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The Germplasm Health Unit at CIAT was Officially Registered

The Germplasm Health Unit (GHU), which is part of the Genetic Resources Program at CIAT, obtained Official Registration as an approved laboratory to conduct phytosanitary diagnoses, through a resolution issued by the Government of Colombia, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MADR), and the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA).

Low emission livestock – how to quantify gains across Africa?

Livestock, and especially its environmental impacts, have been hotly debated in public, science and policy arenas since more than a decade. The recently published EAT-Lancet report re-fueled the discussion, calling for reduction in consumption of animal source foods for benefits of human health and the environment. However, many voices from across Africa feel that the call for reduction of livestock production and consumption should be much more clearly targeted to industrialized countries, not regions with predominantly smallholder systems and low meat consumption.

CIAT Africa and CSAYN Kenya sign agreement to support young “agripreneurs”

To expand its support for young agricultural entrepreneurs, or “agripreneurs,” and to help cultivate the next crop of farmers in Africa, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) signed a hosting and collaboration agreement with the Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN) in Kenya. The agreement will have the network’s Kenya chapter hosted at CIAT Africa’s regional office in Nairobi and outlines collaborations.

Climate-smart coffee in Uganda

At the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) we believe that adaptation to climate change should not be driven by a long series of bitter experiences of failed harvests. This is why we are part of the Feed the Future Alliance for Resilient Coffee, a consortium of non-governmental organizations and research institutions working at the intersection of climate change and coffee production.

Climate Smart Agriculture for Transformed Livelihoods

Caroline Mwongera grew up in a vibrant farm in the slopes of Mount Kenya, a mid-altitude zone where the community grew maize, beans and fruits such as banana, mango and avocado. Despite the pleasant memories, she remembers vividly communities from the lower altitudes, which were semi-arid, coming to ask for food because of drought. These occurrences would arouse her curiosity to understand and address this disparity, where one community had plenty of food and the neighboring community often faced hunger.

Strengthening institutional and human capacity on National Livestock Market Information system in Ethiopia

Even with the largest livestock population in Africa, Ethiopia does not benefit from its livestock resource due to various factors. The absence of strong market information system is one of the key challenges that resulted in a collaboration between the government of Ethiopia through the Ministry of Agriculture and International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) to address this challenge by developing human capacity on national livestock market information system (NLMIS).

Bioversity International to mark 45th anniversary

CIAT’s Alliance partner, Bioversity International, celebrates its 45th anniversary on May 20. In collaboration with the Government of Italy – the Center’s host nation – and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Bioversity will mark the day with an event in Rome that will be livestreamed here.

The Sustainable Orinoco Pact sponsored a one day Initiatives Fair

he Sustainable Orinoco Pact sponsored a one-day Initiatives Fair just outside of the region’s major city Villavicencio yesterday. The event brought together 51 organizations and 86 individuals to discuss ongoing projects around sustainable development in Colombia’s Orinoquia region.

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