“Rambo root” could beat climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa

27 February, 2012 by (comments)
Yuca Rambo

Cassava expected to “enjoy” climate change – could produce more food for millions of people A traditional root crop long neglected by modern science could be the best bet for farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa to beat climate change, according to a new study by a team of climate scientists. The research, published in a special edition of the scientificRead More …

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Filed Under: Crop diversity, Crops @en

Fields on Fire – tackling Punjab’s burning desire

22 November, 2011 by (comments)

At around 4pm, black wisps of burnt rice straw snow down on Sangrur. Late October and early November in Punjab, India, is the time when hundreds of thousands of rice farmers, having harvested their crop, rush to clear the land and prepare for the wheat season. This means lots of fires. Over a period of about a fortnight, moreRead 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

CIAT prepares for first ever annual review on African soil

4 May, 2011 by (comments)

CIAT launches its annual review meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, next week, with a keynote address from Dr. Namanga Ngongi, President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). The event, held for the first time on African soil – will see senior scientists from CIAT’s headquarters in Colombia, and regional office in Southeast Asia, join their colleaguesRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en

Africa experiences a series of “mini-Green Revolutions”

12 April, 2011 by (comments)

International conference to bring good news from the Great Lakes New eco-efficient farming practices have triggered a series of “mini-Green Revolutions” in the Great Lakes region of Africa, and will be the focus of a forthcoming international conference in Rwanda. The new techniques are based on so-called “sustainable intensification” —a concept recently championed by the UK’s chief scientific adviserRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Regions

Eco-efficiency preserves soil life, CIAT study confirms

16 February, 2011 by (comments)

New research from CIAT and the University of Western Australia has found that through the Quesungual Slash and Mulch Agroforestry System (QSMAS), soil health is maintained through the presence of soil-dwelling organisms. QSMAS is an eco-efficient farming system developed as an alternative to slash and burn agriculture. It involves a combination of post-harvest mulching, no tillage, and efficient fertilizers-useRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en

Voice of America reveals the secrets of CIAT “supergrass”

2 November, 2010 by (comments)

CIAT scientists feature in a new documentary about the environmental benefits of brachiaria, produced by US broadcaster Voice of America. Brachiaria – a nutritious forage grass – can drastically reduce the environmental impact of livestock production by inhibiting nitrification, the process by which soil nitrogen is converted into the potent greenhouse gas nitrous oxide. Continued research into brachiaria couldRead More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media, Crops @en, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions, Tropical Forages