CIRAD - Actualités / News - adresse site = http://www.cirad.fr - Langue = eng-GB http://www.cirad.fr/en/rss/cirad-actualites-news eng-GB CIRAD supports the March for Science http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/articles/2017/events/cirad-supports-the-march-for-science http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/articles/2017/events/cirad-supports-the-march-for-science <p> Along with the National Research Alliance for the Environment, AllEnvi, of which it is a founding member, CIRAD is supporting the March for Science to be held worldwide on 22 April. </p> Fri, 14 Apr 2017 15:26:38 +0200 Agricultural research and training: the AUF and CIRAD renew their partnership http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/press-releases/2017/auf-cirad-partnership-renewed http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/press-releases/2017/auf-cirad-partnership-renewed <p> CIRAD and the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) signed a general partnership agreement this friday 14 April, with a view to strengthening scientific partnerships within the French-speaking world in the fields of agricultural training and research. </p> Fri, 14 Apr 2017 11:30:24 +0200 Rural territories, a prime site for change http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/articles/2017/events/a-look-back-at-a-conference-on-living-rural-territories http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/articles/2017/events/a-look-back-at-a-conference-on-living-rural-territories <p> Territories are secure places in which stakeholders are rediscovering their power, places for dialogue and social cohesion, and places for innovative economic partnerships, and bear witness to the resurgence of the local level in an increasingly fragmented world. These were the key messages put across at a conference, <em>Des territoires ruraux vivants pour transformer le monde,</em> organized by CIRAD and the AFD on 27 February 2017 during the Paris International Agricultural Show. Watch interviews with four of the contributors, illustrating the novel role played by territories in sustainable development against a backdrop of globalization (videos in French). </p> Wed, 12 Apr 2017 12:35:33 +0200 BREEDCAFS, an EU research project adapting coffee varieties for agroforestry http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/articles/2017/science/breedcafs-new-coffee-varieties-for-agroforestry http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/articles/2017/science/breedcafs-new-coffee-varieties-for-agroforestry <p> Agroforestry is one way of adapting coffee production to climate change, but few varieties are suitable. BREEDCAFS, a new project led by CIRAD and funded by the EU H2020 programme, aims to diversify the range of varieties available for this more sustainable production method. Two European roasters will be involved in choosing varieties over the course of the project, which is due to begin in April. They will be put in contact with coffee growers practising agroforestry in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Vietnam and Cameroon. </p> Tue, 04 Apr 2017 14:29:28 +0200 4th World Congress on Agroforestry: Strengthening Links between Science, Society and Policy http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/articles/2017/events/4th-world-congress-on-agroforestry http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/articles/2017/events/4th-world-congress-on-agroforestry <p> Montpellier has been chosen to host the 4th World Congress on Agroforestry from 20 to 25 May 2019. Organization of the congress, which is held every five years and has never previously been held in Europe, will be led by CIRAD and INRA, in partnership with Agropolis International. More than a thousand participants from both temperate and tropical zones all over the world are expected. They will be discussing the issues surrounding agroforestry, notably the way in which research results can fuel societal debate and public decision-making. </p> Mon, 03 Apr 2017 14:28:27 +0200 Sustainable Agricultural Landscapes in Southeast Asia: A successful launch for the SALSA partnership platform in Malaysia and Indonesia http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/press-releases/2017/a-successful-launch-for-the-salsa-partnership-platform-in-malaysia-and-indonesia http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/press-releases/2017/a-successful-launch-for-the-salsa-partnership-platform-in-malaysia-and-indonesia <p> Michel Eddi, CEO of CIRAD, joined the President of the French Republic François Hollande during his State visit to Southeast Asia on March 28-30, 2017. On this occasion, he initiated with several CIRAD partners the construction of the SALSA (Sustainable Agricultural Landscapes in Southeast Asia) platform in partnership dedicated to the sustainability of perennial crop systems throughout the region. The launch of this ambitious scientific platform, in which training will be a pivotal component, was formalized by the signing of two multilateral agreements, under the patronage of the French Head of State, in the presence of the Prime Minister of the Malaysian Government and the President of the Republic of Indonesia. </p> Fri, 31 Mar 2017 10:03:15 +0200 Supporting cooperation between the EU and Africa on digital infrastructures for higher education and research http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/press-releases/2017/digital-infrastructures-boosting-cooperation-between-the-eu-and-africa http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/press-releases/2017/digital-infrastructures-boosting-cooperation-between-the-eu-and-africa <p> <strong>On 29 March 2017, Abidjan hosted the feedback meeting for the <a href="http://www.tandem-wacren.eu/" title="TANDEM (nouvelle fenêtre)" target="_blank">TANDEM</a> (<em>TransAfrican Network Development</em> ) project. The project, funded by the European Commission, set out to boost cooperation between the EU and West and Central Africa on digital infrastructures for higher education and research.