Science to Cultivate Change

CIAT, in collaboration with Rothamsted Research, are looking for mechanisms to measure soil quality in a simple way and at a lower cost, so that they can be used by farmers themselves to evaluate the effect of different varieties of tropical forages and their management on the health of your own soil.
Author: José Luis Urrea
Posted: March 16, 2018, 7:36 pm
A proposed global surveillance system will consolidate best practices in preventing crop diseases.
Author: Maria Eliza Villarino
Posted: March 16, 2018, 6:14 pm
In an op-ed published on Devex, Augusto Castro-Nuñez, Marcela Quintero, Matthias Jäger and Mark Lundy propose an approach that goes beyond transforming supply chains to achieve zero deforestation and low-carbon development.
Author: Augusto Castro
Posted: March 9, 2018, 4:08 pm
For International Women’s Day, CIAT presents a series of opinion pieces where some of its female researchers share their views and stories about how they are empowering women and men in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Author: Maria Eliza Villarino
Posted: March 8, 2018, 2:00 pm
On Open Day DAy 2018, Chief Data Officer Leroy Mwanzia says that to create big data, we first need to have open data. And this data needs to be reusable.
Author: Leroy Mwanzia
Posted: March 1, 2018, 3:34 pm
The main objective of the Sustainable Amazonian Landscapes project (SAL) is to provide national environmental authorities and local farmers in Colombia and Peru science-based evidence that improves their capacity to mitigate and adapt to climate change, while improving the environmental services and socioeconomic benefits for the farmers.
Author: Wilson Celemín
Posted: February 28, 2018, 10:47 pm
Daniel Jiménez argues that data science is about a collaboration among experts from various areas.
Author: Daniel Jimenez
Posted: February 28, 2018, 3:27 pm
As part of the Food Resilience through Root and Tuber Crops in Upland and Coastal Communities of the Asia-Pacific (FoodSTART+) project, farmers in Quang Binh province learned all things sweetpotato - from agronomy to sustainable soil management to post-harvest processing, even including making pesticide from chili. FoodSTART+ aims to enhance food resilience among poor households by introducing root and tuber crops innovations.
Author: Madelline Romero
Posted: February 27, 2018, 6:44 pm
The Crop Trust has named Daniel Debouck, who for many years led the CIAT Genetic Resources Program, as one of the recipients of its inaugural award recognizing “global gatekeepers” of crop diversity.
Author: Maria Eliza Villarino
Posted: February 26, 2018, 3:54 pm
With the shipment of 31,550 bean seeds, CIAT joins in the celebration of 10 years of operation of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, in Svalbard, Norway.
Author: Adriana Varón
Posted: February 23, 2018, 10:31 pm
Howdy Bouis, founder and director of HarvestPlus for many years, has agreed to serve as Interim HarvestPlus CEO starting February 14, 2018.
Author: CIAT Comunicaciones
Posted: February 22, 2018, 10:42 pm
The Cambodian government is looking into the possibility of Terra-i as a forest cover change monitoring tool in the country. Terra-i is the only tool that is global in scope and yet can be calibrated according to a country's specific context. A near-real time monitoring system, Terra-i is able to support immediate ground action by providing information to forest rangers and provincial authorities on the state of the forest, as well as on looming encroachment.
Author: Madelline Romero
Posted: February 22, 2018, 6:05 pm
Rice crop improvement needs to adjust for harsher droughts, a new study says.
Author: Ángela María Morales
Posted: February 21, 2018, 11:36 pm
The Sustainable Amazonian Landscapes (SAL) project closed the year with a voluntary agreement with the producers who stand to benefit from the project for the conservation, protection, and restoration of forests and sources of water on their farms.
Author: Miguel Antonio Romero
Posted: February 20, 2018, 6:36 pm
Augusto Castro-Nunez proposes a novel way to negotiate climate adaptation targets.
Author: Augusto Castro
Posted: February 14, 2018, 7:37 pm
Christian Bunn, Andy Jarvis, Peter Laderach and Mark Lundy debunk news that chocolate will become extinct in three decades.
Author: Christian Bunn
Posted: February 13, 2018, 5:45 pm
The digital transformation of economies and societies in recent years has opened new, important possibilities for agriculture. In this context, we see the emergence of CGIAR’s Platform for Big Data in Agriculture, which aims to positively transform agricultural research, helping to generate powerful data management innovations that can revolutionize agriculture in developing countries.
Author: Sylvia Pineda
Posted: February 12, 2018, 6:19 pm
A research carried out in the Animal Nutrition Laboratories of CIAT studied forages that improve animal productivity and reduce methane emissions in two municipalities in central Nicaragua.
Author: José Luis Urrea
Posted: February 6, 2018, 10:09 pm
We have prepared a policy brief highlighting our findings and recommendations regarding the effect of the Fair Trade Certified in the livelihoods and empowerment of coffee farm workers in large farms, and independent smallholder producers
Author: Natalia Gutiérrez
Posted: February 5, 2018, 11:30 pm
CIAT scientist Monica Carvajal is convening a gathering of experts from around the globe and from various disciplines to develop a global crop disease surveillance system. The meeting will take place at the prestigious Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Lake Como, Italy.
Author: Maria Eliza Villarino
Posted: February 5, 2018, 5:03 pm
Seven different themes were identified by CIAT and CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) as possible areas of joint work in the Central American region, among which the following stand out: germplasm, cacao, coffee, sustainable livestock raising, climate change, access to markets, and Initiative 20x20.
Author: Sylvia Pineda
Posted: February 5, 2018, 4:04 pm
The Common Microbial Biotechnology Platform inaugurated on February 1st 2018 in Hanoi, Vietnam, can help your business benefit from interactions between soil microbial communities and crops.
Author: Madelline Romero
Posted: February 1, 2018, 3:55 pm
The RTBfoods project, which has an initial budget of 11.5 million euros over five years, will be implemented with five partner countries: Benin, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Uganda.
Author: Georgina Smith
Posted: January 23, 2018, 9:37 pm
Two hours were enough for Japan’s State Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications, Mr. Sakai Manabu, to ratify once again that the use of technologies and information is key to improve agricultural production systems.
Author: CIAT Comunicaciones
Posted: January 22, 2018, 4:33 pm
CIAT’s Phenomics Platform scientists can now study crop roots directly in the field using non-invasive technologies, that is, without a direct contact with the roots to avoid damage.
Author: Sylvia Pineda
Posted: January 18, 2018, 6:56 pm
The study of food systems involves investigation of the different activities, processes, infrastructures, and institutions involved in the production, processing, distribution, and consumption of food, and the various links between multiple actors: food producers, food-chain actors, policymakers, and consumers.
Author: Madelline Romero
Posted: January 11, 2018, 4:09 pm
In this commentary first published on Mongabay, Augusto Castro responds to views that armed conflict was essentially beneficial for Colombian forests.
Author: Augusto Castro
Posted: December 20, 2017, 9:01 pm
Author: Stefanie Neno
Posted: December 20, 2017, 8:15 pm
The Partners for the Amazon platform was launch was last December 6 and 7 in Manaus, Brazil. The platform will provide its members a space to share and learn from experiences in social and environmental corporate responsibility.
Author: Wendy Francesconi
Posted: December 14, 2017, 11:14 pm