It’s true: construction has started on “Seeds of the Future,” CIAT’s new germplasm bank, and last Friday, all the HQ staff received an invitation that promised to turn us into the “guardians of crop diversity.” The expectations were great and so was the attendance at the event. Kellogg auditorium was filled to capacity.
A total of 200 participants, 70 oral presentations, 170 scientific posters on display, two culinary demonstrations, more than a dozen specialized sessions, visits to laboratories and field trials from the cassava program at CIAT, a new president of the ISTRC, and a touching award ceremony. These are some of the figures that show how intense and productive were those four days of work in the 18th Triennial Symposium of the International Society for Tropical Root Crops (ISTRC), that was held from October 22 to 25 at CIAT’s headquarters.
This series of videos produced during the meeting held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on 18–20 September 2018, features these and other questions addressed by experts attending the meeting.
Responding to the challenge of improving data collection and monitoring of tropical forages in Colombia, CIAT, in cooperation with the Universities of Glasgow, Bristol, Cauca, and Antioquia, developed working tools and methodologies for the collection, processing, and analysis of images.
The next agri-food revolution begins in Cali having the 18th Triennial Symposium of The International Society for Tropical Root Crops (ISTRC), which will be held from October 22 to 25 at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) headquarters, having as slogan and as guiding question: When, Where and How will Tropical Root and Tuber Crops Lead the Next Agri-Food Revolution.
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.
The battle against hunger and malnutrition in Africa is heading in a positive direction, with impressive gains made across the continent in recent decades. But governments and the private sector still have many obstacles and opportunities to definitively bring an end to these issues that affect many millions of people. Ahead of World Food Day, which this year is promoting the goal of #ZeroHunger by 2030, experts from CIAT discussed some of the urgent actions needed to help attain this goal.
CIAT and the Papalotla Group signed the agreement “Sustainable intensification for environmental benefits”. This agreement follows a long-term collaboration between both organizations, achieving a wide dissemination of hybrid pastures developed by CIAT and distributed by Papalotla, such as Cobra, Cayman, Camello, Mulato, and Mulato II.
The multi-composite, safe, nutritious, and affordable porridge flours aimed at diversifying diets of consumers have been launched in Kenya and Uganda.
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
About agrobiodiversity research at CIAT
CIAT develops more resilient and productive varieties of cassava and common bean, together with tropical forages for livestock. We also help improve rice production in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The superior crop varieties that result from our collaborative work offer many valuable traits, such as high yield and stress tolerance, which are vital for guaranteeing global food supplies in the face of rapidly rising demand, shifting disease and insect pressures, rampant environmental degradation, and the looming threat of climate change.
Director, Agrobiodiversity Research Area
This CIAT Blog was launched in January 2016. For articles related to agrobiodiversity prior to this date, visit our former blog. Please note the old AgBio blog is no longer updated.