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16 May 2018 description

by Maria Eliza Villarino

Over the last few years, CIAT, under the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security, or CCAFS, has been promoting climate-smart agriculture, a set of practices that can boost farming yields, while enabling farmers to adapt to climate change and, where appropriate, reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Developing climate-smart agriculture (CSA) profiles for countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America forms part of this effort.

16 Apr 2018 description

Over the course of 50 years, CIAT had distinguished itself for its contributions to development through innovative agricultural research across the tropics. Building on this track record, we move forward into the next half century committed to better understanding and conserving  agro-biodiversity, enabling farmers to produce and earn more, and increasing access to nutritious and affordable food — all while reducing the footprint of agriculture on the world’s natural resources and climate.

04 Apr 2018 description

by Maria Eliza Villarino

If you were given datasets with genetic information and yields from trials of different experimental maize hybrids, along with information on soil conditions and recorded weather of a U.S. growing region, how will you predict the performance of these hybrids?

And what if the genetic information dataset included an average of 12,000 genetic markers or unique DNA sequences to identify each hybrid?

20 Mar 2018 description

by Madelline Romero

With the number of hydro-meteorological events such as storms, floods, heat/cold wave, droughts, on the rise due to a changing, warming climate, the world also witnesses a rise in frequency of natural disasters. Of the total damage and loss caused by natural hazards in developing countries between 2003 and 2013, 22 percent occurred in the agricultural sector, according to data by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

13 Dec 2017 description

by Maria Eliza Villarino | Dec 13, 2017

Back in 2000, Francisco Morales, then virologist and now emeritus at CIAT, led a survey of plant viruses present in Colombia. He and his team discovered geminiviruses, or Geminiviridae, that were infecting wild plants or weeds.

17 Oct 2017 description

IITA, CIAT and CRS join forces to use research to transform farmers’ lives


Contact: Tom Price
Catholic Relief Services
(410) 951-7450

30 May 2017 description

by Georgina Smith

Using Big Data and Machine Learning to Power a Nutrition Early Warning System (NEWS) for Africa

Since at least the 1970s, food crises have seemed to strike sub-Saharan Africa with depressing frequency

They often require complex and costly international responses and can produce a sense of hopelessness that this region is somehow fated to suffer an endless cycle of food-related disasters, leaving millions of people facing chronic malnutrition and death.

24 Jan 2016 description

January 22, 2016 by Georgina Smith

Cassava is a crop that likes a challenge. It can tolerate drought, heat or infertile soils as agriculture intensifies and populations grow. It is a carbohydrate source for 500 million people globally and a staple in Africa, Asia and South America, accounting for 53, 33 and 14 percent of global production respectively.

29 Sep 2015 description

A large proportion of families in East Africa struggle daily with food insecurity and malnutrition. These families are forced to subsist on as little as two hectares of land. They are restricted not only by the quantity of land, but also by the quality, since much of the soils in East Africa have low organic matter and poor soil fertility.

30 Jun 2015 description

African crops and livestock in a changing climate
June 29, 2015 by Julian Ramirez-Villegas
Cross-posted from the CCAFS blog.
Download the full report here

08 May 2015 description

In line with the goal of eradicating hunger and malnutrition through improved access to adequate, affordable, and healthy food, BMZ (the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development) has made an important investment in the conservation and use of uniquely valuable crop genetic resources held at CIAT. The special One World, No Hunger grant will strengthen food security by contributing to major advances, such as the recent discovery of heat-tolerant beans.

26 Nov 2014 description

The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS) in collaboration with NUI Galway has embarked on a research project that strives to biofortify and climate-proof common food crops for maternal and child nutrition in some of the most affected parts of Africa – namely Malawi, Zambia and Tanzania.

10 Nov 2014 description

November 7, 2014 by Juliet Braslow

Another step forward in addressing the yield gap

What are the low hanging fruit in reducing yield gaps and enhancing food security? Well it may not be fruit, per se, but basic techniques farmers can practice. A new CIAT-led publication presents an agronomic survey methodology which does just that – it presents a basket of options for boosting farm productivity which farmers can adapt to their social and economic context.

26 Sep 2013 description

Latin America and the Caribbean is known for its incredible diversity of people, plants, animals, and ecosystems , but despite a collective reputation for contrast and extremes, all countries in the region have one thing in common: the serious impact that climate change is likely to have on their rural populations and agricultural systems.

21 May 2012 description

From the Neolithic Revolution to the Green Revolution, farmers have always sought to use their land, labor, and other resources more efficiently. But in recent years, this abiding concern has become especially urgent and worrisome. Farming communities and whole societies have awakened to the huge costs of over-using chemical inputs and mining earth’s resources unsustainably to raise agricultural productivity in response to rapidly growing demand.

01 Aug 2008 description

This guide presents a seven-step method for assessing the security of farmers' seed systems in situations of acute or chronic stress.

01 Apr 2006 description

Seed aid needs to be improved. Case studies show seed-based agricultural recovery is more complex than commonly assumed.