What goes around comes around! Green manure cover crops – or GMCCs, as we affectionately call them – have some history. The idea to grow plants that protect the soil and improve its fertility dates back some two to three decades at least, if not centuries.
Posted: December 20, 2018, 11:52 pm
The second CLEANED training occurred Nov. 21-23. Similar to the previous training in Rwanda, the participants were personnel from the livestock sectors, this time from Ethiopia and Kenya.
Posted: December 20, 2018, 11:00 pm
A training on the CLEANED tool was conducted in Rwanda to strengthen technical capacity for agriculture stakeholders and for them to use this tool for improved decision making in the agriculture development sector with a focus on livestock systems.
Posted: December 20, 2018, 10:40 pm
Countries have ambitious land-restoration goals, including Initiative 20x20, which aims to restore 20 million hectares in Latin America by 2020. CIAT’s Lou Verchot and colleagues are evaluating the progress in restoration across the region.
Posted: December 14, 2018, 10:17 pm
If you have a garden, you probably buy seeds from the store, or maybe even swap some varieties with your friends or relatives. Exchanging seed can be a very simple act. But how is it accomplished when billions of plants are involved, and exchanges take place at the national or international scale? A new publication asks this question for Southeast Asian cassava, the backbone of production for millions of smallholder farmers.
Posted: December 11, 2018, 5:01 pm
Last Friday 23rd of November, the CoP hosted the webinar called “Origin of asymmetry: a webinar on the need for standards in data-driven services for agriculture” tweaking the title of Muse’s famous album and in reference to the issue of asymmetry of information in the emerging market of digital services for agriculture. You can watch the recording of the webinar here.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 10:46 pm
The debate on agriculture in UN climate change negotiations is shifting from setting the agenda towards building consensus on an action plan. The Agriculture Advantage 2.0 event series at COP24 seeks to inform priorities for action.
Posted: December 7, 2018, 10:43 pm
Climate-smart agriculture boosts yields, mitigates extreme weather and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. A study in Central America, Africa and Asia points to profitable opportunities for farmers and the environment.
Posted: December 6, 2018, 4:00 am
Most comprehensive climate-smart agriculture study to date charts strengths, weaknesses and barriers to adoption in effort to unlock investment.
Posted: December 5, 2018, 6:06 pm
Juan Lucas Restrepo will become Bioversity International’s Director General in March 2019. In 2020, Restrepo will become CEO of the Alliance between Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture.
Posted: November 28, 2018, 3:58 pm
This new roadmap explains CIAT’s primary research themes: food systems, agroecosystems and landscapes and climate resilience for agriculture.
Posted: November 27, 2018, 10:56 pm
Urgent action is needed to protect thousands of useful wild plants, according to new research; the data strongly suggest international conservation targets for 2020 will not be met — even for ‘commonplace’ wild plants.
Posted: November 21, 2018, 10:27 pm
What is adaptive social protection? How does it differ from shock responsive social protection? Why does it matter? These were some of the questions we’ve been asked over the past three years while working with governments in the Sahel to help set up their adaptive social protection programmes.
Posted: November 21, 2018, 4:59 pm
It’s true: construction has started on “Seeds of the Future,” CIAT’s new germplasm bank, and last Friday, all the HQ staff received an invitation that promised to turn us into the “guardians of crop diversity.” The expectations were great and so was the attendance at the event. Kellogg auditorium was filled to capacity.
Posted: November 15, 2018, 11:14 pm
A total of 200 participants, 70 oral presentations, 170 scientific posters on display, two culinary demonstrations, more than a dozen specialized sessions, visits to laboratories and field trials from the cassava program at CIAT, a new president of the ISTRC, and a touching award ceremony. These are some of the figures that show how intense and productive were those four days of work in the 18th Triennial Symposium of the International Society for Tropical Root Crops (ISTRC), that was held from October 22 to 25 at CIAT’s headquarters.
Posted: November 14, 2018, 5:49 pm
This series of videos produced during the meeting held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on 18–20 September 2018, features these and other questions addressed by experts attending the meeting.
