Time to break free from the ‘yield gap trap’

19 May, 2014 by (comments)

When we see a gap, be it physically in front of us or figuratively speaking, we are compelled to find a way to mind it, to fill it, to close it. When we talk about the yield gap – the difference between actual crop yields and those potentially attainable in a given region – in the agricultural research andRead More …

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Filed Under: Soils, Soils website

Why soil facts are key to cassava production in Southeast Asia

1 November, 2013 by (comments)

By Tin Maung Aye, Keith Fahrney, Adrian Bolliger and Rod Lefroy This post originally appeared on the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) blog as part of a month-long focus on Restoring soils and landscapes. Rumour has it that planting cassava is inherently bad for the soil. The crop is capable of widespread soil erosion, damagingRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Soils, Soils website

War for food, war for space – the future for Central Africa?

25 October, 2011 by (comments)

When you fly into the Rwandan capital Kigali, one thing is abundantly clear: land is in short supply. Is seems as though every inch of this hilly country is under cultivation. So it is with some justification that some experts are concerned that Rwanda and neighbouring Burundi could be the epicentre of a population time-bomb. Small and landlocked, withRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Agro-ecology and Economics @en, Regions

CIAT’s work on drought tolerance and aluminium toxicity featured in New Agriculturist

7 March, 2011 by (comments)

CIAT’s work to improve the performance of essential smallholder crops under conditions of drought and acid soil is featured today in the online development magazine New Agriculturist. Click to read more. The article focuses on the center’s work to tackle the problem of aluminium toxicity, which causes root stunting and, during drought, prevents crops from accessing residual water deepRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en, CIAT in the media, Crops @en, Tropical Forages

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

Quesungual, Cambio Andino and cassava breakthrough featured in New Agriculturist

19 November, 2009 by (comments)

CIAT once again features in the latest edition of the online development magazine New Agriculturist. CIAT’s visiting researcher Aracely Castro talks about the importance of the Quesungual Slash and Mulch Agroforestry System (QSMAS) in the article Ancient lesson in agroforestry – slash but don’t burn. The traditional, eco-efficient system, from Honduras, recently received wide acclaim as a model forRead More …

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