How Can NGOs Make Full Use of the CGIAR Network of Agricultural Research Centers?

Filtering Water with Old Clothes to Prevent Cholera 

Smoked Rice Hull and Pottery

Rice Bean -Vigna umbellata: Another amazing green manure/cover crop

On-Farm Seed Priming

Terra Preta: the Secret of Rich, Dark Soil in the Amazon

Plant Communication

 


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Smoked Rice Hull and Pottery

If there are local potters producing terracotta (low temperature unglazed pottery), they can make beads for jewelry, small decorative pieces, etc., and put them into a large fired pot alternating with thick layers of rice husk.

Rice Bean -Vigna umbellata: Another amazing green manure/cover crop

Grace Ju

Rice bean (Vigna umbellata) is one of the top five most commonly grown green manure/cover crops in the world.

On-Farm Seed Priming

Dawn Berkelaar

Poor crop establishment is common in developing countries. However, plants can be given a head start if they are able to germinate and emerge quickly. One way to minimize the time that seeds spend absorbing water from the soil is to soak the seeds in water before sowing them.

Filtering Water with Old Clothes to Prevent Cholera

Dawn Berkelaar

Filtering water through old clothes can effectively remove many of the copepods (a type of zooplankton) that carry cholera-causing bacteria. Researchers from the University of Maryland, College Park, did a study in Bangladesh comparing the effectiveness of old saris and nylon filters for filtering pond and river water. The study was written up in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The following information was obtained from a summary by CBC News online staff.

Terra Preta: the Secret of Rich, Dark Soil in the Amazon

Dawn Berkelaar

Terra preta is very productive soil with long-lasting fertility—unusual in the tropics, where most soils are very weathered, highly acidic, and low in organic matter and essential nutrients. The key to terra preta soils long-term fertility seems to be charcoal; terra preta contains up to 70 times as much charcoal as nearby oxisols.

Plant Communication

Edward Berkelaar

Researchers have discovered that under certain conditions, plants may communicate with insects or other plants

How Can NGOs Make Full Use of the CGIAR Network of Agricultural Research Centers?

Martin L. Price

Did you know that there is a network of agricultural research centers, each specializing in just a few areas of tropical or subtropical agriculture? The network has an awkward name, CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research). Most of the network’s members also have long names and awkward acronyms, like ICRISAT, ICRAF, and ILRI. These centers have a wealth of knowledge, genetic resources and research capability that should make them a valuable resource for organizations working with farmers.