</strong> </p> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:32:35 +0200 The CIRAD website is now mobile-friendly http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/articles/2017/ca-vient-de-sortir/the-cirad-website-is-now-mobile-friendly http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/articles/2017/ca-vient-de-sortir/the-cirad-website-is-now-mobile-friendly <p> The CIRAD website is now available in a version optimized for smartphone screens. This mobile version is easier to navigate and more comfortable to read, to facilitate access to information. This is an advantage for anyone wanting to know more about CIRAD, particularly in Africa, where for want of other infrastructures, information is primaily accessed via smartphones. </p> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:19:52 +0100 Transformations agricoles et agroalimentaires - Entre écologie et capitalisme http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/articles/2017/ca-vient-de-sortir/transformations-agricoles-et-agroalimentaires http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/articles/2017/ca-vient-de-sortir/transformations-agricoles-et-agroalimentaires <p> This work provides a synthesis of recent research on the evolution of agriculture and food in a capitalist system. It is based on approaches not well known in France such as international political economics and ecological economics.<br />It studies agricultural processing in terms of ecology, history and geopolitics and traces specific aspects of agriculture and food in the 21st century. Lastly, it proposes theoretical approaches with a view to renewing the agricultural economy. </p> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:21:59 +0100 PROIntensAfrica: Building blocks for a research partnership between Europe and Africa http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/press-releases/2017/prointensafrica-building-blocks-for-a-research-partnership-between-europe-and-africa http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/press-releases/2017/prointensafrica-building-blocks-for-a-research-partnership-between-europe-and-africa <p> <strong>The expected growth of the world population to 9 billion in 2050 and the changing diets will affect food availability drastically. Therefore improving food and nutrition security and ensuring the sustainability of agriculture is a global issue for the years to come. African and European researchers have agreed to jointly engage in the preparation of a new, long-term and ambitious partnership to solve these issues. </strong> </p> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:41:33 +0100 Animal disease management: when efficacy rhymes with acceptability http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/press-releases/2017/animal-disease-management-when-efficacy-rhymes-with-acceptability http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/press-releases/2017/animal-disease-management-when-efficacy-rhymes-with-acceptability <p class="MsoNormal"> <strong>The efficacy of animal disease surveillance systems depends primarily on the quality of the data gathered in the field, yet the factors that influence their quality are seldom assessed. Two studies in Vietnam and Germany by researchers from CIRAD and their partners have revealed that it is vital to take account of socioeconomic and cultural parameters to limit the bias linked to under-declaration of diseases. This innovative economic evaluation work could serve as a basis for the authorities to improve surveillance systems, and the integrated approach taken could rapidly be transposed and adapted to current crises (avian influenza) or potential threats (African swine fever, lumpy skin disease).</strong> </p> Tue, 07 Mar 2017 16:01:36 +0100 CIRAD and the French Alliance for Sustainable Palm Oil have agreed on a three-year partnership http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/press-releases/2017/cirad-and-the-french-alliance-for-sustainable-palm-oil-have-agreed-on-a-three-year-partnership http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/press-releases/2017/cirad-and-the-french-alliance-for-sustainable-palm-oil-have-agreed-on-a-three-year-partnership <p class="MsoNormal"> <strong>Paris, 27 February 2017. During the Paris International Agricultural Show, Michel Eddi, President Managing Director of the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), and Guillaume Réveilhac, President of the French Alliance for Sustainable Palm Oil, announced the signing of a three-year partnership agreement, in front of an audience of NGOs and representatives of public authorities. The partnership will draw on CIRAD's expertise to support the Alliance's work with its members to develop the sustainable palm oil chain and protect biodiversity in Southeast Asia.</strong> </p> Tue, 28 Feb 2017 17:07:16 +0100 CIRAD and the ENVT join forces to train animal health managers in the South http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/press-releases/2017/signing-cirad-envt-training-for-animal-health-managers-in-the-south http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/press-releases/2017/signing-cirad-envt-training-for-animal-health-managers-in-the-south <p> CIRAD President Managing Director Michel Eddi and Isabelle Chmitelin, Dean of the Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Toulouse (ENVT), signed a general agreement on 27 February for cooperation on training, research and expertise over the coming five years. The aim is to promote their complementarities and foster collaboration and synergies with a view to establishing a long-term partnership in the field of animal health and of its possible consequences for human health. </p> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:28:03 +0100 Guiana Shield: world gold prices determine the extent of deforestation http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/press-releases/2017/guiana-shield-world-gold-prices-determine-the-extent-of-deforestation http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/press-releases/2017/guiana-shield-world-gold-prices-determine-the-extent-of-deforestation <p> <strong>That old safe haven, gold, could well seal the destiny of at least part of the forests of the Guiana Shield. This is what emerged from work by researchers from CIRAD, the CNRS and the University of Guyana, published in the journal <em>Environmental Research Letters</em> . For the first time, the scientists involved used maps of annual deforestation based on high-resolution satellite images to examine the impact of gold mining on the tropical rainforests of the Guiana Shield between 2001 and 2014. This new analysis, which covered Guyana, Surinam, French Guiana and the Brazilian state of Amapá, showed that when gold prices rise, deforestation increases, and that when they fall, deforestation decreases. It also revealed subtantial disparities from one country to another, which would warrant drafting more coordinated regulatory policies on the scale of the Shield, and casts doubt on the relevance of global deforestation control mechanisms such as REDD+.