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Strength in diversity: How cassava intercropping benefits the crops, the farmer, and the environment

Strength in diversity: How cassava inter...

The just-published journal article, On-farm diversity offsets environmental pressures in tropical agro-ecosystems: A synthetic review for cassava-based systems, concludes that intercropping cassava with maize, other crops belonging to the grass family, grain legumes, or trees, provides largely positive effects on ...

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Strength in diversity: How cassava intercropping benefits the crops, the farmer, and the environment

Strength in diversity: How cassava intercropping benefits the crops, the farmer, and the environment
The just-published journal article, On-farm diversity offsets environmental pressures in tropical agro-ecosystems: A synthetic review for cassava-based systems, concludes that intercropping cassava with maize, other crops belonging to the grass family, grain legumes, or trees, provides largely positive effects on various key ecosystem services, and can help strike a balance ...

The vision for a deforestation-free Amazon

The vision for a deforestation-free Amazon
The Amazon Vision Program, an initiative of the Colombian government, with the support of the Governments of Norway, United Kingdom and Germany, seeks to promote a new model of development in the Amazon that will improve the living conditions of its inhabitants through productive alternatives that do not cause deforestation ...

Climate-Smart Agriculture profiles to guide investments in three more African countries

Climate-Smart Agriculture profiles to guide investments in three more African countries
The Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Country Profile (CP) initiative is a series of publications containing a brief yet comprehensive overview of the agricultural context and challenges in each country through a climate-smart agriculture lens, and provides a snapshot of the key issues, climate impacts, CSA practices, relevant policies, and financing ...

The road out of poverty depends on feeding our children nutritious food first

The road out of poverty depends on feeding our children nutritious food first
At the Borlaug Dialogues Dr. Mercy Lung'aho talks about the importance of feeding our youth nutritious food for a more prosperous Africa ...

Paving Africa’s way towards a sustainable, profitable food future with women at the lead

Paving Africa’s way towards a sustainable, profitable food future with women at the lead
Women play an important role in rural agriculture. This International Day of Rural Women, we visit two farmers in Ethiopia who are transforming their rural livelihoods and making a difference in their communities ...

Yet another Annual Program Review, but a goood One!

Yet another Annual Program Review, but a goood One!
Making the annual gathering work for my CIAT colleagues has been one of my motivations for many years. The collaboration with Maya Rajasekharan, CIAT’s Head of research management on what we call the APR has been mostly fruitful. This year however, we made a splash.   “This was the best APR ...

With genome editing, plant breeding gets a boost

With genome editing, plant breeding gets a boost
CIAT scientists are working to improve cassava, rice, and beans using revolutionary "molecular scissors." in a bid to not only boost yields but also address human consumption issues ...

CIAT-led climate adaptation work in Latin America wins coveted UN award

CIAT-led climate adaptation work in Latin America wins coveted UN award
A CIAT and CCAFS project on climate services has been selected as one of the 2017 Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activities ...

Exchange of key knowledge for biodiversity at CIAT’s first DNA barcoding workshop

Exchange of key knowledge for biodiversity at CIAT’s first DNA barcoding workshop
The first national theoretical-practical DNA barcoding workshop was carried out at CIAT with the objective of training researchers in the processing and analysis of biological samples in the Center’s molecular genetics and tissue culture laboratory. A total of 30 participants were in attendance, from 19 to 22 September, establishing research ...

In Ghana’s cocoa industry, a strong push to make farms ‘climate-smart’

In Ghana’s cocoa industry, a strong push to make farms ‘climate-smart’
A consortium, including CIAT, is one step closer to reaching Ghana’s 800,000 cocoa producers to prevent what could be a threatening scenario for the industry in the coming decades ...

State of Research Data Management at CIAT

State of Research Data Management at CIAT
CIAT has made great strides over the years in the management of research data and is one of the institutions taking the lead in data innovations around agriculture.  CIAT co-leads the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture and has just hosted, in September 2017, the first CGIAR Big Data ...

Climate services for smarter farming – what’s it all about?

Climate services for smarter farming – what’s it all about?
Dr. Julian Ramirez-Villegas, a Climate Impacts Scientist, discusses in-depth about a groundbreaking approach that can enable farmers to thrive in a changing climate ...
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Five surprising ways people’s diets have changed over the past 50 years
Newly released interactive infographics show how the so-called “globalized diet” has emerged. They unearth a number of surprises about the foods we eat across the world. Who’d have thought ...
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Five surprising ways people’s diets have changed over the past 50 years

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 ...
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Cassava: Subsistence Crop or Trendy Commodity?

A commitment to inclusion in Honduras
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

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