Latin America and the Caribbean
A few years ago, Elena Patricia Ulloa and Jesús Velasco took a hard look at their small dairy farm and decided things needed to improve. So they got involved with their local farmers association, took on some debt to invest in their farm, and undertook a slow transformation of their tiny operation.
She was born on the farm, grew up there, and today she is a prosperous tomato producer, but not just any tomato! It is an organic tomato produced in a sustainable way and adapted to the temperate climate of her region.
In the five years that have passed since CIAT’s current strategy (2014–2020)1 was prepared, we have embraced new initiatives such as sustainable food systems, big data, and land restoration. We have also incorporated into our agenda the mandates of the UN Sustainable Development Goals2 and the Paris Agreement on climate change while maintaining our focus on impact at global, regional, national, and
Promotion of good productive practices through sustainable incentives and strengthening of green business models in two Conservation Corridors of the USAID Natural Wealth Program in the dry tropical forest.
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), from the UK Research and Innovation initiative, it’s working with CIAT and three UK Universities in two projects to improve pasture management and cut greenhouse gases (GHG) from cattle, in partnership.
CIAT and several Colombian and U.K.-based organizations are partnering to develop a platform that will allow rice and palm growers in Colombia to have thriving livelihoods without harming the environment.
BioTerra es un sistema innovador de monitoreo de la biodiversidad y sus amenazas desarrollado por el Programa Riqueza Natural de la Agencia de los Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional (USAID), y sus socios locales—el Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT) y el Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humboldt—para apoyar al gobierno colombiano en el cumplimiento de las metas y compromisos de conservación de la biodiversidad. Este sistema busca complementar y aunar esfuerzos existentes de monitoreo de la biodiversidad y sus amenazas, a nivel nacional y regional.
CIAT and FLAR are collaborating to breed more rice varieties that are highly resistant to a virus that can cause up to 70 percent yield loss.
CIAT’s team took part this year in the Syngenta Crop Challenge in analytics. After intense work in preparing our submission, we couldn’t lower the error of our model anymore. But when the team submitted its proposal to the Challenge, back in March this year, we did not really know what to expect from it, as we had no idea of the real potential of those datasets we worked on…
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CIAT in Latin America
Through our work in one of the most ecologically and agriculturally diverse regions on the planet, we aim to ensure that the whole world benefits from agricultural innovations developed in Latin America and the Caribbean.
With its wealth of natural resources, wide pool of human talent, and strong record of technological innovation, the region has great potential for restoring degraded lands, achieving sustainable agricultural development, and strengthening global food security.
South America and the Caribbean Regional Coordinator
Central America Coordinator (Managua)