</strong> </p> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:39:18 +0100 Montpellier University of Excellence is born http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/articles/2017/institutionnel/montpellier-university-of-excellence http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/articles/2017/institutionnel/montpellier-university-of-excellence <p> The MUSE (Montpellier UniverSity of Excellence) project was launched with the aim of founding an internationally recognized university that would make Montpellier the European capital of health and the agro-environment. The project, submitted by the University of Montpellier in response to the I-Site project launched by the French government, has just been selected for funding. MUSE associates all the research establishments, the university and four <em>grandes écoles</em> in Montpellier. CIRAD played an active part in this success. </p> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:44:56 +0100 Conférence « Des territoires ruraux vivants pour transformer le monde » http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/press-releases/2017/des-territoires-ruraux-vivants-pour-transformer-le-monde http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/press-releases/2017/des-territoires-ruraux-vivants-pour-transformer-le-monde <p class="MsoNormal"> Construction des pouvoirs, amélioration de la gestion des ressources écologiques, ancrage des identités et traditions culturelles, rétablissement du lien entre villes et campagne… Les territoires sont un puissant levier de développement durable et de cohésion sociale. Pour souligner leur importance, le Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (Cirad) et l’Agence Française de Développement (AFD) leur consacrent <strong>une matinée de conférence le lundi 27 février, à partir de 9 h 30</strong> . </p> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:13:57 +0100 Production et circulation des normes pour l'action territoriale http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/articles/2017/ca-vient-de-sortir/production-et-circulation-des-normes-pour-l-action-territoriale http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/articles/2017/ca-vient-de-sortir/production-et-circulation-des-normes-pour-l-action-territoriale <p> This book takes a new look at the current process of production and circulation of norms for territorial action, from a doubly off-centred perspective. On the one hand, it takes account of a wide range of international experiences , and on the other of the knowledge and analyses resulting from various scientific disciplines. </p> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:54:31 +0100 Living territories: a report explaining the key role of rural territories in sustainable development http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/articles/2017/ca-vient-de-sortir/living-territories-understanding-the-key-role-of-rural-territories http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/articles/2017/ca-vient-de-sortir/living-territories-understanding-the-key-role-of-rural-territories <p class="MsoNormal"> <strong>Rural territories are a strong force for change with a view to achieveing the sustainable Development Goals. Their stakeholders play a major role in their dynamics, enabling the invention of new forms of governance. What are the many issues linked to rural territories? How is research working to understand and support the dynamics of territorial development? The answers are in CIRAD's new topical report on living territories. English version available shortly.</strong> </p> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:54:55 +0100 Patrick Caron: "Rural territories are forces for sustainable development" http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/articles/2017/questions-a/patrick-caron-rural-territories-are-forces-for-sustainable-development http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/articles/2017/questions-a/patrick-caron-rural-territories-are-forces-for-sustainable-development <p> How can rural territories contribute, both locally and globally, to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals? This is the question tackled by a <a href="/en/news/all-news-items/articles/2017/ca-vient-de-sortir/des-territoires-vivants-pour-transformer-le-monde" target="_self" rel="self" rev="width:100_height:100">book, &quot;Des territoires vivants pour transformer le monde&quot;</a> to be presented <a href="http://evenements.cirad.fr/" target="_self" rel="self" rev="width:100_height:100">on 27 February at the Paris International Agricultural Show.</a> Patrick Caron, a geographer with CIRAD and Chair of the United Nations High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Security, takes a new look at this question. </p> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:27:52 +0100 CIRAD and the AFD at SIA 2017 - Agriculture and the Sustainable Development Goals http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/press-releases/2017/cirad-and-the-afd-at-sia-2017 http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/press-releases/2017/cirad-and-the-afd-at-sia-2017 <p class="MsoNormal"> CIRAD and the AFD will have a joint stand at the Paris International Agricultural Show from 25 February to 5 March at the Porte de Versailles exhibition centre. </p> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:01:36 +0100