This piece celebrates December 5, World Soils Day, and was first posted on the Thrive Blog, of the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems. Just a few weeks ago, we published a study stating that farm land soils, if managed properly, have the potential to sequester up to 7 billion tons of carbon dioxide; […]
Posted: December 5, 2017, 6:43 pm
CIAT library, coordinated by Elizabeth Campillo and Carlos Saa, has not been the exception and it has also evolved at the pace of major changes brought by ICTs, bearing in mind the budgetary constraints of recent years.
Posted: November 30, 2017, 1:32 am
Last October, the CIAT Phenomics Platform Team from the Agrobiodiversity Area conducted the “Drones for Agriculture” course, with the purpose of training staff from different programs at the Center, who were interested in getting acquainted with the remote detection techniques that may be applied to agriculture through drones.
Posted: November 30, 2017, 1:22 am
CIAT staff invited by FAO Rome to present results on BMZ funded project on “Making Value Chains work for Nutrition in East Africa”.
Posted: November 24, 2017, 11:52 pm
Eating beans bred to contain higher iron can boost memory and attention span in female university students in Rwanda, the study shows. Policy makers could consider including iron-biofortified beans as part of national strategies to overhaul food systems on the continent.
Posted: November 22, 2017, 10:16 am
A recently published study indicates the extent that farmers in Colombia's Cauca Department use improved cassava varieties. The research has also led to a discovery of new varieties of this staple crop.
Posted: November 21, 2017, 4:43 pm
Dr. Augusto Castro explains the relationship between promoting peace, conserving forests, and achieving sustainable food production. An op-ed published on Devex.
Posted: November 21, 2017, 3:46 pm
The process of getting better practices to more people – “scaling up” innovations to make agriculture more climate-smart - has baffled many development practitioners. Some approaches work on a small scale, but suddenly on a larger scale, everything changes. These are the challenges that the authors of these 9 briefs just published set out to address.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 3:20 pm
At COP23, Dr. Julian Ramirez and Dr. Daniel Jimenez received one of the prizes of the coveted 2017 Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activities.
Posted: November 14, 2017, 10:36 pm
By better managing farmland soil, the amount of carbon stored in the top 30 centimeters of the soil could increase an extra 0.9 to 1.85 gigatons each year, say authors of a new study published today in Scientific Reports.
Posted: November 14, 2017, 6:44 pm
Palabras del Presidente Juan Manuel Santos en la celebración de los 50 años del Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical.
Posted: November 8, 2017, 10:45 pm
The scientific community does already have large amounts of data about what kinds of soils we have, but we need higher resolution data – especially in Africa – and better information about what hinders farmers from investing in soil conserving practices. Also, funding researchers to develop robust prediction models to determine hotspots of potential carbon sequestration that are applicable worldwide, would be a good start.
Posted: November 8, 2017, 9:55 am
Out of 857 rice varieties released in Latin America and the Caribbean in the last 50 years, 377 have CIAT DNA in their pedigree. They constitute an invaluable legacy that has enabled the region to be more competitive. Where does the lineage come from? This is an acknowledgement to the Rice Program at CIAT and the hundreds of researchers who have contributed to it.
Posted: November 7, 2017, 6:52 pm
The latest CSA profiles offer recommendations on how farmers in Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Nepal can adapt to and mitigate climate change.
Posted: November 3, 2017, 11:03 pm
Like many of his neighbors, Nguyen Duc Du relied on government food aid when typhoons – which regularly visited Tan Tien village in Quang Binh province – destroyed their rice crops. Except one time, nearly a decade ago, when the valley got flooded and no relief teams could get in. Then they had their stock of boiled and sun-dried sweetpotatoes to thank for tiding them over while waiting for food to be airdropped.
Posted: November 3, 2017, 9:25 pm
We are 20 days away from the great event to celebrate CIAT’s 50th Anniversary at our headquarters on 8 and 9 November, and it’s time to dress up for the party!
Posted: October 27, 2017, 12:02 am
Some scientists believe their careers rely on keeping their data private. WorldClim proves precisely the opposite.
Posted: October 26, 2017, 10:39 pm
Sharing data is not about giving it away but about giving it back, says Data and Information Manager Leroy Mwanzia.
Posted: October 26, 2017, 4:06 pm
PestDisPlace can serve as an early warning system for pests and diseases in crops.
Posted: October 25, 2017, 9:39 pm
CIAT is using big data and machine learning to develop a Nutrition Early Warning System (NEWS) for Africa.
Posted: October 23, 2017, 9:36 pm
Sylvia Pineda, a member of the internal communications team at CIAT, visited the Central American regional office in Managua, Nicaragua, on October 16-20. During her visit, topics related to the work carried out by the internal communications team, its achievements, and future prospects for the region were discussed.
Posted: October 23, 2017, 8:56 pm
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