CIAT develops crops, agricultural practices, interventions, and policies to maximize health and nutrition benefits.
We move smallholder agriculture from subsistence to profit, and ensure all children, women and men have access to affordable and healthy food through sustainable food systems.
CIAT helps communities, regions, and countries strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to the impacts of climate change and extreme events.
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“We have used the tools made available by CIAT, which is very important in identifying the most vulnerable communities and prioritizing where we put our limited government resources,” says Alicia Ilaga, then Director of the Department of Agriculture Systems-wide Climate Change Office (DA-SWCCO).
“[We] should start thinking about … biodiversifying our diets. We have the tools … it’s the genetic diversity that’s being conserved in our genebanks,” said Peter Wenzl, Leader of Genetic Resources at CIAT, during the #CIAT50 celebrations at the Center’s headquarters in Cali, Colombia.
“I think [Future Seeds] is a strategic investment: It’s a strategic idea to be implemented in a strategic location at a very critical time,” said Wenzl, alluding to Colombia, which is among the most biodiverse countries in the world.