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Building on 50 years of agricultural research

CIAT, building off 50 years of success in generating and strategically positioning knowledge to improve agricultural practices, reduce poverty and hunger... Read more

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Eating high-iron beans improves memory and attention span in female university students in Rwanda

A study published in the Journal of Nutrition shows for the first time that eating beans bred to contain higher level of iron can boost cognitive performance. For 18 weeks, 150 female Rwandan college students aged 18 to 27 ate two meals with iron-biofortified beans per day and realized significant benefits. As the iron levels improved in these women, so did their memory and attention capacity — both critical for reaching their full potential in the classroom and in life. The iron-biofortified beans were developed at CIAT using conventional plant breeding to contain almost twice as much iron as common varieties.
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Making affordable and nutritious food available for the poor in Kenya and Uganda

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Making affordable and nutritious food available for the poor in Kenya and Uganda

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Super beans help ease the hunger of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda

In 2017, South Sudan fell victim to the first famine declared since 2011. Almost six million people are still at risk of starvation. Over one million displaced Sudanese have migrated to neighboring Northern Uganda. Yet, resources to feed the influx of people fleeing South Sudan are scarce. A new hardy bean is providing a potential long term solution.
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The Philippines and CIAT build up agricultural communities’ resilience to climate change

By 2050, climate change and variability could cost the Philippine economy more than US$500 million a year. Indeed, growing water and heat stress, accrued incidence of pests and diseases, and shifts in crop suitability are among the factors expected to bring crop yields down. This will make the Philippines even more dependent on imports of staple foods such as rice, coffee, vegetables, and pork. As a response to these challenges, the Philippine Department of Agriculture launched in 2013 the Adaptation and Mitigation Initiative in Agriculture.
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Climate-proofing agriculture: the case of coffee production in Vietnam and cocoa in Ghana and Indonesia

Climate change is a serious concern for companies that market chocolate and coffee. CIAT research has revealed that an expected annual temperature rise of more than two degrees Celsius by 2050 will reduce the suitability of certain areas to produce cocoa and coffee and sometimes leave them unsuitable. But while climate change will radically affect cocoa and coffee farming in several regions of the world, actions can be taken now.
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Climate-proofing agriculture: the case of coffee production in Vietnam and cocoa in Ghana and Indonesia

Climate change is a serious concern for companies that market chocolate and coffee. CIAT research has revealed that an expected annual temperature rise of more than two degrees Celsius by 2050 will reduce the suitability of certain areas to produce cocoa and coffee and sometimes leave them unsuitable. But while climate change will radically affect cocoa and coffee farming in several regions of the world, actions can be taken now.
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Climate-proofing agriculture: the case of coffee production in Vietnam and cocoa in Ghana and Indonesia

Climate change is a serious concern for companies that market chocolate and coffee. CIAT research has revealed that an expected annual temperature rise of more than two degrees Celsius by 2050 will reduce the suitability of certain areas to produce cocoa and coffee and sometimes leave them unsuitable. But while climate change will radically affect cocoa and coffee farming in several regions of the world, actions can be taken now.
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Making agriculture a key to lasting peace in Colombia

The armed conflict in Colombia, which lasted more than 50 years, gave rise to nearly 6.9 million internally displaced people, 87 percent of whom came from the countryside.
The post-conflict scenario offers a unique opportunity for CIAT to support Colombia, its host country, by providing scientific and technical advice through various strategic approaches.
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Setting the basis for healthier diets in Cali, Colombia

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Cassava provides new economic opportunities in Central America

The Regional Program for Research and Innovation in Agricultural Value Chains (PRIICA) was implemented between 2015 and 2017 in six Central American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. Jointly with the national agricultural research institutes, Clayuca Corporation and CIAT provided technical backstopping and support specifically to strengthen the cassava agro-productive chain.
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