Across Africa, poor soils and widespread soil degradation are limiting growth in agricultural production and threatening the viability of food systems. Yet healthy soils are vital to maintaining food security, whole-farm productivity and smallholder incomes. Healthy...
CIAT is pleased to welcome Dr. Debisi Araba as Regional Director for Africa. With extensive experience in agricultural policy and project implementation, he will work with the team to establish a vision and strategy for CIAT’s pan-Africa research programs, building on strong partnerships to deliver innovative science.
Eating specially-bred, high-iron beans twice-a-day for just four-and-a-half months reduced iron deficiency and anaemia in young women in Rwanda, according to a new study.
Bananas originated in South and Southeast Asia, and are now produced throughout the world’s tropics and eaten in at least 192 countries worldwide. Quinoa came from the South American Andes, and is currently cultivated in almost 100 nations. Countries clearly depend on one another’s crop diversity. But can we measure the extent of the benefits?
This new special issue focusing on soils presents soil management options which preserve the soil’s health, while allowing farmers to intensify their production and profits in an environmentally sound and climate-smart fashion.
Action towards specific global emission targets can’t happen without guidance on what change needs to happen and where. To that end, this new study outlines a methodology tried and tested within communities. It’s called the “Climate smart agriculture rapid appraisal” tool.
The first Big Data for Agriculture Roadshow in East Africa is another event held in Africa with support from CIAT and the World Bank Group.
Big Data is taken Uganda. CIAT and the World Bank Group present at this important event.
Sessions at this week's Africa Agriculture Science Week this week (June 13-17) in Kigali included discussion on the potential of livestock forages to boost farm production and sequester carbon. At night, Rwanda’s capital Kigali is a sparkling carpet of lights. Yet the...
Why getting the right food on the table is central not just to the health of our children, but to the health of our continent
Dr. Robin Buruchara, Director for Africa for the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, talks about need to tackle malnutrition at the Africa Agriculture Science Week this week (June 13-17) in Kigali. We are in the midst of an emerging crisis. Now is the time...
CIAT in Africa
CIAT’s vision of the promise of tropical agriculture is especially relevant to sub-Saharan Africa. Nowhere does the well-being of so many people depend so much on a concerted effort to realize farming’s potential for reducing chronic hunger, opening pathways out of rural poverty, enhancing human nutrition, and improving the management of natural resources. CIAT works especially on the following topics:
- Eco-Efficient Smallholder Farming
- Bean Revolution
- Soils and Sustainable Development
- Feeding the Livestock Revolution