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CIAT leads €5.2 million project for forest conservation, climate protection and peace in Colombia

In the context of ongoing debates surrounding the recently approved Colombian National Development Plan’s deforestation targets, there is reason for optimism regarding forest conservation. In a new agreement that highlights CIAT’s commitment to working with local partners on high-priority development goals, the Center was named lead implementing organization on a four-year project called Implementation of sustainable land use systems for forest conservation, climate protection (REDD+) and peace-building in Colombia (SLUS project).

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.

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