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Science to Cultivate Change

Last April, a BMS (Breeding Management System) workshop was held, as a joint effort among Cécile Grenier (researcher at CIAT’s Rice Program), representatives from the Integrated Breeding Platform (IBP), and CIAT’s Data and Research Methods team.
Author: Sylvia Pineda
Posted: May 22, 2018, 4:33 pm
Last April, the Soils and Landscapes for Sustainability Research Area at CIAT, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota (UMN) and the National University of Colombia at Palmira, held a training course entitled “Soil Ecology: Methodologies for the Assessment of Agroecosystems”.
Author: Sylvia Pineda
Posted: May 16, 2018, 10:19 pm
Evan Girvetz, who has been leading CIAT's climate-smart profiling project, talks about the biggest takeaways from and the future of the initiative.
Author: Maria Eliza Villarino
Posted: May 16, 2018, 4:23 pm
CATAS and CIAT Asia researchers held a 3-day joint workshop in April to prioritize key research areas, co-develop project concepts, and identify target funding sources. In the end, the new CATAS-CIAT cooperation portfolio came to include proposed projects on: 1) tropical crops such as cassava, forages, coffee, and tropical fruits; 2) sustainable farming systems including the role of microorganisms in enhancing productivity; 3) data-driven agronomy for sustainable agri-food systems; and 4) understanding consumer preferences for quality-traits to guide crop improvement and product development for tropical fruits.
Author: Madelline Romero
Posted: May 15, 2018, 6:10 pm
CIAT and FLAR are collaborating to breed more rice varieties that are highly resistant to a virus that can cause up to 70 percent yield loss.
Author: Maria Eliza Villarino
Posted: May 15, 2018, 4:17 pm
At the Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Summit, CIAT is rolling out climate-smart agriculture (CSA) profiles for four additional African countries. This brings the total CSA country profiles focused on Africa to 11.
Author: Maria Eliza Villarino
Posted: May 9, 2018, 6:37 pm
CIAT’s team took part this year in the Syngenta Crop Challenge in analytics. After intense work in preparing our submission, we couldn’t lower the error of our model anymore. But when the team submitted its proposal to the Challenge, back in March this year, we did not really know what to expect from it, as we had no idea of the real potential of those datasets we worked on...
Author: Sylvain Delerce
Posted: May 9, 2018, 5:20 pm
Wednesday, 23 May, between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 m. (Colombian time), you will have a chance to join experts and take a close look at the rise of agritech and how green technology can enable more earth-friendly agriculture.
Author: Adriana Varón
Posted: May 9, 2018, 4:28 pm
We invite you to join The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in an unprecedented effort to collectively map agricultural expansion and land degradation in the Latin American region through an expert survey based on the input of many and diverse professionals, including you.
Author: Glenn Hyman
Posted: May 7, 2018, 10:13 pm
At an event held on 27 March 2018 at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the recently developed Ethiopia Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) Country Profile was officially shared with national stakeholders and partners.
Author: Sebastian Grey
Posted: May 2, 2018, 7:06 pm
Dr. Hernán Ceballos, a plant breeder at CIAT’s Cassava Program, and Alfred Dixon, IITA Director of the Development and Delivery Office, will receive the Golden Cassava Prize at the triennial Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century (GCP21) meeting to be held in Benin from 11 to 15 June.
Author: Sylvia Pineda
Posted: April 27, 2018, 9:56 pm
Gloria Rengifo has led CIAT's Finance and Administration area for three years now, but her story within the Center begins 15 years back as an administrative assistant. I talked to her some days ago to get acquainted with her journey at CIAT, the operations in her area, and the forthcoming and future challenges facing her working team.
Author: Sylvia Pineda
Posted: April 25, 2018, 5:46 pm
Officially unveiled today, our annual report, “Building a Sustainable Food Future: CIAT in Review 2017-2018,” features our primary actions and achievements over the past year. In addition to highlighting many of the pioneering efforts we have launched, the report examines future directions for years to come.
Author: Ruben G. Echeverría
Posted: April 16, 2018, 1:53 am
Dr. Michael Gomez Selvaraj and his colleagues at the CIAT Phenomics Platform are developing a technique that can identify the genes and factors that cause early bulking of roots, which can help establish how to shorten the growth cycle of cassava.
Author: Maria Eliza Villarino
Posted: April 5, 2018, 6:09 pm
The panel of experts for the 2018 Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics considers the entry of the CIAT data analytics team as among the five best.
