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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

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


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Scaling success: leading change with the...

Improved bean varieties are now commercially available, through licensing of released varieties to private companies ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

“We are not alone”: Nicaragua’s rural youth tell their story

As global development objectives increasingly call for interdisciplinary action to respond to gender, policy, and community needs, CIAT through CCAFS and Humidtropics used Participatory Video with groups of Nicaraguan rural women and youth to promote inclusive agricultural research for development ...

An ecosystems approach to the SDGs in Africa: why we need to listen to farmers

To address all the SDG’s, we’re going to need to think like farmers. That means taking a systems approach that includes all kinds of agro-ecological farm systems. This mantra echoed through all the sessions at the Ecosystem Services Partnership Conference: Ecosystem Services for SDGs in Africa. Goals, 2, 5, 6, ...

Rao, the eternal legacy of a scientist-mentor

Madhusudana Idupulapati Rao, or simply Rao, as he is affectionately known to friends and colleagues, has shown many people that the work accomplished as a team is more valuable than what one achieves individually ...

Training workshop on LINK and value chains for nutrition

Capacity building on LINK and Value Chain for Nutrition in Normandy, France, in September 2016 (ACF-CIAT) ...

Cassava: Subsistence Crop or Trendy Commodity?

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 ...

Putting together the puzzle of cocoa in Colombia

As part of the initiative Cocoa for Peace, CIAT’s research team Linking Farmers to Markets (LFM), Purdue University, and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) visited cocoa-growing areas in northern Cauca, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, and various municipalities in the Santander department, among others ...

Big Data, the team that seldom rests

The Big Data team organized the workshop Analysis of Large Volumes of Commercial Data on Rice, which was held on 24-28 October at CIAT headquarters ...

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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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