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Climate change drives cropping shifts from coffee to cocoa in Central America

Pic by Neil Palmer (CIAT). A farmer in Colombia's Nariño Department amongst her coffee bushes. CIAT has been working with Catholic Relief Services to improve the livelihoods of smallholder coffee farmers in the border area of Colombia and Ecuador through the production and sale of high-value, gourmet coffee.
As a researcher there are few moments more awkward than being corrected at a public event. At this years Specialty Coffee Association of America seminar series I experienced this first hand after presenting a slide showing the expected impact of climate change on coffee in Central America ...

The LINK Methodology spreads in the hands of Heifer International

Inclusive business methodology spreads through the world by hands of Heifer International ...

Climate change: Special guest at the International Congress on Sustainable Rural Development

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For 2 days, climate change was the topic of discussion at the Eighth International Congress on Sustainable Rural Development, which took place in Palmira, Valle ...

Agricultural research, an ally for Colombia at peace

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Claudia Navas, an advisor to Colombia´s High Commission for Post-Conflict Recovery, visited CIAT headquarters on 17-18 August with a clear objective: to gain a deeper knowledge of the Center´s experience in applied research and “identify effective interventions for territorial development that could be implemented during the first 18 months after ...

CIAT and partners to guest edit KM4Dev journal: Best practices in information & data management for development organizations

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Call for Papers for the KM4Dev Journal: Open research, open data, and your development organization: Best practices in information and data management for development The Knowledge Management for Development Journal (KM4D Journal) is a peer-reviewed community-based journal on knowledge management for development – for and by development practitioners, researchers and ...

Colombian-Japanese project offers an opportunity to strengthen Colombia´s rice sector

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A group of researchers recently visited the town of Yosano in Japan to find out first-hand from Japanese rice growers about a new approach to rice agronomy that makes irrigated production more environmentally friendly, requiring less water and fewer applications of nutrients, such as nitrogen ...

A team working for gender equity in agriculture

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The gender team at CIAT seeks to close gaps between men and women in agriculture by addressing this issue in Center projects and by conducting strategic research aimed at explaining gender differences ...

CIAT’s research boosts development of Nicaragua’s livestock sector

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To share experiences that will increase the productivity of Nicaragua’s livestock sector and improve the quality and efficiency of the country’s cattle production, the Nicaraguan Institute for Agricultural Technology (INTA) organized the “First International Congress on Challenges and Opportunities to Increase National Livestock Productivity” in Managua ...

Does no news mean good news for Central American cacao?

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No news is good news they say. According to the online Cambridge dictionary it is used “to make someone feel less worried when they have not received information about someone or something, because if something bad had happened, they would have been told about it”: We haven't heard anything about ...

Tropical forages and soils labs – The doors are open for knowledge sharing

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Last July, CIAT´s tropical forages and soils laboratories opened their doors to students from the University of the Amazon in Colombia’s Caquetá Department, giving them the opportunity to strengthen their capacity in the use of diverse tools and techniques ...

How to move beyond technology in ‘sustainable intensification’

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This blog, co-authored by Saurabh Arora, was first published on the STEPS Centre website. Sustainable Intensification (SI) promises more food from the same amount of land, while minimizing pressure on the environment. In Sub-Saharan Africa, considerable research and effort has been put into achieving it – but without the expected ...

Trees on agricultural land sink four times more carbon

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Trees grown on agricultural land significantly contribute to global carbon budgets, say authors in this recent study ...
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In Honduras, members of the Asociación de Familias Agropecuarias Artesanales Intibucanas Lencas, ASOFAIL, strive to become the main characters in their own development. With the support of VECO MA ...
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