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Science to Cultivate Change

Paula Paz, from CIAT's Decision and Policy Analysis (DAPA) and Agroecosystems and Sustainable Landscapes (ASL) research areas, has worked for two years with governments in Latin America to increase the adoption of Terra-i, a tool for monitoring changes in plant cover that was developed by CIAT researchers and colleagues.
Author: Sylvia Pineda
Posted: March 20, 2019, 9:15 pm
Colombia has set ambitious targets to mitigate climate change and achieve stability. One promising approach to help achieve those simultaneously is designing and promoting sustainable land use systems that incorporate the views of all the stakeholders in the value chain.
Author: Maria Eliza Villarino
Posted: March 12, 2019, 10:52 pm
This webinar is intended to kick-start this new debate by walking participants through three of the most exciting/groundbreaking CGIAR initiatives. Guest speakers from CIMMYT, ICRISAT and IRRI will present and discuss how they are engaging with digital extension and share their perspectives and lessons learned for this emerging sector.
Author: Maria Camila Gomez
Posted: March 11, 2019, 11:12 pm
By 2040, rainfall on wheat, soybean, rice and maize will have changed, even if Paris Agreement emissions targets are met. Projections show parts of Europe, Africa, the Americas and Australia will be drier, while the tropics and north will be wetter.
Author: CIAT Comunicaciones
Posted: March 11, 2019, 10:43 pm
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) today announced a five-year project that will use satellite imagery to address environment and development challenges across the Amazon Basin.
Author: CIAT Comunicaciones
Posted: March 8, 2019, 9:57 pm
María, who started her career as a Research Assistant at the Latin American Fund for Irrigated Rice (FLAR, its Spanish initials) and is currently a member of the Phenotyping Platform team at CIAT, developed a method to establish different stages of infection in plants, and thus meet the increasing challenge faced by producers, caused by an outbreak of the Rice Hoja Blanca Virus (RHBV) that has been observed in recent years in rice plantations from different countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.
Author: Sylvia Pineda
Posted: March 6, 2019, 6:27 pm
We interviewed our gender specialists Marlène Elias (M.E.) of Bioversity and Jennifer Twyman (J.T.) of CIAT, who advocate for gender equality and women’s empowerment, particularly in different spheres of agriculture and NRM. They both agree that the role of women is key to achieving game-changing benefits in society and meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Author: Sylvia Pineda
Posted: March 6, 2019, 12:01 am
Experts in tropical forages meet in Konigstein, Germany to discuss, test functions and design the new Tropical Forages Selection Tool v.2 on a revamped website page and new mobile app.
Author: Sylvia Pineda
Posted: February 21, 2019, 6:42 pm
Join us in celebrating the International Day of Women and Girls in Science! On this occasion Bioversity International and CIAT feature some of our very own women scientists working to promote and safeguard agrobiodiversity, and improve food systems.
Author: Sylvia Pineda
Posted: February 12, 2019, 11:54 pm
More than 300 actors, including technicians and decision makers from six departments in western Honduras (Copán, Intibucá, Lempira, La Paz, Ocotepeque, and Santa Bárbara), have benefited from the Honduras Water platform [Agua de Honduras], co-developed by CIAT’s Agroecosystems and Sustainable Landscapes (ASL) and Decision and Policy Analysis (DAPA) research areas.
Author: Sylvia Pineda
Posted: February 12, 2019, 6:34 pm
The major challenge for the cocoa sector remains how to coordinate better, change incentive structures in commercial and political relationships rapidly and at sufficient scale to get in front of the projected impacts from climate change. Without successful collective action, the widespread establishment of resilient cocoa systems able to thrive under future climates remains doubtful.
Author: Christian Bunn
Posted: February 11, 2019, 6:21 pm
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) authors will meet in Cali, Colombia, on 11-15 February 2019 to make final preparations for the special report on Climate Change and Land to be released later this year.
Author: CIAT Comunicaciones
Posted: February 7, 2019, 11:31 pm
During a series of webinars on climate change and agriculture, a global team of scientific experts will discuss tools journalists can use to help better convey how climate change and agriculture are intricately linked.
Author: CIAT Comunicaciones
Posted: February 6, 2019, 5:42 pm
When cow urine falls on degraded land, it releases far more nitrous oxide – a potent greenhouse gas – than when absorbed by healthy pasture. The findings show additional benefits of landscape restoration and conservation.
Author: CIAT Comunicaciones
Posted: January 28, 2019, 11:28 pm
Over the last six months, a team of researchers from CIAT’s Sustainable Food Systems initiative has worked intensively with IFAD to improve the impact of rural development projects in five countries in Asia and Africa.
Author: CIAT Comunicaciones
Posted: January 22, 2019, 11:41 pm
Our project is designed to supplement and accelerate breeding by exploiting wide biodiversity and the latest cost-efficient, genomic technologies, leading via improvements in forage grasses, to increased food security, reduction of rural poverty, and efficient, sustainable use of land as pasture.
Author: José Luis Urrea
Posted: January 18, 2019, 6:12 pm
CIAT scientist Birthe Paul listening to farmers explaining their experience with GMCCsWhat 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.
Author: CIAT Comunicaciones
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.
Author: José Luis Urrea
Posted: December 20, 2018, 11:00 pm
Kick of CLEANED meeting in Kigali RwandaA 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.
Author: José Luis Urrea
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.
Author: Sean Mattson
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.
Author: CIAT Comunicaciones
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.
Author: Sylvain Delerce
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.
Author: CIAT Comunicaciones
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.
Author: Sean Mattson
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.
Author: Sean Mattson
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.
Author: CIAT Comunicaciones
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.
Author: CIAT Comunicaciones
Posted: November 27, 2018, 10:56 pm
‘Adaptive Social Protection’ (ASP) came from a realization that social protection, disaster risk reduction, and climate change adaptation were three communities of practice linked by the same fundamental objective of reducing vulnerability and building resilience.
Author: CIAT Comunicaciones
Posted: November 27, 2018, 10:31 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.
Author: Sean Mattson
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.
Author: CIAT Comunicaciones
Posted: November 21, 2018, 4:59 pm
  • Precooked beans set to reach more households in Africa

    When the first phase of Cultivate Africa’s Future (CultiAF) project came to an end in 2016, it was clear that a larger scale production and dissemination plan was needed in the next phase. This plan will ensure more households in Africa can access precooked beans which are easier to handle.

  • Beans boosting nutrition and keeping Kenyan students in school

    Bean production initiative at Mwireri Secondary School started in 2017 with a small demonstration to assess the suitability of two varieties for the area. From the success observed, the school has now taken up bean production as one of its self-sustaining enterprises. The school currently grows beans on one-acre piece

  • Sustainable economic, food and nutrition for a better Africa.

    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

  • Improved high-iron and zinc bean varieties for better nutrition

    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