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Putting together the puzzle of cocoa in Colombia

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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

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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  

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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 ...

CIAT emeritus scientist wins Chinese government’s Friendship Award

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CIAT emeritus scientist Rainer Schultze-Kraft has received the 2016 Friendship Award from the Chinese government, for his long-term work with tropical forage scientists in the country. He was one of 50 experts from 18 countries and a wide range of disciplines to receive the annual award, made by China’s State ...

Big Data, the team that seldom rests

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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 ...

Key questions, challenging approaches, and young voices to face climate change in Latin America

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The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) will start its second phase in 2017, and Latin America is one of its five target regions for action. Taking advantage of CCAFS Director Bruce Campbell’s presence at CIAT headquarters, young researchers took the floor in a seminar, ...

The glory of coffee in China

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A spectacular theater play called “The glory of coffee” on the history of coffee in China was the highlight of the 26th International Conference on Coffee Science (ASIC 2016). Coffee+climate PostDoc Christian Bunn gave a keynote presentation on efficiently guiding forward-looking adaptation with a supply chain inclusive view ...

CIAT joins forces with Cocoa for Peace

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Over the next 5 years, this initiative will seek to enhance the cocoa value chain – as part of Colombia’s post-conflict development strategy – by strengthening the public and private sector institutions that are key for production of this crop ...

Knowledge and information for development: A new vision for Nicaragua’s smallholder cocoa farms

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A new decision-making toolkit is leading smallholder cocoa farmers, technicians and local organizations in Nicaragua through a learning journey on their farms, providing ways to plan interventions and track progress ...

Four unexplored big wins in agriculture: tackling climate change through landscape restoration

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Four solutions lie in how we farm our food and treat our landscapes: this session aims to throw light on some of the tools that can tackle climate change head-on. During this session, we called on the audience at the Global Landscape Forum, an event at the 22nd Conference of ...

The Cassava Genome Hub: Terabytes of tuberous tropical root research set to revolutionize big data for agriculture

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When it comes to cassava, we are in the midst of a genomic revolution that is producing enormous amounts of information. CIAT’s goal is to develop the tools and skills needed to analyze all this data, and in turn accelerate and enhance the impact of international agricultural research ...

Capitalizing our experience in capitalization processes

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When we start a capitalization process, we always tell our partners why it is important to capture our learning in a product that we can share with others. Are we doing this? No ...
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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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