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2016

Drought-Resistant and High-Iron Beans Released in Uganda

Drought-Resistant and High-Iron Beans Released in Uganda

The Challenge Iron deficiency is the world’s leading nutritional ailment, particularly in developing countries. It can impair cognitive and physical development in children, while anemia, often caused by iron deficiency, increases risks to women during childbirth. Despite efforts to curb ...
New high-iron beans released in Colombia

New high-iron beans released in Colombia

The Challenge In Colombia, iron deficiency affects up to 35% of children under twelve, with hotspots in the country’s Atlantic coast and Amazon regions. Affecting up to 2 billion people globally, iron deficiency can lead to impaired cognitive and physical ...
Joining efforts to inform and influence public policy for Coffee Sector in Nariño

Joining efforts to inform and influence public policy for Coffee Sector in Nariño

The Challenge Agroecological conditions in the Department of Nariño, Colombia, are ideal for producing two high-value crops with stimulant properties: cocoa and coffee. The presence of armed actors in the region, both legal and illegal, has led to violence and ...
First Peruvian Law Established for Ecosystem Services – Update 2016

First Peruvian Law Established for Ecosystem Services – Update 2016

The Challenge The Cañete River basin in Peru is a crucial source of water for the farmers, rural families, people living in the town of Cañete, and hydropower industries. The water supply is unevenly distributed among these groups, with the ...
Creating more inclusive value chains with the LINK methodology

Creating more inclusive value chains with the LINK methodology

The Challenge Major corporations and multi-national companies have long struggled with how to connect with and include small-scale suppliers. Connecting these two groups – smallholder farms and emerging markets – requires creative solutions to allow benefits for both sides. The ...

2015

Investing in water: The Upper Tana-Nairobi Water Fund

Investing in water: The Upper Tana-Nairobi Water Fund

The Challenge Since the 1970s, forests on steep hillsides and areas of wetlands around Nairobi have been converted to agriculture. As a result, sedimentation is becoming a serious problem, reducing the capacity of reservoirs and increasing the costs for water ...
Relevant science shaping environmental policy process in Colombia

Relevant science shaping environmental policy process in Colombia

The Challenge The rapid expansion in production and consumption of animal products is increasing environmental issues related to the livestock sector worldwide. Colombia is aware of the substantial impact of livestock on the environment and is moving towards appropriate mitigation ...
Development Bank Climate Proofs Investments based on CIAT-CCAFS prioritization

Development Bank Climate Proofs Investments based on CIAT-CCAFS prioritization

The Challenge The potential effects of climate change threaten agricultural systems in Africa, including subsistence agriculture and valuable export crops such as cocoa. Investments in agricultural development are increasingly vulnerable to climate change and must take climate impacts into account ...
Local committees move Colombia towards climate-smart agriculture

Local committees move Colombia towards climate-smart agriculture

The Challenge Colombia continues to move towards adopting agricultural practices to reduce risks and maximize productivity under climatic variability. Farmers need guidance and best practices to choose crop varieties that perform better under future climate scenarios and are best suited ...
New water sources enrich lives of smallholder farmers in Honduras

New water sources enrich lives of smallholder farmers in Honduras

The Challenge In Western Honduras, more than 60% of the population lives with less than US$2 per person per day, and most farmers practice rain-fed subsistence agriculture. Variable and limited water access constrains agricultural production and poverty alleviation. The effect ...

2014

Environmental Eye from the Sky to Monitor Forests

Environmental Eye from the Sky to Monitor Forests

The Challenge The accelerated loss of forest vegetation results in dramatic changes to the way land is used, causing serious damage to biodiversity and water supply, and the regulation of greenhouse gases and other ecosystem services. Yet, in many parts ...
Small-farmers connect with multinational companies

Small-farmers connect with multinational companies

The Challenge Major corporations and multi-national companies have long struggled with how to connect with and include small-scale suppliers. Connecting these two groups -- smallholder farms and emerging markets -- requires creative solutions to allow benefits for both sides. If ...
Climate-Smart Colombia

Climate-Smart Colombia

The Challenge Colombia is highly vulnerable to global warming and climate variability. Given the extent of uncertainties in understanding how different systems, departments, and crops would likely to be affected, there is a need for policy makers to draft appropriate ...
Redistributing the benefits of a healthy watershed in Peru

Redistributing the benefits of a healthy watershed in Peru

The Challenge The Cañete River basin in Peru is a crucial source of water for the farmers, rural families, people living in the town of Cañete, and hydropower industries. The water supply is unevenly distributed among these groups, with the ...
Fighting Iron Deficiency with Biofortified Foods

Fighting Iron Deficiency with Biofortified Foods

The Challenge Malnutrition threatens millions of lives across Africa. Anemia, a condition caused by the body’s inability to carry oxygen in its blood, leads to iron deficiency and is the world’s most persistent nutritional ailment. In Rwanda, it affects nearly ...
Using Big Data to Understand Declining Rice Crop Yields in Colombia

Using Big Data to Understand Declining Rice Crop Yields in Colombia

The Challenge Climate change threatens farmers across the globe by reducing their annual crop yields. We are constantly searching for ways to reduce crop losses caused by climate variability. Farmers in Colombia have been particularly affected as rice production has ...