Archive for December, 2015

Shedding light on a hot topic, and what the future holds

December 22, 2015

Maize is the most widely cultivated crop in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), and one of the few crops that have profound effects on the livelihoods of millions of people there. To illustrate the point, sampl …


CIMMYT team wins CCAFS recognition

December 22, 2015

On 29 April, CIMMYT had a double reason to celebrate, picking up the award for “Best gender paper” and “Best science paper” (along with Bioversity), at the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Ag …


Wheat scientists eye USDA $3.4 million in new funds to boost yields

December 21, 2015

Scientists involved in a major global initiative aimed at increasing wheat yields as much as 60 percent by 2050 get a boost from U.S. government announcement of new research funds.


CIAT Director General visits CIMMYT

December 18, 2015

Ruben Echeverría, Director General of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) headquartered near Cali, Colombia, gave a brown bag seminar on “An evolving LAC strategy … from internati …


CIMMYT upgrades Pakistan’s national germplasm collection and distribution facility

December 18, 2015

As a step towards modernizing and strengthening Pakistan’s national coordinated breeding programs, CIMMYT upgraded the seed storage facility of the National Agricultural Research Center (NARC) to meet …


Agricultural mechanization highlighted at farmers’ field day in Bangladesh

December 18, 2015

Shahidul Haque Khan To introduce modern agricultural machines to farmers of Jhenaidah, Bangladesh, a farmers’ field day (FFD) was held on 17 November 2015 at the M.K. High School, Kulfadanga, Maharajp …


CIMMYT maize varieties in high demand in Pakistan

December 18, 2015

AbduRahman Beshir and M. Imtiaz Pakistan imports more than 85% of its hybrid maize seed, which costs the country about US$ 60 million each year. Due to importation and other factors, the price of hybr …


Cross-regional efforts produce a toolbar for direct seeding of maize

December 18, 2015

Cheap, light, versatile… and locally manufactured Direct seeding of maize using a two-wheel tractor has been made possible over the past decade or so by manufacturing companies in China, India, and Br …


Balancing economy and ecology: agriculture vs. nature

December 17, 2015

Reconciliation of the right to develop and environmental protection must move beyond global dialogue and be put into practice.


Direct seeding with two-wheel tractors increases wheat yield and saves time in the Ethiopian highlands

December 16, 2015

A service provider in Lemo, Ethiopia. Photo: Frédéric Baudron Agronomic practices that can close the wheat yield gap in the Ethiopian highlands are well known: row planting, precise fertilizer applica …


Agriculture can help the world meet climate change emission targets

December 11, 2015

Climate-smart agriculture could be the solution for farmers to both cope with the impacts of climate change and reduce emissions.


Interview with CIMMYT Director General Martin Kropff in Pakistan

December 8, 2015

From 23 – 26 August, 2015, CIMMYT’s Director General Martin Kropff visited Pakistan to attend the Agricultural Innovation Program’s (AIP) annual conference in Islamabad. Following the conference Kropf …


Gender bias may limit uptake of climate-smart farm practices, study shows

December 8, 2015

Farmer education programs that fail to address traditional gender roles may sideline women, limiting use of conservation agriculture techniques, reducing their ability to fight climate change.


Towards inclusive and sustainable grain marketing

December 4, 2015

CIMMYT’s MasAgro program organized its first forum on grain marketing titled on 9 November.


African maize farmers get support to mitigate impact of poor soils

December 3, 2015

As the global community marks World Soil Day, African smallholder farmers are contending with low yields due to low-fertility soils prevalent in most parts of sub-Saharan Africa, affecting food securi …