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.
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“The main advantage of Terra-i is that it produces a monthly report of high-resolution data and imagery refreshed every 16 days,” says CIAT’s Louis Reymondin, co-developer of the forest monitoring system. “It is the only tool that is global in scope and yet can be calibrated according to a country’s specific context.”
“People […] don’t consider that even if we had heat- and drought-tolerant cocoa varieties available today, and a system to distribute them to farmers, it would take more than 20 years to replace existing plantations. But we don’t have these varieties, and we don’t have such a system. For that reason, it’s vital to look at climate-smart agricultural (CSA) practices that can be implemented quickly and effectively,” said Christian Bunn, a postdoctoral fellow at CIAT.
That is a “serious concern for the future,” noted Mondelez International, which owns confectionery brands Oreo, Cadbury, and Toblerone, in a position paper it released last year.
Dr. Laura Murray-Kolb, at the Pennsylvania State University and lead author of the paper said: “This is the first scientific evidence we have that iron-biofortified beans can improve cognition in women during this critical phase of their lives.”
“Our work highlights that iron deficiency may disadvantage young women in their academic prospects and careers. Without addressing malnutrition, we cannot expect our people and economies to reach their full potential. Our young people are behind in the race before it has even started,” Dr. Mercy Lung'aho, CIAT nutritionist, added.
“We are intensifying our breeding programs to respond to multiple challenges facing our farmers: this includes breeding beans that are not only high in iron content but also drought tolerant, high yielding, pest and disease resilient and fit the demands of consumers.”
Dr. Steve Beebe, leader of CIAT’s Bean Program, believes that high-iron beans can be part of a response to tackle malnutrition. “We need firm policy action, to advocate for food systems that include foods improved for their nutritional value,” he said. “We also need to holistically address a whole range of health factors, from more nutritious diets at household level to education and awareness about healthy diets.”
“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).