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Our visions of a sustainable food future

#1 Making climate-smart agriculture the norm, by Ana María Loboguerrero, Latin America Regional Program leader, CCAFS

#3 The changing face of agri-entrepreneurs in Asia, by Dindo Campilan, Regional Director, Asia

#2 Restoring land and livelihoods: a call for public and private sectors, by Louis Verchot, Director, Soils and Landscapes for Sustainability (SoiLS) Research Area

#4 Why healthy cities depend on vibrant countrysides


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“One cow” program can cut poverty and pa...

A new study shows that Rwanda’s One Cow per Poor Family program can significantly cut food insecurity - and with improved cattle feeding, it can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions intensity too ...

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Impact of Climate Change on Tea Production in Malawi – Review of a Workshop

Blue Sky, Green Leaves – Malawi’s Landscape
Over the past few years, the Malawi tea industry has seen a decrease in production mainly because of erratic rainfall, which has led to either floods or droughts ...

Fair Trade Coffee’s Aftertaste

After taste (Coffee)
The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) conducted the research project “Measuring and assessing impacts of Fair Trade for All on farmers, farmworkers, and the overall Fair Trade market system.” After the third year of the project, we analyzed the data collected to assess the impact of certification on farmworkers’ ...

Join the internal activities to celebrate CIAT’s 50th anniversary

Fifty years of CIAT. Five decades of collective enthusiasm to improve farmers’ livelihoods and food security in the tropics. Everyone at CIAT has been involved in the goal of advancing each day in fulfilling the institutional mission, some take longer, others less. Now it’s time to celebrate together. For this ...

Big Data Platform, a path to improving decision making for smallholder farmers

The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) will lead CGIAR’s Platform for Big Data in Agriculture, whose objective is to take advantage of the capacities of big data to accelerate and boost the impact of international agricultural research and foster equitable rural ...

Carlos Jara, a Chilean with a CIAT passport and nationality

Now, Jarita, as he is known by his friends and colleagues, is retiring from the Center after working in the Bean Program and specifically in the Pathology Laboratory, where one of his greatest achievements was defining the differential kinds of angular leaf spot disease, which served to identify resistance genes ...

An Altmetric milestone

CIAT's 2016 publication Origins of food crops connect countries worldwide has hit a major Altmetric milestone! It has become the highest-scoring output ever for its publisher, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences ...

Hans Rosling, an intellectual beacon who also illuminated CIAT

Foto por Georgina Smith. CIAT.
The spotlight of fame shone on Dr. Rosling in 2006, when he presented his first, and legendary TED Talk titled, “The best stats you’ve ever seen,” where, through analytical data, he questions the myths around developing countries. But Rosling was already recognized in the scientific world much earlier for his ...

Measuring the impact of sustainable agricultural practices on greenhouse gas emissions in India

GHG sample collection from Agricultural plots at Bhalwani, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra. Credit: WOTR.
Outlines what CIAT is doing with partners, to assess the impact of various soil conservation practices on Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from agricultural soils in India ...

CIAT Research Online Newsletter

Please enjoy a copy of our December edition of Your CIAT Research Online. Subscribe here to receive the next issue by email ...

Tropical grasses: feed and plumber

The pastures that cattle graze also act as their “toilets”. This is because, as cattle eat grass, they periodically urinate and, therefore, randomly deposit urine on the soil surface. Once in the soil, the deposited urine results in the creation of patches that are generally characterized by high concentrations of ...

The world without beans: opinion piece

Opinion piece: Dr. Robin Buruchara, Director of the Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA) ...

Anchoring LINK in Asia

A backstopping workshop was organized early December 2016 in Nepal to review and adjust the first results from Heifer, as well as to provide recommendations and guidelines for further steps. The workshop was the opportunity to dive into the cases and provided space for peer reviews between Heifer countries ...

Interactive Stories

When many people hear the word cassava, they immediately think of a subsistence crop. Is this really the case? It depends on who you ask ...

Cassava: Subsistence Crop or Trendy Commodity?

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 ...

A commitment to inclusion in Honduras

Cassava in Tanzania...all the way from South America, originally
The origins of over two-thirds of the grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, and other agricultural crops countries grow and consume can be traced to ancient breadbaskets in distant parts of ...

“Foreign” crops – from maize to mangoes – dominate national food consumption and farming practices worldwide


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