CIRAD - Actualités / News - adresse site = - Langue = eng-GB eng-GB Animals, Health, Territories, Risks and Ecosystems: a new website <p> ASTRE, the new joint research unit working to foster an integrated animal health approach, now has its own website, <a href="" target="_self" rel="self" rev="width:100_height:100"></a>, with news on the unit and its activities. </p> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:49:42 +0100 The agro-ecological transition: under what conditions for farming systems in the global South? <p> Agro-ecology encompasses a range of innovative, sustainable techniques that make use of know-how drawn from agronomy, ecology and local farmers. It offers many advantages for tackling the future challenges facing humankind (farmer resilience, food security, environmental benefits). However, there are still obstacles, such as increased workload and the need to support farmers and supply chain restructuring. A series of videos on the messages drawn from a conference on &quot;Agro-ecology: a solution for the agricultural transition in the global South?&quot;, organized by CIRAD and the AFD on 26 February, during the Paris International Agricultural Show (videos in French). </p> Fri, 09 Mar 2018 16:00:49 +0100 CIRAD steps up its commitment to gender equality in the workplace <p> CIRAD has just made a strong collective commitment to gender equality within the establishment. The agreement adopted with all of its social partners entered into force on 1 December with objectives to be achieved over the next three years. </p> Wed, 07 Mar 2018 17:01:39 +0100 Emerging diseases | is MERS-CoV a threat for Africa? <p> Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) is a lethal disease in humans, caused by a coronavirus (MERS-CoV). It was first identified in man in 2012, in the Arabian Peninsula. The main MERS-CoV reservoir species is the dromedary, which is found in large numbers in many African countries. Why is it that they have never transmitted the virus to humans, as they have in parts of the Middle East? The first clues were published in an article in the journal <em>PNAS</em> on 5 March. The work in question associated researchers from CIRAD, in partnership with IRD and several African partners, and an international team led by Professor Malik Peiris from Hong Kong University, who is Scientific Director of the Institut Pasteur's Hong Kong research pole*. </p> Tue, 06 Mar 2018 11:13:59 +0100 Elisabeth Claverie de Saint-Martin is CIRAD's new Director General in charge of Research and Strategy <p> As of 5 March 2018, Elisabeth Claverie de Saint-Martin is CIRAD's new Director General in charge of Research and Strategy. Ms Claverie was formerly Deputy Head of Development at the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, and already knows CIRAD well, since she represented the Ministry on our Board of Trustees. In the light of the current changes at CIRAD, aimed at tailoring its scientific operations to the new political context and renewing its economic model, Ms Claverie will be responsible for steering deployment of CIRAD's new strategic vision. </p> Mon, 05 Mar 2018 12:17:48 +0100 EFICAS | Agro-ecology from plots to landscapes <p> How can the whole of an agricultural community be engaged in the agro-ecological transition? This is the question addressed by the EFICAS project (Eco-Friendly Intensification and Climate Resilient Agricultural Systems), implemented by CIRAD and its partners in Laos. After four years of activity and some very encouraging initial results, the project has just been extended for another 18 months. </p> Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:22:31 +0100 What does the future hold for agriculture in the Lao Uplands? <p> The Lao Uplands conference on the future of this region will be held from 12 to 14 March in Luang Prabang. The event is co-organised by CIRAD and will bring together some 200 participants to share more than 10 years of experience in agroecology in these upland regions. </p> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:06:24 +0100 Living Territories 2018 Conference | Making local populations central to the development of their territory <p> VIDEO. Organised at the initiative of CIRAD and its partners, the international conference Living Territories 2018, held from 22 to 24 January 2018, brought together more than 280 researchers, key players in territorial development, the private sector, donors and policymakers from more than 35 countries. At a time when almost half of all people still live in rural areas, territorial development relies on the capacity of all actors to take the changes they experience at the local level to the international level. It also relies on the capacity of territories, through their vitality, to propose new modes of governance, connecting the local, national and international levels and thereby helping to address the challenges of sustainable development. Faced with environmental and climate change, population growth and heavy pressure on resources, CIRAD and its partners believe this is the only path guaranteeing responses that are adapted to needs.<br />A look at the key messages of the conference. </p> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:24:59 +0100 Healthy coffee plants are more resistant to coffee leaf rust attacks <p> For the first time, a team of scientists has demonstrated that coffee plant vigour limits the incidence of leaf rust. Research conducted by CIRAD, in collaboration with Nestlé, shows that the use of vigorous hybrids, grown under shade with nitrogen fertilisation, helps to limit the development of this disease that is having an increasingly devastating impact, largely because of climate change. </p> Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:03:23 +0100 L’agro-écologie, pour nourrir le monde et préserver la planète <p> The Earth is already having trouble feeding nine million human beings with its existing resources, nature is increasingly being pillaged and ecosystems are deteriorating. At the same time, inequalities are growing and poverty