Posted: October 25, 2018, 11:52 pm
The theme for OA week this year is "Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge." It incidentally falls on the same year when the five-year transition period for the implementation of the CGIAR Open Access and Data Management policy comes to an end.The policy mandates for the broadest possible distribution of all our information products while allowing for needed exemptions and guaranteeing fundamental rights such as farmers and authorship rights.This policy was fully adopted by CIAT and guides our open access efforts with support from the Organize module of the CGIAR Big Data Platform.
Posted: October 24, 2018, 11:50 pm
Responding to the challenge of improving data collection and monitoring of tropical forages in Colombia, CIAT, in cooperation with the Universities of Glasgow, Bristol, Cauca, and Antioquia, developed working tools and methodologies for the collection, processing, and analysis of images.
Posted: October 23, 2018, 9:43 pm
Linking efforts for reducing forest-based emissions with those for delivering peace is possible. We are examining under what conditions that is possible.
Posted: October 23, 2018, 12:07 am
Elizabeth Campillo, CIAT information and documentation analyst, recently presented a bibliometric study of CIAT publications from 2012 to 2017. Between this period, a total of 928 articles were published in peer-reviewed journals, representing an average of 155 articles per year.
Posted: October 22, 2018, 9:10 pm
Posted: October 20, 2018, 1:48 am
The next agri-food revolution begins in Cali having the 18th Triennial Symposium of The International Society for Tropical Root Crops (ISTRC), which will be held from October 22 to 25 at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) headquarters, having as slogan and as guiding question: When, Where and How will Tropical Root and Tuber Crops Lead the Next Agri-Food Revolution.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 5:54 pm
A few years ago, Elena Patricia Ulloa and Jesús Velasco took a hard look at their small dairy farm and decided things needed to improve. So they got involved with their local farmers association, took on some debt to invest in their farm, and undertook a slow transformation of their tiny operation.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 10:33 pm
Last August, CIAT's Research Areas in Agroecosystems and Sustainable Landscapes and Agrobiodiversity organized a workshop to discuss and develop a work plan to summarize the instruments, methodologies, activities, and timeline of the project entitled “Geographical Information System Mapping for Optimized Cacao Production in Colombia,” under the Cacao for Peace (CfP) Initiative.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 7:59 pm
This discussion paper presents the main issues to be considered in an adaptation roadmap for agriculture, with a particular focus on developing countries.
Posted: October 16, 2018, 10:12 pm
She was born on the farm, grew up there, and today she is a prosperous tomato producer, but not just any tomato! It is an organic tomato produced in a sustainable way and adapted to the temperate climate of her region.
Posted: October 14, 2018, 6:02 am
The battle against hunger and malnutrition in Africa is heading in a positive direction, with impressive gains made across the continent in recent decades. But governments and the private sector still have many obstacles and opportunities to definitively bring an end to these issues that affect many millions of people. Ahead of World Food Day, which this year is promoting the goal of #ZeroHunger by 2030, experts from CIAT discussed some of the urgent actions needed to help attain this goal.
Posted: October 14, 2018, 5:24 am
CIAT and the Papalotla Group signed the agreement “Sustainable intensification for environmental benefits”. This agreement follows a long-term collaboration between both organizations, achieving a wide dissemination of hybrid pastures developed by CIAT and distributed by Papalotla, such as Cobra, Cayman, Camello, Mulato, and Mulato II.
Posted: October 4, 2018, 11:42 pm
CIAT, acting through its Agroecosystems and Sustainable Landscapes research area, joins Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Caritas Santa Ana, and PRISMA, in a landscape restoration project titled “RAÍCES” (Roots), with the aim of building awareness among farmers about the importance of looking after soils as a NON-renewable resource against advanced degradation processes, by helping them to better understand soil processes and dynamics.
Posted: October 2, 2018, 9:17 pm
CIAT and the National Institute of Nutrition of Vietnam (NIN) launched a collaborative Partial Food Systems Baseline Assessment at different sites in the country. The aim of the study is to elucidate specific components of local Vietnamese food systems along a rural to urban gradient, with a specific focus on (i) diets and nutrition, (ii) nutrition status (anthropometry), (iii) consumer behavior and (iv) food flows.
Posted: September 27, 2018, 11:17 pm