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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.

09 May 2018 description

CIAT is rolling out climate-smart agriculture (CSA) profiles for four additional African countries. They are Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Niger, and Ethiopia.

CSA refers to practices that aim to increase farm productivity while helping farmers adapt to climate change or reduce greenhouse gas emissions, or both.

The profiles analyze such practices, but they also outline the challenges that countries face due to the changing climate and the impact that might have in the future.

They, in particular, take into account specific conditions of countries.

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?

23 Mar 2018 description

by Ángela María Morales

Faced with new weather patterns and climate variability, farmers in Honduras need to prepare for future weather conditions and climate change that could, potentially, disrupt current farming practices.

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.

20 Feb 2018 description

by Miguel Antonio Romero

The Sustainable Amazonian Landscapes (SAL) project closed the year with a voluntary agreement with the producers who stand to benefit from the project for the conservation, protection, and restoration of forests and sources of water on their farms.

20 Dec 2017 description

by Maria Eliza Villarino | Dec 20, 2017

This piece by Augusto Castro first appeared on Mongabay.

The peace deal last year in Colombia has elicited a variety of opinions. One of the loudest comes from some environmental conservation advocates who fear that it will exacerbate deforestation and shrink further the area for endangered species.

Why’s that?

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.

21 Nov 2017 description

Speech of President Juan Manuel Santos at the 50th Anniversary of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture What a great joy it is to come to Palmira, the agricultural capital of Colombia, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of an institution as valuable and important as the International Center for Tropical Agriculture.

It is an amazing thing to look back and see how much our country has changed since CIAT laid eyes on us to base its international research center.

17 Oct 2017 description

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Contact: Tom Price
Catholic Relief Services
(410) 951-7450
tom.price@crs.org

30 Sep 2017 description

Our recent study, conducted to evaluate the performance of PABRA over the last two decades, shows remarkable achievements in terms of productivity and the number of people using improved bean varieties.

Varietal output, proportion of households using the improved bean varieties and the number of improved bean varieties being used by farmers were analyzed.

15 Sep 2017 description

The climate-smart agriculture (CSA) concept reflects an ambition to further integrate agricultural development and climate responsiveness. CSA aims to achieve food security and broader development goals under a changing climate and increasing food demand. CSA initiatives sustainably increase productivity, enhance resilience, and minimise greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions. Increased planning is vital in order to address tradeoffs and synergies between the three pillars: productivity, adaptation, and mitigation [1].

15 Sep 2017 description

The climate-smart agriculture (CSA) concept reflects an ambition to improve the integration of agriculture development and climate responsiveness. It aims to achieve food security and broader development goals under a changing climate and increasing food demand. CSA initiatives sustainably increase productivity, enhance resilience, and reduce/remove greenhouse gases (GHGs), and require planning to address trade-offs and synergies between these three pillars: productivity, adaptation, and mitigation [1].

11 Sep 2017 description

The climate-smart agriculture (CSA) concept reflects an ambition to improve the integration of agriculture development and climate responsiveness. It aims to achieve food security and broader development goals under a changing climate and increasing food demand. CSA initiatives sustainably increase productivity, enhance resilience, and reduce/remove greenhouse gases (GHGs), and require planning to address tradeoffs and synergies between these three pillars: productivity, adaptation, and mitigation [1].

11 Sep 2017 description

The climate-resilient agriculture (CRA) concept reflects an ambition to improve the integration of agriculture development and climate responsiveness. It aims to achieve food security and broader development goals under a changing climate and increasing food demand. CRA initiatives sustainably increase productivity, enhance resilience, and reduce/remove greenhouse gases (GHGs), and require planning to address tradeoffs and synergies between these three pillars: productivity, adaptation, and mitigation [24].

11 Sep 2017 description

The climate-smart agriculture (CSA) concept reflects an ambition to improve the integration of agriculture development and climate responsiveness. It aims to achieve food security and broader development goals under a changing climate and increasing food demand. CSA initiatives sustainably increase productivity, enhance resilience, and reduce/remove greenhouse gases (GHGs), and require planning to address tradeoffs and synergies between these three pillars: productivity, adaptation, and mitigation [1].