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Remembering Dr. Myles Fisher, a groundbreaking and much loved Alliance scientist

Remembering Dr. Myles Fisher, a groundbr...

Dr. Myles Fisher, an Emeritus of the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, and a groundbreaking agricultural scientist passed away on the 27th of May. He suffered a stroke, which mercifully was sudden and painless. Myles was my colleague, my ...

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COVID-19 highlights the need for food systems-based policies for reducing tropical deforestation

COVID-19 highlights the need for food systems-based policies for reducing tropical deforestation
Deforestation has many drivers but one is often overlooked: food consumption in cities that increases demand for products produced on deforested land. To be successful, tropical countries’ zero-deforestation policies need to address changing urban food demands ...

International analytics award goes to CGIAR centers for sustainable agriculture tools

International analytics award goes to CGIAR centers for sustainable agriculture tools
The 2020 Innovative Applications in Analytics Award (IAAA) was awarded to the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). Their tools, which help farmers to increase productivity, use more sustainable practices and access markets, ...

Distributing high-iron and zinc bean varieties to women farmers during COVID-19

Distributing high-iron and zinc bean varieties to women farmers during COVID-19
In an act of solidarity, seeds awarded as an incentive to smallholders are shared with other women farmers unable to purchase seed during the pandemic ...

Update: Food systems for healthier diets A4NH contributions to the nutrition sensitive movement in Vietnam continue

Update: Food systems for healthier diets A4NH contributions to the nutrition sensitive movement in Vietnam continue
Agriculture for Nutrition and Health Research Program (A4NH) researchers from the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT have been part of the Technical Working Group on Nutrition led by UNICEF and the National Institute of Nutrition in Vietnam since 2017 ...

Taming heat stress – climate change adaptation of pig and dairy sector in Uganda

Taming heat stress – climate change adaptation of pig and dairy sector in Uganda
Global heat stress is a growing problem that stands to impact health, livelihoods and the very food we eat. While high temperatures and heat waves can occur under normal weather conditions, with climate change they are becoming more severe, last longer and happen more frequently. In 2019, we saw wildfires ...

Caring for the seeds of the future during the quarantine

Caring for the seeds  of the future during the quarantine
Making sure that the collections of beans, cassava, bananas, and forages remain alive, even during the quarantine, is an essential job of the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT in order to preserve the world’s biodiversity and food safety. From its work sites in laboratories, greenhouses, and experimental fields in ...

Ethiopia Government and Alliance partners to implement USD 32 million water project

Ethiopia Government and Alliance partners to implement USD 32 million water project
Downstream panoramic view of dam axis for Mekaneselam water supply dam, Ethiopia. The federal government of Ethiopia, through the regional government of Amhara, has been involved in the development of various water projects both for drinking and irrigation purposes to ensure water security in the country. However, many of the ...

100 years since the birth of Armando Samper Gnecco

100 years since the birth of Armando Samper Gnecco
On a day like today, on April 9, 1920, Dr. Armando Samper Gnecco was born in Bogotá, Colombia. Years later, he would be renowned for dedicating his life to the development of agriculture in Latin America ...

Training Heifer International on Market System Development

Training Heifer International on Market System Development
The Alliance of Bioversity International and International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) has been supporting Heifer International in their drive to adopt the Market System Development (MSD) approach as an intervention model within the organization, so far conducting four introductory training sessions ...

Validating Wellbeing in the Brazilian Amazon

Validating Wellbeing in the Brazilian Amazon
Deep in the Brazilian Amazon, around 290 quilombolas (Afro-Brazilian communities) and small groups of people living along the river side (hereafter riverine communities) in the Oriximiná municipality, located in the state of Pará, joined a series of meetings with the purpose of validating the results of the previously applied "Social ...

Organizational change, a challenge in a changing world

Organizational change, a challenge in a changing world
We live in an ever increasingly faster changing world. Technology, services, products, enterprises, economy, markets, social habits, competition… everything changes. That is why organizations are faced with the challenge to change in an effort to adapt to new times in order to improve their competitiveness, productivity and efficiency ...

Ethiopia holds workshop to enhance Open Access data among scientists

Ethiopia holds workshop to enhance Open Access data among scientists
Some of the writeshop participants. Authors: Lulseged Tamene and Rosemary Nzuki.  Researchers in Ethiopia have for years generated data and knowledge to tackle agricultural challenges. However, little value has been obtained from these invaluable assets that remain scattered across the region in different repositories and publications. If the available data is aggregated ...
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Five surprising ways people’s diets have changed over the past 50 years
Newly released interactive infographics show how the so-called “globalized diet” has emerged. They unearth a number of surprises about the foods we eat across the world. Who’d have thought ...
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Five surprising ways people’s diets have changed over the past 50 years

On the trail of ancient treasure in Peru
What he’s looking for is something more ancient than the Incas, and potentially more valuable than all their silver and gold ...
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On the trail of ancient treasure in Peru

Cassava: Subsistence Crop or Trendy Commodity?
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 ...
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Cassava: Subsistence Crop or Trendy Commodity?

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