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“We are receiving a free subsidy from nature, but it will not continue indefinitely” – Louis Verchot

“We are receiving a free subsidy from na...

“Many findings are important for us and for policy makers around the world. The report shows that land is both a source and a sink of greenhouse gases. Currently, land absorbs 22% of our greenhouse gas emissions and such absorption ...

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The champion who evaluates and maps soils to grow cacao

The champion who evaluates and maps soils to grow cacao
Since June, 2018, Mayesse Da Silva, Soil Scientist at CIAT, has been working with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and USDA-FAS on the characterization and detailed mapping of cacao soils in Colombia under the “Cacao for Peace (CfP)” program ...

Jefferson Valencia is Awarded a Fellowship to attend Purdue University

Jefferson Valencia is Awarded a Fellowship to attend Purdue University
CIAT is proud! Jefferson Valencia, young scientist from the Agroecosystems and Sustainable Landscapes (ASL) area at CIAT, was awarded a Borlaug fellowship and will attend Purdue University in Indiana, United States, to pursue an internship to implement a hydrological assessment based on GIS (Geographic Information Systems) to optimize cacao production ...

“We are receiving a free subsidy from nature, but it will not continue indefinitely” – Louis Verchot

“We are receiving a free subsidy from nature, but it will not continue indefinitely” – Louis Verchot
“Many findings are important for us and for policy makers around the world. The report shows that land is both a source and a sink of greenhouse gases. Currently, land absorbs 22% of our greenhouse gas emissions and such absorption has increased as our emissions have increased. Therefore, we are ...

Artificial intelligence helps banana growers protect the world’s most favorite fruit

Artificial intelligence helps banana growers protect the world’s most favorite fruit
Using artificial intelligence, scientists created an easy-to-use tool to detect banana diseases and pests. With an average 90 percent success rate in detecting a pest or a disease, the tool can help farmers avoid millions of dollars in losses ...

Heat-tolerant wild beans tapped to breed commercial beans for hotter climates

Heat-tolerant wild beans tapped to breed commercial beans for hotter climates
Using the genetic traits of a wild bean species, CIAT and the Crop Trust are breeding heat-tolerant common beans to benefit farmers in Latin America and Africa ...

Preparing Ghanaian cocoa farmers for changing climate conditions

Preparing Ghanaian cocoa farmers for changing climate conditions
CIAT collaborates with CocoaLink to help young farmers mitigate the negative effects of climate change through digital maps. Get critical information on cocoa and agricultural tips by downloading CocoaLink mobile application ...

Partnerships accelerating gains towards food security

Partnerships accelerating gains towards food security
Towards the end July, National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) representatives from eight countries in Sub Saharan Africa and South Asia converged in Tanzania to take stock of the concluding Tropical Legumes project that has been going on for the past 12 years. The Tropical legumes (TL) project was in three ...

Fernando Correa passes the baton to María Fernanda Álvarez

Fernando Correa passes the baton to María Fernanda Álvarez
After four years at CIAT as the leader of the Rice Program, Fernando Correa passes the baton to María Fernanda Álvarez, the new leader, as of August 12. Here is a piece of his story ...

What do you mean the hamburger isn’t all that American?

What do you mean the hamburger isn’t all that American?
Scientists and graphic designers are joining forces to strengthen the communication power of research through attractive, informative, and even surprising visuals ...

Lizette Díaz: a charcoal that could open a ‘black box’

Lizette Díaz: a charcoal that could open a ‘black box’
Lizette had been with CIAT for more than a decade finally crystallized, and she joined the Sustainable Food Systems Program to coordinate the development of three sectoral strategies and their respective research agendas, aimed at healing the technological gaps in the hillside Hass avocado, pineapple, and blackberry value chains, in ...

Partnering with the seed industry to redefine the Latin American forages market

Partnering with the seed industry to redefine the Latin American forages market
Meat and dairy products are central to the Latin American diet, and livestock is a source of income for over 600 million people living on less than US $1 per day around the world. Historically, a lack of quality forage crops has restricted production and increased the environmental impact of ...

Convention on Biological Diversity adopts indicator to track conservation of useful plants

Convention on Biological Diversity adopts indicator to track conservation of useful plants
Developed by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture and the Crop Trust, the indicator provides an official marker for thousands of economically and culturally important plants. It shows conservation goals set for 2020 will be hard to attain ...
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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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