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Science to Cultivate Change

Hard choices will have to be made soon about the way we eat. Are we ready for the bitter bites?
Author: Erika Eliana Mosquera
Posted: September 18, 2018, 11:11 pm
The multi-composite, safe, nutritious, and affordable porridge flours aimed at diversifying diets of consumers have been launched in Kenya and Uganda.
Author: Natalia Gutiérrez
Posted: September 14, 2018, 2:33 am
With the support of Monitoring and Evaluation area (M&E), the SFS team joined together to review fundamental concepts and also the specific Impact Pathway for our program.
Author: Erika Eliana Mosquera
Posted: September 13, 2018, 10:22 pm
The second meeting of the Colombian Forage Network was held on 5–6 September 2018 at the Nataima Research Center located in Espinal, Tolima department, where advances made by the CIAT-Agrosavia project were showcased.
Author: Sylvia Pineda
Posted: September 10, 2018, 9:46 pm
Elise Talsma (Wageningen University) and Diana Carolina Lopera (CIAT), two members of the CIAT team awardee of one of IMMANA (Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Action) grants, took part in the 3rd Annual Agriculture, Nutrition & Health (ANH) Academy Week, in Accra, Ghana, from 25 to 29 June 2018.
Author: Maria Fernanda Mejia
Posted: September 6, 2018, 5:41 pm
The Tropical Forages Program Staff participated in a retreat to ask ourselves Quo Vadis? – or, Where are you going? – to get a good understanding of who we are, what we are doing and what we are going to do as a team in the internal and external environment.
Author: José Luis Urrea
Posted: August 30, 2018, 6:27 pm
Elise Talsma (Wageningen University) and Diana Carolina Lopera (CIAT), two members of the CIAT team awardee of one of IMMANA (Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Action) grants, took part in the 3rd Annual Agriculture, Nutrition & Health (ANH) Academy Week, in Accra, Ghana.
Author: Diana Carolina Lopera
Posted: August 28, 2018, 6:35 pm
Resilience is a concept that is being applied to many different domains, from infrastructure’s response to extreme events to a child facing domestic violence. “Is there a common unit of resilience, relevant to all those different cases?” was the question behind a study recently published in the journal Earth’s Future.
Author: CIAT Comunicaciones
Posted: August 23, 2018, 4:25 pm
In the five years that have passed since CIAT’s current strategy (2014–2020)1 was prepared, we have embraced new initiatives such as sustainable food systems, big data, and land restoration. We have also incorporated into our agenda the mandates of the UN Sustainable Development Goals2 and the Paris Agreement on climate change while maintaining our focus on impact at global, regional, national, and subnational levels.
Author: CIAT Comunicaciones
Posted: August 22, 2018, 7:31 pm
CIAT and CCAFS update the Data Management Support, providing users with relevant resources, fast.
Author: Leroy Mwanzia
Posted: August 22, 2018, 5:53 pm
To respond to the overriding challenge of increasing the adaptation capacity of the Guatemalan agricultural sector to climate variability, CIAT, in cooperation with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and Bioversity International, implemented the Agro-climate Services and Food Security Information Project for better decision making (AgroClimas) to manage local climate information.
Author: Sylvia Pineda
Posted: August 15, 2018, 9:44 pm
This analysis will be one of the very first one of this kind conducted at the global level. The results will potentially have huge implications for policy and decision-makers at both national and international levels.
Author: Erika Eliana Mosquera
Posted: August 3, 2018, 3:00 am
Julio Mario Fernández, who has just reached two months in his position as CIAT head of Communications, has a 19 years’ experience as communications director in international organizations, and another ten years as a book editor and audiovisual producer.
Author: Sylvia Pineda
Posted: August 1, 2018, 11:59 pm
CIAT is working closely with the University of Florida and is implementing a research project on intra-household (or domestic) nutritional decision-making dynamics in rural households in Guatemala, as part of an IMMANA Grant funded by UK Aid.
Author: Diana Carolina Lopera
Posted: August 1, 2018, 11:40 pm
CIAT Information Management Services team provided support for PABRA to create and complete the PABRA community of information resources on CGSpace. The joint effort made it possible for the PABRA community to increase on CGSPACE by 49% in 2018, from 216 to 321 documents available in full text.
Author: José Antonio Arana
Posted: July 31, 2018, 10:07 pm
A mobile phone application that receives data from farmers is being piloted in Vietnam. Data coming from each farm will be entered as a quick response – QR – product code, which can relay to consumers, at point-of-sale, some information regarding the product’s environmental footprint. It's a win-win-win situation: consumers get full product traceability, farmers receive agronomic advice based on what they enter into the app, and researchers obtain access to important data which can help them develop insights that can inform policy and decisionmaking.
