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.
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...
Study finds 40% more milk and tens of millions of dollars in revenue possible for African farmers adopting new drought-resistant pasture grass
Climate-smart varieties of brachiaria grass can survive harsh conditions while reducing the environmental impact of livestock production.
Building on its success in Central and South America, the collaborative work on value chain development and inclusive business between CIAT and Heifer International has expanded to 13 countries from Asia and Africa—again, in the form of a Learning Cycle around the LINK methodology.
When it comes to transforming agriculture in Africa, the need to join forces with the private sector has surfaced again and again in recent times, notably at the Africa Green Revolution Forum in Nairobi last month.
By B. Chataika, E. Maereka, R. Zulu and R. Chirwa The 26th of September 2016 marked the dawn of the new chapter in Research for Development in Malawi, as the Country witnessed the double launch of two projects: the Malawi Seed Industry Development Project phase II...
Cooperative Leadership Event in Malawi: a platform to bridge research, capacity-building and policy-making
A recent five-day event in Uganda, aimed at strengthening agricultural cooperatives, closed with a resolution to establish a new cooperative bank to support farmers in Malawi among other achievements. The Cooperative Leadership Event (CLE), which took place from 26 to...
Sunny Mbeeta Abwooli knows how to whip up a delicious meal, especially when it involves one of her favorite ingredients: beans.
First solar-powered “bubble” driers promise more nutritious bean flour – and better prices for farmers
Kenya’s first solar-powered “bubble” drier, which improves bean quality and commercial value, retaining nutritious qualities before they are turned into a porridge flour, is here. It has been installed as part of a project to fight malnutrition among vulnerable urban...
CIAT’s Debisi Araba believes that African agriculture needs data revolution – and the CGIAR Big Data Platform will play a central role.
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