persists in many world zones. </p> <p> </p> <p> To satisfy the food and economic demands of growing rural and urban communities, respond to ever more demanding consumers, preserve natural resources and adapt to climate change, it is urgent that we find different ways of producing. </p> <p> </p> <p> Discover the brochure on agro-ecology for the general public, produced for the 2018 Paris International Agricultural Show! </p> <p> (In French only at present). </p> <p> </p> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:33:19 +0100 FAO, CIRAD and INRA strengthen their partnership through a new agreement <p> On 16 February 2018, CIRAD signed a new partnership agreement with FAO and INRA. The goal of the three organisations is to step up their joint efforts and to develop more innovative initiatives in order to contribute to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Central to this agreement are agro-ecological issues in the context of climate change, food security, health risk management and sustainable territorial development. </p> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:02:40 +0100 Impact of research: CIRAD publishes the two guides on its ImpresS method <p> Four years ago, CIRAD undertook to develop a culture of impact within the organization. The ImpresS approach - for Impact of research in the South - centres on two complementary pillars: a look back at past experience, through impact assessments of completed projects and programmes achevés <em>(ex post)</em> and the writing of hypothetical but plausible impact narratives when designing research operations <em>(ex ante)</em> . This approach is now embodied in two open source guides, ImpresS <em>ex post</em> and ImpresS <em>ex ante</em> . </p> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:00:33 +0100 SIA 2018 conference | Agro-ecology: a solution for the agricultural transition in the global South? <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal"> Is agro-ecology a solution to help meet the challenges of ensuring food security, adapting agriculture to climate change, reducing its negative environmental impacts, and tackling inequalities? CIRAD and the Agence Française de Développement will share 10 years of experience on the agro-ecological transition in the countries of the South on 26 February in Paris during a conference at the International Agricultural Show (SIA) 2018. </p> <p> </p> Thu, 15 Feb 2018 19:24:37 +0100 François Côte: “Agro-ecology is a key to meeting the challenges of agriculture in the global South” <p> In 2018, agro-ecology is high on CIRAD’s agenda, giving the organisation the opportunity to share experience and to undertake a comprehensive analysis of scientific actions conducted in many different contexts in the global South over the last 10 years. This exercise, rather like piecing together a jigsaw puzzle, reveals the broad conditions required and the obstacles to be removed in order to achieve a successful agro-ecological transition. François Côte, Director of CIRAD’s Performance of Tropical Production and Processing Systems Department, talks about elements of this analysis. </p> Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:45:39 +0100 CIRAD at the 2018 Paris International Agricultural Show <p> CIRAD will have a joint stand with the AFD at the Paris International Agricultural Show from 24 February to 4 March, hall 4, aisle B, stand 082. The two organizations have chosen to highlight the key role of agriculture in southern countries and the issue of agro-ecology with regard to food security. </p> Thu, 08 Feb 2018 17:09:51 +0100 A new look at the evolution of Citrus <p> An international study involving CIRAD and INRA, published in the journal Nature on 7 February 2018, has revolutionized the botanical classifications of citrus fruits. The work revealed ten true <em>Citrus </em> species, four of which are behind modern cultivated varieties such as oranges, mandarins, grapefruits, pummelos, citrons, lemons and limes. This information paves the way for new varietal breeding strategies for these fruits, which are amongst the most widely grown worldwide. </p> Thu, 08 Feb 2018 13:48:59 +0100 Le manioc, entre culture alimentaire et filière agroindustrielle <p> The cassava supply chain plays a vital role in the food security and economy of southern countries in the light of climate change. This book presents every aspect of the crop and describes an artisanal sector that has been substantially developed by women and is also becoming semi-industrialized in many countries. </p> Wed, 07 Feb 2018 21:13:38 +0100 CIRAD, the expert in tropical fruit and vegetables, will be at the Fruit Logistica 2018 fair <p> CIRAD will be at the Fruit Logistica fair in Berlin from 7 to 9 February 2018. It will be presenting a selection of its expertise and innovations, alongside its subsidiary Vitropic and the Market News Service, a group of economic experts from CIRAD. Fruit Logistica is a global rendezvous for the fruit and vegetable trade, and each year, it brings together almost 3000 exhibitors from some 80 countries and more than 76 000 visitors from 130 countries. CIRAD is in Hall 25, stand C02. </p> Mon, 05 Feb 2018 17:17:41 +0100 Cahiers Agricultures : Les oasis en Afrique du Nord <p> Un nouveau numéro thématique des Cahiers Agricultures, coordonné par le Cirad, révèle des oasis bien vivantes, soumises à de fortes contraintes, mais très intégrées dans les grandes évolutions contemporaines. </p> Fri, 02 Feb 2018 15:46:55 +0100 Vincent Fabre-Rousseau is CIRAD's new Regional Director in Montpellier <p> As of 1 February, Vincent Fabre-Rousseau is CIRAD's new Regional Director in Montpellier. He represents CIRAD General Management in the Occitanie region, and as such, is responsible for regional partnerships, notably as part of the establishment of MUSE (Montpellier University of Excellence). His roadmap also includes: the modernization of 70 000 square metres of buildings spread over four sites and ensuring successful social dialogue within the Montpellier site. </p> Thu, 01 Feb 2018 11:17:59 +0100