The just-published journal article, On-farm diversity offsets environmental pressures in tropical agro-ecosystems: A synthetic review for cassava-based systems, concludes that intercropping cassava with maize, other crops belonging to the grass family, grain legumes, or trees, provides largely positive effects on various key ecosystem services, and can help strike a balance between farm-level productivity, crop resilience, and environmental health.
Posted: October 20, 2017, 10:10 pm
The Amazon Vision Program, an initiative of the Colombian government, with the support of the Governments of Norway, United Kingdom and Germany, seeks to promote a new model of development in the Amazon that will improve the living conditions of its inhabitants through productive alternatives that do not cause deforestation to the already battered forest.
Posted: October 19, 2017, 11:03 pm
The Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Country Profile (CP) initiative is a series of publications containing a brief yet comprehensive overview of the agricultural context and challenges in each country through a climate-smart agriculture lens, and provides a snapshot of the key issues, climate impacts, CSA practices, relevant policies, and financing opportunities for scaling up the […]
Posted: October 18, 2017, 9:21 am
At the Borlaug Dialogues Dr. Mercy Lung'aho talks about the importance of feeding our youth nutritious food for a more prosperous Africa.
Posted: October 18, 2017, 8:48 am
Women play an important role in rural agriculture. This International Day of Rural Women, we visit two farmers in Ethiopia who are transforming their rural livelihoods and making a difference in their communities.
Posted: October 14, 2017, 12:49 am
Making the annual gathering work for my CIAT colleagues has been one of my motivations for many years. The collaboration with Maya Rajasekharan, CIAT’s Head of research management on what we call the APR has been mostly fruitful. This year however, we made a splash. “This was the best APR ever” were the words that many chose to thank us.
Posted: October 13, 2017, 4:43 am
CIAT scientists are working to improve cassava, rice, and beans using revolutionary "molecular scissors." in a bid to not only boost yields but also address human consumption issues.
Posted: October 12, 2017, 5:30 pm
A CIAT and CCAFS project on climate services has been selected as one of the 2017 Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activities.
Posted: October 12, 2017, 3:29 pm
The first national theoretical-practical DNA barcoding workshop was carried out at CIAT with the objective of training researchers in the processing and analysis of biological samples in the Center’s molecular genetics and tissue culture laboratory. A total of 30 participants were in attendance, from 19 to 22 September, establishing research networks for preparing joint work projects.
Posted: October 11, 2017, 9:33 pm
Agricultural scientists around the world need to share more data – it can save time, money and accelerate the pace of innovation
Posted: October 10, 2017, 9:53 pm
A consortium, including CIAT, is one step closer to reaching Ghana’s 800,000 cocoa producers to prevent what could be a threatening scenario for the industry in the coming decades.
Posted: October 9, 2017, 4:15 pm
Posted: October 6, 2017, 6:17 pm
Dr. Julian Ramirez-Villegas, a Climate Impacts Scientist, discusses in-depth about a groundbreaking approach that can enable farmers to thrive in a changing climate.
Posted: October 5, 2017, 11:23 pm
Dr. Augusto Castro and his research partners propose a model that sheds light on what may cause deforestation in Colombia to continue following the 2016 peace accord.
Posted: October 5, 2017, 5:33 pm
Representatives from both public and private sectors lament that water-related challenges, including those that later affect the quality of coffee, are the biggest threats to Vietnam’s coffee industry, which fulfils approximately 40 percent of global Robusta demand. As if that weren’t bad enough, the industry is facing a new threat related to pests and diseases.
Posted: September 29, 2017, 6:01 pm
CIAT and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) have signed a three-year work plan, kicking off an expanded set of research and capacity building activities between the two organizations.
Posted: September 29, 2017, 5:36 pm
Drought, pests and disease on the rise hit harvests in Zimbabwe
Posted: September 29, 2017, 10:02 am
New research shows impressive productivity gains and use of improved bean varieties by farmers in Malawi.
Posted: September 29, 2017, 9:54 am
More than 300 farmers, companies, extension agents and media attended a field day at the Agriculture Seed Agency (ASA) seed farm at Ngaramtoni in Arusha, Tanzania, to raise awareness among smallholder farmer about the value of planting improved bean varieties. Facilitated by the Pan-Africa Research Alliance (PABRA), farmers visited the multiplication farm to see several […]
Posted: September 29, 2017, 9:10 am
The team of CIAT’s genetic transformation platform won first prize in the poster session that was carried out at the sixth congress of the Seed Association of the Americas (SAA) in Cartagena, Colombia, from 5 to 7 September.
Posted: September 26, 2017, 11:14 pm
A new roadmap outlining CIAT’s strategic vision for Africa 2017-2020 has been launched. The roadmap, online here, highlights the organization’s goal in the region: To promote more productive, profitable agriculture and healthier diets at no environmental cost by providing a scientific basis for development investments and policies. CIAT Director for Africa, Dr. Debisi Araba, said: […]
Posted: September 26, 2017, 4:56 pm
CIAT has been celebrating its 50 years all year long in 2017 through various activities that have brought together partners, donors, retired Center staff, and current work teams. Along with the office in Managua (Nicaragua) next week (click here to see the agenda), that will make three regional events (Hanoi and Nairobi previously) which have been held this year. Now is the time to announce the celebrations in its main headquarters in Cali, Colombia, on 8 and 9 November.
Posted: September 25, 2017, 5:28 pm
Some women in science are shattering the proverbial glass ceiling. The process, though, is slow and long.
Posted: September 19, 2017, 9:01 pm
The CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture is hosting its first annual congress, taking place in Cali, Colombia, 19 to 22 September 2017.
Posted: September 19, 2017, 12:26 am
Climate-smart farming practices are spreading to more communities in Northern Vietnam. A parallel action of engaging with people of authority, and working with communities, helps in dissemination.
Posted: September 19, 2017, 12:18 am
With new, clean technologies that use solar energy and thus reduce the carbon footprint, CIAT, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, is inaugurating solar panels this coming November.
Posted: September 14, 2017, 10:11 pm
By Debisi Araba, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)’s Director for Africa The game of football, or soccer, as fans would agree, has evolved greatly over the last few decades. Approaches are more technical and goals are harder to come by. With improved athleticism and stamina, success in a game of football is determined, not […]
Posted: September 14, 2017, 9:29 am
Ana Maria Loboguerrero Rodriguez, CCAFS Regional Program Leader for Latin America, explains what climate-smart villages are, and what makes them a unique model for improving the lives of smallholder farmers.
Posted: September 13, 2017, 4:49 pm
The second annual meeting of the cassava program was held at CIAT last Wednesday, 30 August. For the first time, the entire Cassava team from Asia and CIATHQ met here to learn how the research projects are advancing.
Posted: September 12, 2017, 9:17 pm
Climate change could reduce the suitability of lands for growing coffee in Latin America by as much as 88 percent by 2050, according to new research. Bees will take a hit too - but they could also be part of the solution
Posted: September 11, 2017, 9:29 pm