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This piece first appeared as a guest commentary on the website of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs.  By Mercy Lung'aho Given its impressive track record over the last 20 years, Rwanda has rightly been considered a model for reducing poverty ...

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Our land is wise: it will treat us the way we treat it

Our land is wise: it will treat us the way we treat it
18th WOCAT Networking Meeting ‒ Promoting Sustainable Land Management and Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals Seventy percent of the world's available water resources are being used in agriculture, while 43% of degradation worldwide is caused by overgrazing. These numbers demonstrate the link between agriculture and environmental harm, and underline the ...

Boosting African agribusiness with a new generation of cooperatives

LFM team of CIAT and the EDC initiative of CTA just published a new policy brief that underlines the need of a new generation of farmer cooperatives to promote and facilitate the development of local and inclusive agribusiness in Africa ...

The Great CIAT 50 Reunion, a celebration of the past to strengthen the future

“All of you here have built CIAT’S future.” This was the message that Joe Tohme, director of CIAT’s agrobiodiversity area, gave to the 500 former employees who came to the Center on June 9 to celebrate the Great Reunion, as part of the celebration of CIAT’s fiftieth anniversary, an event ...

New collaboration with AAIN to grow agri-business in Africa

New collaboration with AAIN to grow agri-business in Africa
This week, African Agribusiness Incubation Network (AAIN) Chief Executive Officer Dr. Alex Ariho, and Human and Institutional, Capacity Development Officer Dr. James Aucha, visited CIAT in Nairobi to sign a Memorandum of Understanding and discuss collaboration between the two organizations. Headquartered in Accra, Ghana, AAIN -  operational in 54 African ...

Living soils and some surprising results

By Job Kihara, Peter Bolo, Michael Kinyua, John Mukalama, Rolf Sommer, and Andrew Margenot. “Where farmyard manure has been added, there is living soil. But the soil is dead where there is only mineral fertilizer application”. This statement by Erest Omulama, a farmer in western Kenya, represents a view shared by ...

Introducing CIAT Learning Commons!

CIAT Learning Commons is a space for CIAT staff and visitors to dream up their best ideas, to work together, and to take a break from their desks ...

EATxCali Forum – A Latin American perspective on food, health and the environment

Over 80% of the Latin American population now lives in urban areas. Many of them are poor and have limited access to healthy food at affordable prices ...

Big Data and its need for unicorns

Big Data and its need for unicorns
There is no doubt that big data has become a valuable commodity for this century. A recent article in The Economist entitled Fuel of the future: Data is giving rise to a new economy states that data has become to this century what oil was to the previous one ...

What role can cacao for peace play in Colombia?

Purdue University and CIAT developed, over the course of a year or so, an analysis of the cacao production chain in Colombia, commissioned by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), in the context of the Cacao for Peace, financed by USAID ...

Good NEWS for the Fight Against Malnutrition

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 ...

What is the place of ‘resilience’ in the New Urban Agenda?

The New Urban Agenda adopted by the UN General Assembly on 23 December 2016 is centered on sustainability and equity. The vision of the declaration is one of ‘cities for all, referring to the equal use and enjoyment of cities and human settlements, seeking to promote inclusivity (…) [and] where ...

Arturo Franco, the data “Magio”

El Rolo, as he is affectionately known by his co-workers, is saying goodbye to CIAT today, after 37 years of work ...
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Interactive Stories

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

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?

In Honduras, members of the Asociación de Familias Agropecuarias Artesanales Intibucanas Lencas, ASOFAIL, strive to become the main characters in their own development. With the support of VECO MA ...
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A commitment to inclusion in Honduras

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