New research shows impressive productivity gains and use of improved bean varieties by farmers in Malawi.
More than 300 farmers, companies, extension agents and media attended a field day at the Agriculture Seed Agency (ASA) seed farm at Ngaramtoni in Arusha, Tanzania, to raise awareness among smallholder farmer about the value of planting improved bean varieties....
Ana Maria Loboguerrero Rodriguez, CCAFS Regional Program Leader for Latin America, explains what climate-smart villages are, and what makes them a unique model for improving the lives of smallholder farmers.
LFM team of CIAT and the EDC initiative of CTA just published a new policy brief that underlines the need of a new generation of farmer cooperatives to promote and facilitate the development of local and inclusive agribusiness in Africa.
This week, African Agribusiness Incubation Network (AAIN) Chief Executive Officer Dr. Alex Ariho, and Human and Institutional, Capacity Development Officer Dr. James Aucha, visited CIAT in Nairobi to sign a Memorandum of Understanding and discuss collaboration between...
By Job Kihara, Peter Bolo, Michael Kinyua, John Mukalama, Rolf Sommer, and Andrew Margenot. “Where farmyard manure has been added, there is living soil. But the soil is dead where there is only mineral fertilizer application”. This statement by Erest Omulama, a...
Using Big Data and Machine Learning to Power a Nutrition Early Warning System (NEWS) for Africa Since at least the 1970s, food crises have seemed to strike sub-Saharan Africa with depressing frequency They often require complex and costly international responses and...
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.
This opinion piece first appeared in Kenya's Business Daily Newspaper on May 1st. As this week’s Nairobi Burger Festival draws to a close, we revisit the underlying cause of a spike in milk prices and draw attention to an issue which could bring us fewer burgers to...
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 that Cameroonians officially consume the greatest variety of food crops, or that the global average diet looks a lot like what Cape Verdeans eat every day? These are just some of the nuggets you can explore in a new interactive website on the status and trends of the global diet.
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 themes:
- Leveraging markets through improved productivity and competitiveness
- Agriculture for improved nutrition in Africa
- Transforming farms and landscapes for sustainability
- Investment planning for resilient agriculture