Archive for November, 2013

SIMLESA-supported innovation platforms inspire Kenya’s farmers

November 29, 2013

By Michael Arunga/CIMMYT Farmers in Siaya and Bungoma counties of western Kenya, a region with low agricultural productivity, are embracing good agricultural practices and increasing their harvests th …


CIMMYT leads fight against lethal maize disease in eastern Africa

November 29, 2013

By Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT CIMMYT is leading collaborative research efforts to control the deadly maize lethal necrosis (MLN) disease that is devastating crops in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. F …


Demonstration sites showcase conservation agriculture in Ethiopia

November 28, 2013

By Moti Jaleta/CIMMYT Farmers discuss their experiences with conservation agriculture technologies. Photo: Moti Jaleta Farmers showcased the benefits of conservation agriculture in retaining soil mois …


Dual-purpose maize could reduce fodder shortages in India

November 26, 2013

Maize stover is dumped in a field for use as a cooking fuel. By Brenna Goth/CIMMYT Maize stover – the part of the crop left over after grain harvest – provides a promising option for feeding livestock …


Project tests new ways to deliver climate messages to farmers’ cell phones

November 25, 2013

By Surabhi Mittal/CIMMYT and Dharini Parthasarathy/CCAFS South Asia Farmers in India are now participating in a new project which aims to tailor phone messages to farmers’ real needs with the hope of …


Researchers receive fellowships

November 22, 2013

By Brenna Goth/CIMMYT Congratulations to two CIMMYT scientists who received fellowships this month. Wheat physiologist Matthew Reynolds (pictured left) became a fellow of the Crop Science Society of A …


Behind the science: crop physiology solves real-life problems

November 22, 2013

By Brenna Goth/CIMMYT CIMMYT’s wheat physiology unit has grown from a small team led by one scientist in Mexico to a group that now includes specialists in crop modeling, crop physiology, molecular ge …


Trees keep Ethiopia’s wheat cool and productive

November 21, 2013

By Frédéric Baudron/CIMMYT Researchers with CIMMYT’s Global Conservation Agriculture Program (GCAP) in Ethiopia have found that use of agroforestry systems involving an indigenous tree could mitigate …


Asia: Spreading conservation agriculture, developing researchers

November 20, 2013

By M.L. Jat, Tripti Agarwal and Promil Kapoor /CIMMYT Asia can benefit from site-specific conservation agriculture solutions to face challenges such as diverse ecologies, soils, production systems and …


Conservation agriculture machines brought to Afghanistan

November 19, 2013

CIMMYT is taking the next step in bringing Afghanistan a much-needed intervention to improve wheat research and production, an official for the country said at a meeting last month. With support from …


Borlaug through the ages

November 18, 2013

By Patrick Wall/CIMMYT Those who worked with Dr. Norman Borlaug are proud to show their photos with him. In Punjab, India, farmer Charanjit Singh Gill shows a photo of his father with Borlaug during a …


Training on mycotoxins supports Peruvian maize exports

November 15, 2013

By Sam Storr/CIMMYT To bolster maize exports to the European Union (EU), Peru is taking measures to ensure its grain is free from mycotoxins, according to CIMMYT maize pathologist Henry Ngugi. “They w …


Soil works as ecosystem service provider

November 14, 2013

By Jack McHugh/CIMMYT Soil’s role in the ecosystem is the basis of food security and sustainable farming, scientists learned at a conference in China last month. More than 40 researchers from the Ning …


President of Iran gives award to CIMMYT wheat breeder

November 14, 2013

CIMMYT wheat breeder M.R. Jalal Kamali was recognized for his long service and contributions to farmers in the Iran. Jalal Kamali received a plaque of recognition at the 4th Congress of the Farmers Ho …


Conservation agriculture demonstration plot opens in Ethiopia

November 11, 2013

The GCAP-Ethiopia team stands in the demonstration plot. From left to right: Yodit Kebede, Ph.D. candidate; Michael Misiko, innovation scientist; Tesfaye Shiferaw, Ph.D. candidate; Dereje Tirfessa, re …


Silo project celebrates successful first year, calls for policy reforms

November 8, 2013

By Wandera Ojanji/CIMMYT Photos: Wandera Ojanji/CIMMYT The wide adoption of metal silos for grain storage by smallholder farmers in eastern and southern Africa requires the identification of policy ga …


Working group to enhance seed delivery to African farmers formed

November 6, 2013

By Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT DTMA project leader Tsedeke Abate takes notes as AGRA-PASS director Joseph DeVries’ makes his presentation. Photo: Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT The Drought Tolerant Maize for Afr …


Student reflection: my visit to CIMMYT-Hyderabad, India

November 6, 2013

Alex Renaud is a third-year graduate student pursuing a doctorate degree in plant breeding and genetics.


Scientists identify sustainable agriculture research themes in India

November 5, 2013

Photo: Tripti Agarwal/CIMMYT Scientists need to capture and refine farmers’ conservation agriculture innovations. This recommendation came from the National Travelling Seminar on Conservation Agricult …


CIMMYT rebuilds partnerships in Pakistan

November 5, 2013

CIMMYT Faisalabad Office (left-right): Dr, Imtiaz Muhammed, Country Liaison Officer, CIMMYT Pakistan;Dr. Etienne Duveiller, South Asia Regional Director, CIMMYT; Dr. Thomas Lumpkin, Director General,C …