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The ‘unsexy’ essential to making agricultural predictive models

The ‘unsexy’ essential to making agricul...

Hugo Andres Dorado Betancourt and Daniel Jimenez of the CIAT data team explain the importance of data cleaning to develop models that can predict the future, such as yields ...

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The first three years of the Global Staff Exchange Program… what have we learned?

The first three years of the Global Staff Exchange Program... what have we learned?
Three years have passed since the implementation of this Program, so it was time to get feedback on this Program from the participants and leaders who have sent and received participating staff. For this reason, a survey was conducted among this group of people involved. Here is a summary of ...

The ‘unsexy’ essential to making agricultural predictive models

The ‘unsexy’ essential to making agricultural predictive models
Hugo Andres Dorado Betancourt and Daniel Jimenez of the CIAT data team explain the importance of data cleaning to develop models that can predict the future, such as yields ...

Farming in transition: How smallholder farms in the Mekong could thrive amid a changing landscape

Farming in transition: How smallholder farms in the Mekong could thrive amid a changing landscape
In the continuing journey to identify what makes smallholder farming systems in the Mekong sustainable and resilient, the Hands and Minds project finds out a number of things: (1) livestock intensification could be done in a way that could both increase profitability and reduce labor demands; (2) smallholders could be ...

BMS – A key system for CIAT breeders

BMS – A key system for CIAT breeders
Last April, a BMS (Breeding Management System) workshop was held, as a joint effort among Cécile Grenier (researcher at CIAT’s Rice Program), representatives from the Integrated Breeding Platform (IBP), and CIAT’s Data and Research Methods team ...

BioTerra: The new biodiversity monitoring system being developed by USAID Natural Wealth Program

BioTerra: The new biodiversity monitoring system being developed by USAID Natural Wealth Program
BioTerra es un sistema innovador de monitoreo de la biodiversidad y sus amenazas desarrollado por el Programa Riqueza Natural de la Agencia de los Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional (USAID), y sus socios locales—el Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT) y el Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander ...

Learning more about soil ecology

Learning more about soil ecology
Last April, the Soils and Landscapes for Sustainability Research Area at CIAT, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota (UMN) and the National University of Colombia at Palmira, held a training course entitled “Soil Ecology: Methodologies for the Assessment of Agroecosystems” ...

Climate-smart agriculture profiles: Successes, lessons and new frontiers

Climate-smart agriculture profiles: Successes, lessons and new frontiers
Evan Girvetz, who has been leading CIAT's climate-smart profiling project, talks about the biggest takeaways from and the future of the initiative ...

Agriculture across borders

Agriculture across borders
CATAS and CIAT Asia researchers held a 3-day joint workshop in April to prioritize key research areas, co-develop project concepts, and identify target funding sources. In the end, the new CATAS-CIAT cooperation portfolio came to include proposed projects on: 1) tropical crops such as cassava, forages, coffee, and tropical fruits; ...

How drone-assisted breeding can help stop rice hoja blanca disease

How drone-assisted breeding can help stop rice hoja blanca disease
CIAT and FLAR are collaborating to breed more rice varieties that are highly resistant to a virus that can cause up to 70 percent yield loss ...

In Nairobi summit, CIAT to officially launch Africa climate-smart agriculture profiles

In Nairobi summit, CIAT to officially launch Africa climate-smart agriculture profiles
At the Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Summit, CIAT is rolling out climate-smart agriculture (CSA) profiles for four additional African countries. This brings the total CSA country profiles focused on Africa to 11 ...

CIAT’s data team proves its capacity by winning the 2018 Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics

CIAT’s data team proves its capacity by winning the 2018 Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics
CIAT’s team took part this year in the Syngenta Crop Challenge in analytics. After intense work in preparing our submission, we couldn’t lower the error of our model anymore. But when the team submitted its proposal to the Challenge, back in March this year, we did not really know what ...

Time to talk Internet of Things and agricultural technology

Time to talk Internet of Things and agricultural technology
Wednesday, 23 May, between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 m. (Colombian time), you will have a chance to join experts and take a close look at the rise of agritech and how green technology can enable more earth-friendly agriculture ...
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Interactive Stories

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

On the trail of ancient treasure in Peru
What he’s looking for is something more ancient than the Incas, and potentially more valuable than all their silver and gold ...
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On the trail of ancient treasure in Peru

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?

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