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“Now CIAT has a more comprehensive view of environmental issues” David Kaimowitz

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David Kaimowitz did not visit CIAT as the Natural Resources and Climate Change Director for the Ford Foundation, but as a family friend. And he found a CIAT placing more emphasis on climate change and with a potential in forest ...

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“Now CIAT has a more comprehensive view of environmental issues” David Kaimowitz

“Now CIAT has a more comprehensive view of environmental issues” David Kaimowitz
David Kaimowitz did not visit CIAT as the Natural Resources and Climate Change Director for the Ford Foundation, but as a family friend. And he found a CIAT placing more emphasis on climate change and with a potential in forest conservation, the subject matter of Kaimowitz's expertise. Interview ...

Genetic breakthrough on tropical grass could help develop climate-friendly cattle farms

Genetic breakthrough on tropical grass could help develop climate-friendly cattle farms
The discovery of genes responsible for asexual reproduction in a tropical grass may reduce negative impacts of cattle farming. The grass captures carbon, reduces gas emissions from soils, restores degraded land, and improves cattle health and productivity ...

Multilayered information to improve livestock production systems in Colombia

Multilayered information to improve livestock production systems in Colombia
Livestock production sometimes has a negative connotation due environmental issues, ethical views and human health questions. A response to this — mostly from the developed world — is for a transition to a vegetarian or vegan diet ...

Electronic scarecrows that monitor crops

Electronic scarecrows that monitor crops
Satoshi Ogawa and Manabu Ishitani wanted to find a way to simultaneously monitor climatic conditions and crop performance in real-time. So Ogawa, a researcher at CIAT’s biotechnology lab, and Ishitani, a molecular biologist and the lab’s leader, acquired e-kahashi, a Japanese technology that they deployed in CIAT’s experimental rice fields ...

App enables smallholder farmers to be community influencers and citizen scientists

App enables smallholder farmers to be community influencers and citizen scientists
The GeoFarmer app allows community workers and smallholders to easily collect and share information on climate-related agricultural interventions. Development agencies can use the tool to gather effective feedback and to respond to emergent climate needs ...

More bang for the climate buck: study identifies hotspots for adaptation funding

More bang for the climate buck: study identifies hotspots for adaptation funding
By combining the latest crop models and local expertise in Vietnam, Uganda and Nicaragua, scientists developed a process to pinpoint where cash crops and food security is most threatened by climate change. The tool can help streamline climate spending ...

Webinars help journalists navigate climate change and agriculture storytelling

Webinars help journalists navigate climate change and agriculture storytelling
A series of webinars on climate change and agriculture allowed a scientific experts and more than 100 journalists discuss how to cover these stories in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa and Southeast Asia ...

Using cost-benefit analysis to enhance our understanding of livestock management practices in the lowland of Ethiopia

Using cost-benefit analysis to enhance our understanding of livestock management practices in the lowland of Ethiopia
A new cost-benefit analysis by CIAT examines three practices for improved livestock management in Ethiopia: improved rangeland, restoration of degraded land, and fodder cropping. Preliminary findings suggest all three practices are better than business as usual and can be scaled up ...

Paula Paz, scientific talent for a greener world

Paula Paz, scientific talent for a greener world
Paula Paz, from CIAT's Decision and Policy Analysis (DAPA) and Agroecosystems and Sustainable Landscapes (ASL) research areas, has worked for two years with governments in Latin America to increase the adoption of Terra-i, a tool for monitoring changes in plant cover that was developed by CIAT researchers and colleagues ...

Sustainable land use systems: A way to help achieve Colombia’s climate change mitigation and peacebuilding goals

Sustainable land use systems: A way to help achieve Colombia’s climate change mitigation and peacebuilding goals
Colombia has set ambitious targets to mitigate climate change and achieve stability. One promising approach to help achieve those simultaneously is designing and promoting sustainable land use systems that incorporate the views of all the stakeholders in the value chain ...

Digital extension – a hot topic for 2019

Digital extension – a hot topic for 2019
This webinar is intended to kick-start this new debate by walking participants through three of the most exciting/groundbreaking CGIAR initiatives. Guest speakers from CIMMYT, ICRISAT and IRRI will present and discuss how they are engaging with digital extension and share their perspectives and lessons learned for this emerging sector ...

Dramatic rainfall changes for key crops expected even with reduced greenhouse gas emissions

Dramatic rainfall changes for key crops expected even with reduced greenhouse gas emissions
By 2040, rainfall on wheat, soybean, rice and maize will have changed, even if Paris Agreement emissions targets are met. Projections show parts of Europe, Africa, the Americas and Australia will be drier, while the tropics and north will be wetter ...
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Interactive Stories

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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