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...
In order to better understand the regional variability, complexity, and nearly infinite number of subtleties associated with cassava value chains, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) GFSF Team invited cassava experts from around the world to a workshop held in Palmira, Colombia, from 24 to 26 August, 2016.
The CIAT team will present nine research posters at the Tropentag 2016 conference in Vienna, Austria, themed: “Solidarity in a competing world – fair use of resources,” from September 18 – 21.
For 40 years, team work has been the central pillar of the entomology and pathology laboratory in CIAT´s Tropical Forages Program. The team´s main task is to evaluate damage to pastures caused by an insect pest commonly known as the spittlebug and a disease whose scientific name is Rhizoctonia solani.
A group of researchers recently visited the town of Yosano in Japan to find out first-hand from Japanese rice growers about a new approach to rice agronomy that makes irrigated production more environmentally friendly, requiring less water and fewer applications of nutrients, such as nitrogen.
To share experiences that will increase the productivity of Nicaragua’s livestock sector and improve the quality and efficiency of the country’s cattle production, the Nicaraguan Institute for Agricultural Technology (INTA) organized the “First International Congress on Challenges and Opportunities to Increase National Livestock Productivity” in Managua.
Against a hilly backdrop, Daud Bukuku examines a handful of brown beans from a large basket. The open fields behind him have just been harvested: his plot is freshly harvested. But he’s lucky to have had a harvest at all – the beans he proudly shows us didn’t crop up for everyone.
Five new bean varieties bred with high iron and resilience to the impacts of drought have been released in Uganda for the first time.
A total of eight cassava varieties will be released in Colombia´s Cauca Department, Caribbean region, and Eastern Plains during the second half of 2016. Coming at the end of an important collaborative process, this achievement also signals the start of new joint efforts by the Colombian Corporation of Agricultural Research (Corpoica) and CIAT. Planted to more than 200,000 hectares in Colombia, cassava is used mainly for food, livestock feed, and the production of native and fermented starch. The latter is the primary product of processors in Northern Cauca.
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.