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Science to Cultivate Change

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: July 18, 2018, 9:56 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
Guy says goodbye to CIAT and goes to CIRAD for one more year to complete the time he needs for retirement. Learn a little more about his history and find out why this man has the will of a flint. Thanks Guy!
Author: Erika Eliana Mosquera
Posted: June 26, 2018, 7:27 pm
Three years have passed since the implementation of this Program, so it was time to get feedback on this Program from the participants and leaders who have sent and received participating staff. For this reason, a survey was conducted among this group of people involved. Here is a summary of the results obtained.
Author: José Antonio Arana
Posted: June 15, 2018, 6:06 pm
Hugo Andres Dorado Betancourt and Daniel Jimenez of the CIAT data team explain the importance of data cleaning to develop models that can predict the future, such as yields.
Author: Maria Eliza Villarino
Posted: June 5, 2018, 6:14 pm
In the continuing journey to identify what makes smallholder farming systems in the Mekong sustainable and resilient, the Hands and Minds project finds out a number of things: (1) livestock intensification could be done in a way that could both increase profitability and reduce labor demands; (2) smallholders could be farming increasingly infertile soils, and this can be reversed by adopting management practices that efficiently manage nutrients from various sources in the farm; (3) the interaction between farmer and extension worker is crucial in enabling farmers adopt eco-resilient practices.
Author: Madelline Romero
Posted: May 28, 2018, 11:28 pm
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
BioTerra es un sistema innovador de monitoreo de la biodiversidad y sus amenazas desarrollado por el Programa Riqueza Natural de la Agencia de los Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional (USAID), y sus socios locales—el Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT) y el Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humboldt—para apoyar al gobierno colombiano en el cumplimiento de las metas y compromisos de conservación de la biodiversidad. Este sistema busca complementar y aunar esfuerzos existentes de monitoreo de la biodiversidad y sus amenazas, a nivel nacional y regional.
Author: Karolina Argote
Posted: May 17, 2018, 12:00 am
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