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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) ...

Snack bars with a winning twist: beans in the international spotlight

When Harriet Aber entered the LovePulses Showcase competition with her special bean-amaranth energy bar, she never imagined it would take her from Uganda to Chicago ...

An unlikely weapon against poverty and drought

As this recent study shows, keeping livestock can help farmers earn more money and put more food on the table, especially during unpredictable weather ...

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 ...

Sink more carbon in the soil? It’s not that easy

Today, December 5th, is World Soil Day. It comes hot on the heels of recent events like the Global Landscapes Forum and 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP 22) in Morocco, which have galvanized the world to act with urgency on the Paris Agreement on climate change. Sinking more carbon ...

Bean researchers in Ethiopia win highest accolade  

Researchers at EIAR are awarded the Golden Medal and Cup.
The Ethiopia Bean Research Programme led by the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) has won the country's highest scientific award - the Gold medal and Cup - for the impact of its bean research, which has transformed the lives of millions of farmers. The National Common Bean Research Team ...

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


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