Cassava processing for starch in Vietnam. Photo by G. Smith/CIAT

New technologies make cassava processing more efficient and sustainable

Feb 10, 2016 Holly Holmes

As the global cassava industry continues to grow, new processing technologies are helping factories to reduce energy losses. The farming and post-harvest processing of cassava is a major economic activity throughout much of South-East Asia, Africa and Latin America. In Africa and Latin America, cassava is a staple food for 500 million people and is […]

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A chef showing the different potatoes used in Hatunpa

Hatunpa restaurant revitalizing the native potato in Arequipa

Feb 1, 2016 Holly Holmes

Blog by Graham Thiele, RTB Program Director At the beginning of January I visited the Hatunpa restaurant just round the corner from the magnificent Santa Catalina Convent in Arequipa. Hatunpa only serve potatoes and especially native potatoes! Cesar Torres, who runs the restaurant together with chef Cecilia Guerra Cornejo, explained to me that the restaurant […]

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CIP Leads Initiative to Understand how Climate Change Affects Pests

Jan 22, 2016 Web Master

  Weather station with farmers and project team members from RAB and CIP The Paris Agreement of December 2015 heralds a greater global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the effects of climate change, yet farmers around the world are already dealing with the consequences of a warming atmosphere. While more frequent droughts […]

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Junhong Qin, Research Assistant, CIP, surveys a local potato farmer.

Assessing the impact of Cooperation-88 potatoes in China

Jan 14, 2016 Holly Holmes

Potatoes came to China in the early 1600s but were not a major crop until the 1980s. By 1993, China became the world’s largest potato producer, and in 2014, it produced 96 million metric tons – twice as much as India, the second largest producing country[i]. This significant growth in potato production highlights how important […]

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Women play important roles in the processing and sale of cassava. Photo by N.Palmer/CIAT

Queen’s Anniversary Prize for ground-breaking work on cassava awarded to RTB partner, NRI

Jan 11, 2016 Holly Holmes

World-leading research and development on cassava by the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich (NRI) has been honored with a prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is to present the university with a silver gilt medallion and prize-winner’s certificate during a special reception at Buckingham […]

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SciDev – Africa’s top science stories from first half of 2015

Jan 13, 2016 Holly Holmes

As 2015 comes to an end, we highlight science articles published by SciDev.Net’s Sub-Saharan Africa English regional edition that were most popular with our audiences by the end of June. Many top stories had agricultural ‘flavor’, which attests to the huge impact of agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa, but other stories that many readers viewed included […]

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“Orphan Crops”: What They Are, Why They Matter and What’s Being Done

Nov 5, 2015 Holly Holmes

Ever wake up craving some finger millet, or sit down in front of a movie with some nice groundnut? Probably not. Finger millet and groundnut, along with tef, yam, cassava, and others, are part of a class of crops that’s often called “orphan crops” because they tend to receive less attention. Orphan crops may not […]

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Farmers trained in silage production

Oct 7, 2015 Holly Holmes

Some 28 agriculture officials and farmers have been trained in silage production for pigs at Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute, Kabanyolo, Uganda, containing sweetpotato vines and unwanted roots. The training, sweetpotato production, management and utilization workshop for training of trainers was organised by the International Potato Center (CIP) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). […]

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