Science to Cultivate Change

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
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
It’s true: construction has started on “Seeds of the Future,” CIAT’s new germplasm bank, and last Friday, all the HQ staff received an invitation that promised to turn us into the “guardians of crop diversity.” The expectations were great and so was the attendance at the event. Kellogg auditorium was filled to capacity.
Author: Maria Fernanda Mejia
Posted: November 15, 2018, 11:14 pm
A total of 200 participants, 70 oral presentations, 170 scientific posters on display, two culinary demonstrations, more than a dozen specialized sessions, visits to laboratories and field trials from the cassava program at CIAT, a new president of the ISTRC, and a touching award ceremony. These are some of the figures that show how intense and productive were those four days of work in the 18th Triennial Symposium of the International Society for Tropical Root Crops (ISTRC), that was held from October 22 to 25 at CIAT’s headquarters.
Author: CIAT Comunicaciones
Posted: November 14, 2018, 5:49 pm
This series of videos produced during the meeting held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on 18–20 September 2018, features these and other questions addressed by experts attending the meeting.
Author: Maria Fernanda Mejia
Posted: October 25, 2018, 11:52 pm
The theme for OA week this year is "Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge." It incidentally falls on the same year when the five-year transition period for the implementation of the CGIAR Open Access and Data Management policy comes to an end.The policy mandates for the broadest possible distribution of all our information products while allowing for needed exemptions and guaranteeing fundamental rights such as farmers and authorship rights.This policy was fully adopted by CIAT and guides our open access efforts with support from the Organize module of the CGIAR Big Data Platform.
Author: Sylvia Pineda
Posted: October 24, 2018, 11:50 pm
Responding to the challenge of improving data collection and monitoring of tropical forages in Colombia, CIAT, in cooperation with the Universities of Glasgow, Bristol, Cauca, and Antioquia, developed working tools and methodologies for the collection, processing, and analysis of images.
Author: Sylvia Pineda
Posted: October 23, 2018, 9:43 pm
Linking efforts for reducing forest-based emissions with those for delivering peace is possible. We are examining under what conditions that is possible.
Author: Erika Eliana Mosquera
Posted: October 23, 2018, 12:07 am
Elizabeth Campillo, CIAT information and documentation analyst, recently presented a bibliometric study of CIAT publications from 2012 to 2017. Between this period, a total of 928 articles were published in peer-reviewed journals, representing an average of 155 articles per year.
Author: José Antonio Arana
Posted: October 22, 2018, 9:10 pm
Author: CIAT Comunicaciones
Posted: October 20, 2018, 1:48 am
The next agri-food revolution begins in Cali having the 18th Triennial Symposium of The International Society for Tropical Root Crops (ISTRC), which will be held from October 22 to 25 at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) headquarters, having as slogan and as guiding question: When, Where and How will Tropical Root and Tuber Crops Lead the Next Agri-Food Revolution.
Author: CIAT Comunicaciones
Posted: October 19, 2018, 5:54 pm
A few years ago, Elena Patricia Ulloa and Jesús Velasco took a hard look at their small dairy farm and decided things needed to improve. So they got involved with their local farmers association, took on some debt to invest in their farm, and undertook a slow transformation of their tiny operation.
Author: Sean Mattson
Posted: October 17, 2018, 10:33 pm
Last August, CIAT's Research Areas in Agroecosystems and Sustainable Landscapes and Agrobiodiversity organized a workshop to discuss and develop a work plan to summarize the instruments, methodologies, activities, and timeline of the project entitled “Geographical Information System Mapping for Optimized Cacao Production in Colombia,” under the Cacao for Peace (CfP) Initiative.
Author: Sylvia Pineda
Posted: October 17, 2018, 7:59 pm
This discussion paper presents the main issues to be considered in an adaptation roadmap for agriculture, with a particular focus on developing countries.
Author: Deissy Martinez Baron
Posted: October 16, 2018, 10:12 pm
She was born on the farm, grew up there, and today she is a prosperous tomato producer, but not just any tomato! It is an organic tomato produced in a sustainable way and adapted to the temperate climate of her region.
Author: Maria Fernanda Mejia
Posted: October 14, 2018, 6:02 am
The battle against hunger and malnutrition in Africa is heading in a positive direction, with impressive gains made across the continent in recent decades. But governments and the private sector still have many obstacles and opportunities to definitively bring an end to these issues that affect many millions of people. Ahead of World Food Day, which this year is promoting the goal of #ZeroHunger by 2030, experts from CIAT discussed some of the urgent actions needed to help attain this goal.
Author: CIAT Comunicaciones
Posted: October 14, 2018, 5:24 am
CIAT and the Papalotla Group signed the agreement “Sustainable intensification for environmental benefits”. This agreement follows a long-term collaboration between both organizations, achieving a wide dissemination of hybrid pastures developed by CIAT and distributed by Papalotla, such as Cobra, Cayman, Camello, Mulato, and Mulato II.
Author: José Luis Urrea
Posted: October 4, 2018, 11:42 pm
CIAT, acting through its Agroecosystems and Sustainable Landscapes research area, joins Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Caritas Santa Ana, and PRISMA, in a landscape restoration project titled “RAÍCES” (Roots), with the aim of building awareness among farmers about the importance of looking after soils as a NON-renewable resource against advanced degradation processes, by helping them to better understand soil processes and dynamics.
Author: Sylvia Pineda
Posted: October 2, 2018, 9:17 pm
CIAT and the National Institute of Nutrition of Vietnam (NIN) launched a collaborative Partial Food Systems Baseline Assessment at different sites in the country. The aim of the study is to elucidate specific components of local Vietnamese food systems along a rural to urban gradient, with a specific focus on (i) diets and nutrition, (ii) nutrition status (anthropometry), (iii) consumer behavior and (iv) food flows.
Author: Le Pham
Posted: September 27, 2018, 11:17 pm
  • 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

  • How to empower, not to dis-empower

    By Eileen Nchanji Gender equality is a buzzword not only tied to the agricultural and development sector but also in the entertainment and business sectors, where interest on gender pay gaps are highly contested. Achieving gender equality calls for gender considerations in all activities and stages of planning and implementation.

  • Creating a revolution in bean production in Mwireri, Nyeri

    One evening in October 2017 as a discussion over a cup of tea in a restaurant in Nairobi, Yosam Mugarura, and Mr. Nahashon Kariuki, the Chair of Board of Management (BOM) of the school had just met and were getting to know each other and their professions. Yosam is Head