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2016 Highlights

Peter Wenzl – Seeds, climate, and diets in the 21st century

Peter Wenzl – Seeds, climate, and diets in the 21st century

Peter Wenzl, Program Leader, Genetic Resources “Genebanks are the raw material with which to reshape agriculture and improve diets for the 21st century” Seeds, climate, and diets in the 21st century We are what we eat, but what we eat may need to change. That’s...

Birthe Paul – Livestock: the untold story

Birthe Paul – Livestock: the untold story

Birthe Paul, Environmental Scientist “For millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa, livestock are indispensable. They're not mass-produced on factory farms, but raised by family farmers in rural areas” Livestock: the untold story For me, there are two sides to every...

Dindo Campilan – The changing face of agri-entrepreneurs in Asia

Dindo Campilan – The changing face of agri-entrepreneurs in Asia

Dindo Campilan, Regional Director, Asia “In the not-too-distant future, agriculture will become synonymous with innovation, tech-savviness, profitability, and ‘green’ credentials” The changing face of agri-entrepreneurs in Asia We often hear and read about the...

Andy Jarvis – Why big data will shake up farming

Andy Jarvis – Why big data will shake up farming

[Photo: FAO-Giuseppe Carotenuto] Andy Jarvis, Director, Decision and Policy Analysis Research Area @ajarviscali “The notion of the smallholder farmer – hoe in hand, tilling the land – is living on borrowed time. Very soon they will have a smartphone in one hand and...

Jennifer Twyman – Creating more opportunities for women and men

Jennifer Twyman – Creating more opportunities for women and men

Jennifer Twyman, Social Scientist “We can only begin to change gender norms if we are aware of them” Creating more opportunities for women and men On my first trip to Western Kenya in 2005, I visited a small orphanage where I was struck by how limited their future...

Ngonidzashe Chirinda – The future is full of green cows

Ngonidzashe Chirinda – The future is full of green cows

Ngonidzashe Chirinda, Farming System Specialist @nchirinda1 “I’ve seen first-hand how animals can be raised sustainably and profitably. We don’t have to dream about it – it’s happening right now” The future is full of green cows For me it’s a travesty that livestock...

Clare Mukankusi – Beans without borders

Clare Mukankusi – Beans without borders

Clare Mukankusi, Plant Breeder @CtMugisha ‏ “The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) is a free trade area for 20 countries, which has allowed us to significantly speed up the release of new beans” Beans without borders My dream has always been to...

Colin Khoury – The future of food: take a walk on the wild side

Colin Khoury – The future of food: take a walk on the wild side

Colin Khoury, Crop Diversity Specialist @ColinKhoury “Crop wild relatives and ancient, barely domesticated crop varieties hold the secrets to breeding crops of the future” The future of food: take a walk on the wild side I think the future is going to be a lot wilder...

Debisi Araba – African agriculture: paving the way to prosperity

Debisi Araba – African agriculture: paving the way to prosperity

Debisi Araba, Regional Director, Africa @DebisiAraba “As Africa transforms, we want to ensure that farmers’ investments in agriculture become a conduit for better financial, social, and health outcomes” African agriculture: paving the way to prosperity My grandfather...

2016 Highlights

High-iron beans reduce iron deficiency in just a few months

High-iron beans reduce iron deficiency in just a few months

Eating specially bred high-iron beans twice a day for just four and a half months reduced iron deficiency and anemia in young women in Rwanda, according to research published in 2016. Iron deficiency is the world’s leading nutritional ailment, particularly in...

A new “super-food” for Colombia

A new “super-food” for Colombia

New high-iron beans were officially released in Colombia in June 2016. They contain as much as 60% more iron than normal beans, and are intended to address the problem of iron deficiency in diets. Affecting up to 2 billion people globally, iron deficiency can lead to...

“Magic beans” beat Malawi’s worst drought in 30 years

“Magic beans” beat Malawi’s worst drought in 30 years

In 2016, Malawi suffered the worst drought in 30 years, attributed to a particularly severe El Niño weather cycle. It left the country’s central and southern maize-growing areas in ruin. But while the maize withered, some beans developed by CIAT and its partners were...

Farmers in Uganda team up with scientists to find better beans

Farmers in Uganda team up with scientists to find better beans

Sunny Mbeeta Abwooli knows how to whip up a delicious meal, especially when it involves one of her favorite ingredients: beans. “We have many varieties of beans in Uganda,” says Sunny, pointing to a basket of different kinds of beans. “They are different in color,...