Author: Maria Eliza Villarino
Posted: April 4, 2018, 4:24 pm
Since the start of 2018, CIAT has been posting opinion pieces or op-eds on Medium. As of this writing, nearly a dozen op-eds are on there. A few of you have asked me why we’ve decided to use Medium to publish op-eds from our scientists and experts. Here’s why. Reason # 1. Influencers live on […]
Author: Maria Eliza Villarino
Posted: March 26, 2018, 10:09 pm
In a paper, Jonathan Mockshell proposes a new sustainable agriculture concept that harnesses the similarities of agroecological and sustainable agricultural intensification.
Author: Maria Eliza Villarino
Posted: March 23, 2018, 12:58 am
Due to fluctuating weather patterns and climate variability, Honduran farmers need climate tools that will help project future seasonal patterns.
Author: Ángela María Morales
Posted: March 22, 2018, 11:47 pm
Farmer carrying sack of coffee beans. Photo credit: Neil Palmer (CIAT)Farmer carrying sack of coffee beans. Photo credit: Neil Palmer (CIAT) The op-ed was originally posted on Medium. No matter what some may say about the private sector, one thing that is true is that when it commits to a cause, it can move mountains. Addressing climate change is one such cause, especially for companies that market […]
Author: Tiffany Talsma
Posted: March 21, 2018, 10:58 pm
Our lead Africa nutrition expert Mercy Lungaho talks about how big data and artificial intelligence can finally put a stop to food security crises in the only region in the world where malnutrition remains on the rise.
Author: Mercy Lungaho
Posted: March 20, 2018, 11:44 pm
Vietnam is one of the priority countries for research of the CGIAR Reserch Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH). As the country continues its transformation – from an impoverished, agrarian society into an urban-centered, low middle-income economy – so does the Vietnamese diet. A4NH researchers are trying to find ways to help ensure that the dietary shift and changes lean towards nutritious, safe, and affordable, for the food consumers and producers alike. The Nghia Tan market is a place that can offer important insights as to why the Vietnamese eat as they do, which could also help explain the incidence rates in certain diseases among the Vietnamese population.
Author: Madelline Romero
Posted: March 20, 2018, 6:46 pm
Answering those questions would require further research, according to private, public and civil society leaders attending a recently held seminar by the CIAT-Africa office.
Author: Maria Eliza Villarino
Posted: March 20, 2018, 6:44 pm
At a session facilitated by CIAT at the FAO-organized Asia Pacific conference on strengthening resilient food and agriculture systems, participants emphasized the need for coherence in policies and investments across institutions, in order to effect a coordinated response towards reducing risk and strengthening resilience of crops against increasing frequency and severity of natural hazards.
Author: Madelline Romero
Posted: March 20, 2018, 6:09 pm
CIAT, in collaboration with Rothamsted Research, are looking for mechanisms to measure soil quality in a simple way and at a lower cost, so that they can be used by farmers themselves to evaluate the effect of different varieties of tropical forages and their management on the health of your own soil.
Author: José Luis Urrea
Posted: March 16, 2018, 7:36 pm
A proposed global surveillance system will consolidate best practices in preventing crop diseases.
Author: Maria Eliza Villarino
Posted: March 16, 2018, 6:14 pm
In an op-ed published on Devex, Augusto Castro-Nuñez, Marcela Quintero, Matthias Jäger and Mark Lundy propose an approach that goes beyond transforming supply chains to achieve zero deforestation and low-carbon development.
Author: Augusto Castro
Posted: March 9, 2018, 4:08 pm
For International Women’s Day, CIAT presents a series of opinion pieces where some of its female researchers share their views and stories about how they are empowering women and men in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Author: Maria Eliza Villarino
Posted: March 8, 2018, 2:00 pm
On Open Day DAy 2018, Chief Data Officer Leroy Mwanzia says that to create big data, we first need to have open data. And this data needs to be reusable.
Author: Leroy Mwanzia
Posted: March 1, 2018, 3:34 pm
The main objective of the Sustainable Amazonian Landscapes project (SAL) is to provide national environmental authorities and local farmers in Colombia and Peru science-based evidence that improves their capacity to mitigate and adapt to climate change, while improving the environmental services and socioeconomic benefits for the farmers.
Author: Wilson Celemín
Posted: February 28, 2018, 10:47 pm
Daniel Jiménez argues that data science is about a collaboration among experts from various areas.
Author: Daniel Jimenez
Posted: February 28, 2018, 3:27 pm