresses, we caught up with Carlos Pérez del Castillo, Chairman of the CGIAR Consortium Board, who is now in charge of the CGIAR reform process. These reforms are to ensure the CGIAR is as effective as possible in finding sustainable scientific solutions to hunger. This 2-minute audio slideshowRead More …

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