Archive for August, 2015

AAA hybrids move towards commercialization

August 24, 2015

PLC6 is a term used to refer to an advanced stage of hybrid testing at Syngenta, a partner of the Affordable, Accessible, Asian (AAA) Drought Tolerant Maize Project. Four hybrids, representing combina …

Boosting nutrition for Ethiopian children

August 24, 2015

During 26-28 March 2012, CIMMYT scientists, partners, and collaborators met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the Inception Planning Workshop of the NuME project. NuME (Nutritious Maize for Ethiopia) is a …

Wheat scientists urge funding boost after UK-U.S. food security report

August 21, 2015

Food shortages will escalate due to climate-change related production shocks and the international community must prepare to respond to price increases and social unrest.

Government of Zimbabwe and CIMMYT to establish maize lethal necrosis (MLN) quarantine facility at Mazowe

August 18, 2015

A modern quarantine facility will be established this year to safely import maize breeding materials and proactively breed for MLN resistance and tolerance.

SIMLESA-Mozambique learns more about conservation agriculture technologies in Brazil

August 13, 2015

Three agriculturalists from the Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume Cropping Systems for Food Security in Eastern and Southern Africa (SIMLESA)–Mozambique made a training visit to Brazil on 3- …

CIMMYT farm mechanization project attracts wide coverage by Ethiopian media

August 13, 2015

It is not often that conservation agriculture, the subject of numerous scholarly articles and dissertations, gets wide coverage from the mainstream media in Ethiopia. It is thus remarkable that the me …

From the eye in the sky to the cell phone in the field: technologies for all

August 13, 2015

For many farmers in the developing world, cell phones are the most accessible form of technology, but are only one of many technologies changing agriculture.

Zimbabwe and CIMMYT to establish maize lethal necrosis quarantine facility

August 12, 2015

A modern quarantine facility to safely import maize breeding materials to southern Africa, and to enable local institutions to proactively breed for resistance against Maize Lethal Necrosis (MLN) dise …

Government of Zimbabwe and CIMMYT to establish maize lethal necrosis quarantine facility at Mazowe

August 11, 2015

A modern quarantine facility will be set up in Zimbabwe to safely import materials and proactively breed for resistance against MLN.

Show and tell: when technology adoption becomes farmer-driven

August 7, 2015

What does the CASFESA project have to show for two-and-a-half years in Kenya? Many poor smallholder farmers in Africa bear the brunt of infertile soils. Research offers a partial solution: Conservatio …

QPM maize expected to improve protein intake in Ethiopia

August 3, 2015

For community health extension workers (CHWs) in Ethiopia, as elsewhere, educating smallholder farmers on the importance of protein is a continuous task year in, year out. It’s not that farmers don’t …

Climate change, maize production and food security in sub-Saharan Africa

August 3, 2015

Although climate change is a global phenomenon, its impacts vary depending on region and season. To formulate appropriate adaptation options and ensure timely responses, we first need to better unders …

CIMMYT-SARO steps up efforts in war against malnutrition

August 3, 2015

CIMMYT is stepping up efforts to combat malnutrition through agricultural research and the release of orange maize varieties.

Tech-savvy women in Haryana implement precision fertilizer application

August 3, 2015

The state of Haryana, India’s breadbasket, faces a major challenge due to the excessive use of nitrogen fertilizer (N: P: K = 27.2: 9.8: 1) in agriculture. The overuse of nitrogen fertilizer in the ri …

14 years of CA research on display

August 3, 2015

In 2002, ACIAR and Gansu Agricultural University initiated a rainfed conservation agriculture research project in Dingxi County, Loess Plateau, Gansu Province. Li Lingling and her team have religiousl …

CIMMYT-China Science Week: modern conservation agriculture systems

August 3, 2015

CIMMYT-China, the Gansu Foreign Expert Bureau and Gansu Agricultural University (GAU) in Lanzhou City sponsored an international farming systems research workshop from 30 June–4 July 2015. Jack McHugh …

Fostering public-private partnerships for decentralized wheat seed production in Pakistan

August 3, 2015

To strengthen functional linkages between private seed companies and public sector institutions in Pakistan, CIMMYT and its national partners jointly organized four training sessions, one each in Punj …

Livestock key to breaking Zambia’s poverty trap

August 3, 2015

Malende has been a focus of CIMMYT’s major research programs since 2005, where cropping systems based on the practices of conservation agriculture (CA) have been introduced.

Seed improvement to prevent rust disease key to boosting wheat productivity

August 3, 2015

A new project in Ethiopia aims to improve the livelihoods of wheat farmers by encouraging the development and multiplication of high-yielding, rust-resistant bread and durum wheat varieties.