Author: Madelline Romero
Posted: July 27, 2018, 10:56 pm
The Food and Agriculture Organization and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) formally launched an Asia-Pacific partnership workplan at a forum hosted by FAO’s Regional Office in Bangkok on July 12th. Through this partnership, FAO and CIAT envision to contribute to Asia-Pacific countries’ achievement of SDGs including those for: zero hunger (SDG 2), clean water and sanitation (SDG 6), sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11), climate action (SDG 13), and life on land (SDG 15).
Author: Madelline Romero
Posted: July 27, 2018, 10:01 pm
With the aim of measuring greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in real time, CIAT carried out the first training in the Eddy Covariance system under the project “Ecological Productivity Management Information System in Colombia (EcoProMIS)”.
Author: Sylvia Pineda
Posted: July 27, 2018, 4:00 pm
The 54th Annual Meeting of the Caribbean Food Crops Society, organized by the Caribbean Food Crops Society in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture of Belize, was held in Belize City.
Author: Sylvia Pineda
Posted: July 25, 2018, 7:17 pm
Promotion of good productive practices through sustainable incentives and strengthening of green business models in two Conservation Corridors of the USAID Natural Wealth Program in the dry tropical forest.
Author: Erika Eliana Mosquera
Posted: July 17, 2018, 11:08 pm
Author: Sylvia Nyawira
Posted: July 16, 2018, 6:03 pm
Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) officially renewed this week their scientific cooperation in agriculture and rural development, in a signing ceremony held at the Ministry’s national headquarters in Hanoi. The MOU marks the expansion of the MARD-CIAT collaborative agenda that will now seek to: increase crop and livestock productivity, improve quality of food and nutrition among Vietnamese food producers and consumers, improve management of the country’s natural resources, and to strengthen resilience of Vietnamese farmers, including against climate-induced natural disasters.
Author: Madelline Romero
Posted: July 14, 2018, 12:02 am
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), from the UK Research and Innovation initiative, it’s working with CIAT and three UK Universities in two projects to improve pasture management and cut greenhouse gases (GHG) from cattle, in partnership.
Author: José Luis Urrea
Posted: July 12, 2018, 9:57 pm
How do you measure public-private partnership schemes’ impacts to the society and environment? To answer this question, researchers from CIAT and the CGIAR Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS) Research Program used the social return on investment (SROI) analysis, an appraisal and evaluation methodology that captures financial, social and environmental outcomes by using indicators and proxies to go beyond the standard financial measurement.
Author: Madelline Romero
Posted: July 11, 2018, 5:05 pm
Recently, The Africa CSA summit in Nairobi, Kenya, was organized by the Aid & International Development Forum. The event brought together thought leaders at non-governmental organizations, government agencies, research institutes, private sector, and agricultural associations to discuss and share best practices, innovations, and success stories across the Africa region.
Author: Sylvia Pineda
Posted: July 10, 2018, 5:37 pm
Elizabeth Álvarez is an Agricultural Engineer from the National University of Colombia, Palmira campus. She started her scientific activities at CIAT in 1980, where she always stood out for her relentless scientific curiosity. This is the reason why, as the working stage in her life came to an end a few months ago, some of her colleagues from the Cassava Program have stated that she has left a great void.
Author: Sylvia Pineda
Posted: July 6, 2018, 4:07 pm
Nguyen Thi Hoan, a farmer in Vietnam, reaps the rewards of improved sweetpotato farming practices.
Author: Madelline Romero
Posted: June 29, 2018, 5:37 pm
CIAT and several Colombian and U.K.-based organizations are partnering to develop a platform that will allow rice and palm growers in Colombia to have thriving livelihoods without harming the environment.
Author: Maria Eliza Villarino
Posted: June 27, 2018, 10:44 pm
The Global Cassava Partnerships for the 21st Century (GCP21) has called for urgent regional approach to halt the spread of cassava mosaic disease (CMD) that is threatening cassava production in Southeast Asia—a region that accounts for about 55 million tons of cassava and host billions of dollars in cassava investment. The GCP21 is rallying stakeholders in Southeast Asia to come together to address the challenge posed by CMD. A regional meeting will soon be held with a view to developing a detailed plan of action and collaboration on interventions needed, in order to prevent the disease from negatively impacting the vibrant cassava industry in the region.
Author: Madelline Romero
Posted: June 27, 2018, 4:22 pm