Archive for July, 2015

Video: maize lethal necrosis threatens Africa’s food security

July 27, 2015

Felister Makini, KALRO (Crop System) Maize, one of Africa’s most important food crops, is under real threat because of maize lethal necrosis (MLN). The disease has adversely affected maize fields in K …


“Our daily bread:” Maize farmers’ unwavering resolve despite poor harvests

July 23, 2015

“WE RELY ON MAIZE SO MUCH SO THAT EVEN WHEN THE HARVEST FAILS COMPLETELY, WE WILL STILL PLANT IT IN THE NEXT SEASON.”


MasAgro impacts: four years harvesting sustainability in Mexico’s farmlands

July 18, 2015

Luz Paola López, Sustainable Intensification Program for Latin America The “Impactos #4MasAgro” communications campaign that CIMMYT’s Sustainable Intensification Program for Latin America conducted fr …


Maize that packs a punch in face of adversity: unveiling new branded varieties for Africa

July 14, 2015

Even in the best years, significant swathes of sub-Saharan Africa suffer from recurrent drought. Drought wreaks havoc on the livelihoods of millions of Africans – livelihoods heavily leaning on rain-d …


CIMMYT advances in fight against MLN

July 13, 2015

Scientists have made progress in identifying maize varieties that could combat maize lethal necrosis (MLN) disease, reported SciDev.Net Sub-Saharan Africa last month in the article “Experts on track t …


Training on developing stress-resilient maize at CIMMYT-Hyderabad, India

July 13, 2015

A training course on developing stress-resilient maize for early-/mid-career maize breeders from national programs, agricultural universities and seed companies, especially small and medium enterprise …


CIMMYT-CCAFS initiative develops 500 new climate-smart villages in Haryana, India

July 13, 2015

A climate-smart farmer in Ludhiana, Punjab, India. Photo: P. Casier/CGIAR The Department of Agriculture (DoA) of the Indian state of Haryana, in collaboration with CIMMYT-CCAFS, developed an action pl …


The gola: storing maize to improve livelihoods in Chuadanga, Bangladesh

July 13, 2015

Farmers in Chuadanga District of Bangladesh have been using a unique local method to store their maize: the gola.


In Nepal, collective action helps improve farmers’ incomes

July 8, 2015

Littri Gaun is a characteristic remote, hilly village in Dadeldhura district of Nepal. Relatively low agricultural yields, soil erosion and labor out-migration are major challenges for monsoon-depende …


CIMMYT-Bangladesh showcase technology at national fair

July 6, 2015

Bangladesh’s Minister of Agriculture Motia Chowdhury (3rd from left) visited the CGIAR Pavilion while inaugurating the National Agricultural Technology Fair held in Dhaka on 5-7 April 2015. In the pho …


Fostering collaboration between Nepalese and Indian seed companies

July 6, 2015

A delegation of 15 Nepalese seed entrepreneurs learned about various business models and innovations for seed industry development on their first visit to India. The visit, sponsored by the Cereal Sys …


Rural21 features CIMMYT mechanization experts

July 6, 2015

Female welder at in a vocational training center in Hawassa, Ethiopia. Photo: Frédéric Baudron CIMMYT Global Conservation Agriculture Program (GCAP) mechanization specialists, Frédéric Baudron, Timoth …


AIP-CIMMYT holds national meeting on conservation agriculture in Pakistan

July 6, 2015

“Cereal system productivity cannot be improved without improving agronomic practices,” declared Shahid Masood, Member of the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) at a two-day AIP-Agronomy nat …


Strengthening seed production capacity in Malawi

July 6, 2015

CIMMYT designed and gave an integrated maize seed systems training course for 32 seed technicians from the public and private sectors on 18-22 May at Chitedze Agricultural Research Station. The course …


Learning climate smart agricultural practices empowers women farmers in Haryana

July 6, 2015

Haryana is traditionally an agrarian state where many farm operations are undertaken by women; however, in this male-dominated farm society, decision-making does not involve women folk. Under CIMMYT-C …


Creative solutions for Latin American agriculture

July 6, 2015

Nele Verhulst, Strategic Research Coordinator of the Global Conservation Agriculture Program (GCAP), led CIMMYT’s 21st International Training Course on Conservation Agriculture from 25 May-26 June. A …


Looking towards the future: Govaerts examines food security and nutrition in a changing world

July 6, 2015

Bram Govaerts, associate director of the Global Conservation Agriculture Program (GCAP) and leader of the Sustainable Modernization of Traditional Agriculture (MasAgro) program, made a presentation on …


Mexican leader expresses support for innovation and sustainable development

July 6, 2015

As part of his plan for working with Mexico, CIMMYT’s host country, on 24 June Director General Martin Kropff held an introductory meeting with Senator Manuel Cota, leader of Mexico’s National Peasant …


Fostering collaboration between Nepalese and Indian seed companies

July 1, 2015

A delegation of 15 Nepalese seed entrepreneurs learned about various business models and innovations for seed industry development on their first visit to India. The visit, sponsored by the Cereal Sys …