Two peer-reviewed studies led by CIAT researchers take an innovative approach to determining the causes of mealybug outbreaks in Asia’s cassava crops. They show how soil characteristics and the presence of disease can dictate the abundance of these bugs and shed light on the effectiveness of their natural enemies.
A novel approach from Japan is being tested in CIAT fields with the goal of enabling rice farmers in Colombia and Latin America to make quick, wise, and exacting decisions about their crops based on real-time agricultural data.
Social dimensions of a cassava production and value-chain: Why do the poor continue with unsustainable cassava production?
The International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) has been working with the University of Queensland (UQ) and national partners in Vietnam, Indonesia, Laos and Cambodia to improve the livelihoods of upland farmers engaged in the cassava value chain.
In thirty years, the Philippines may become even more dependent on imports of rice, coffee, vegetables, and pork.
Daniel Debouck, a researcher in CIAT’s Genetic Resources Program, received the Order of Leopold, the highest recognition that the Kingdom of Belgium bestows, for his 40 years of scientific work.
When we published about the increasing homogeneity in global food supplies, we hadn’t yet found a good way to make the underlying national level data readily visible to interested readers. This is why the publication of our new Changing Global Diet website is exciting. It provides interactive visuals for 152 countries over the past 50 years. We that hope you enjoy your investigations through time. Perhaps you can tell us where you think the changing global diet is headed.
In 2016, researchers at CIAT began working on the Climate Services for Resilient Development- Colombia project, funded by USAID, under its Climate Services for Resilient Development (CS4RD) program, and again with CCAFS’ support.
This article is about John Miles, a brilliant scientist, who is retiring from CIAT after working as a plant breeder in the tropical forages program for 37 years.
Farmers in the Dry Corridor of Central America are using the Quesungual agroforestry system to maintain or increase their maize and bean yields, while improving ecosystem services and resilience.
On March 20th to 22nd, a meeting was held at Embrapa Rice and Beans Research Center (CNPAF) in Goiania, Brazil, to strengthen the rice breeding alliance among CIAT, Cirad and Embrapa.
About agrobiodiversity research at CIAT
CIAT develops more resilient and productive varieties of cassava and common bean, together with tropical forages for livestock. We also help improve rice production in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The superior crop varieties that result from our collaborative work offer many valuable traits, such as high yield and stress tolerance, which are vital for guaranteeing global food supplies in the face of rapidly rising demand, shifting disease and insect pressures, rampant environmental degradation, and the looming threat of climate change.
Director, Agrobiodiversity Research Area
This CIAT Blog was launched in January 2016. For articles related to agrobiodiversity prior to this date, visit our former blog. Please note the AgBio blog is not updated anymore.