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Science to Cultivate Change

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.
Author: Maria Fernanda Mejia
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.
Author: CIAT Comunicaciones
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.
Author: Maria Fernanda Mejia
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.
Author: Sylvia Pineda
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.
Author: Sylvia Pineda
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.
Author: Erika Eliana Mosquera
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.
Author: José Antonio Arana
Posted: October 22, 2018, 9:10 pm
Author: CIAT Comunicaciones
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.
Author: CIAT Comunicaciones
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.
Author: Sean Mattson
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.
Author: Sylvia Pineda
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.
Author: Deissy Martinez Baron
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.
Author: Maria Fernanda Mejia
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.
Author: CIAT Comunicaciones
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.
Author: José Luis Urrea
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.
Author: Sylvia Pineda
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.
Author: Le Pham
Posted: September 27, 2018, 11:17 pm
Researchers from CIAT, University of Glasgow, University of Bristol, University of Antioquia, and the University of Cauca spent four days at Patía in Cauca developing co-designed work-flows for acquiring, processing and analysis of multi-dimensional remote sensing data in five farms.
Author: Sylvia Pineda
Posted: September 25, 2018, 5:26 pm
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
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
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    The Pan African Bean Research Alliance (PABRA), is a consortium of three regional bean research networks; East & Central Africa Bean Research Network (ECABREN), West Africa Bean Research Network (WECABREN) and Southern Africa Bean Research Network (SABRN) covering about 30 countries in Africa. SABRN held its 38th steering committee meeting

  • Super Flour to boost nutrition in Uganda

    Nutreal Ltd together with the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) Legumes Programme launched a nutrient dense porridge targeting low income communities. The launch was graced by International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), Makerere University, Ministry of Health, media fraternity and community members from Bwaise

  • Sensitization on Gender-responsive nutrition in rural Uganda: A community approach

    By Eileen Bogweh Nchanji and Grace Nanyonjo ‘Tell me, and I forget. Teach me, and I remember. Involve me, and I learn.’ Women empowerment is cited as one of the pathways through which agriculture can improve nutrition. In most African countries, women are the main decision makers on what is

  • Beans on a spoon

    Technologies for Agricultural Transformation in High Iron Bean in Africa

    We recently kicked off inception meetings in eight target countries for Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) Programme. TAAT is a flagship programme funded by the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) as part of the bank’s Feed Africa Strategy. The focus of the TAAT programme is to build capacities and mechanisms

  • Digital Innovation: The way forward for women smallholder bean farmers

    Beans are grown by millions of farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa many of whom are women. They are grown mainly for consumption and only sold when the quantity is in excess. Today, beans are popular trade commodities in local, regional and international markets. The bean boom is as a result of

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    Two bean varieties were recently launched in Arusha, Tanzania. These high iron and zinc climbing varieties of beans scientifically known as MAC44 – Selian 14 and RWV1129 -Selian 15 were released by the Selian Agriculture Research Institute (SARI) for the first time. Tanzania joins other countries in the region such

  • Women drink like our fathers and do not cook like our mothers: deconstructing leisure activities in rural-urban Kenya

    By Eileen Nchanji Being in Kenya for barely three months, I was still grasping with the different ways in which gender plays out in the office and country I will soon call home. To this end, I talked with uber, taxify and little cab drivers on my way to and

  • The Kenya Academic Year of the Bean

    On a Thursday afternoon, a group of 38 students of Mwireri Secondary School, Mweiga Nyeri are busy in school farm with their agriculture and head teacher, Mr. George Murage, inspecting the individual students bean plots. These are form four students monitoring the germination of the bean seed planted a week

  • How to empower, not to dis-empower

    By Eileen Nchanji Gender equality is a buzzword not only tied to the agricultural and development sector but also in the entertainment and business sectors, where interest on gender pay gaps are highly contested. Achieving gender equality calls for gender considerations in all activities and stages of planning and implementation.

  • Creating a revolution in bean production in Mwireri, Nyeri

    One evening in October 2017 as a discussion over a cup of tea in a restaurant in Nairobi, Yosam Mugarura, and Mr. Nahashon Kariuki, the Chair of Board of Management (BOM) of the school had just met and were getting to know each other and their professions. Yosam is Head