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Climate disasters are closing in. Why have we forgotten farmers?

A maize field is inundated by a flash flood in southern Bangladesh. Photo: M. Yusuf Ali/CIMMYT

Global climate change negotiators met at COP23 to tackle myriad issues, including how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and protect food and farming from worsening climate impacts. Technology such as drought- and heat-tolerant maize, resistant crops and control practices to combat newly-emerging pests, insurance to recover from extreme or erratic weather, and more targeted use of nitrogen fertilizers are already being adopted in Africa and Asia to reduce agriculture’s footprint while improving farm resilience and productivity.


Climate insurance for farmers: a shield that boosts innovation

Index insurance is one of the top 10 innovations for climate-proof farming.  Photo: P. Lowe/ CIMMYT

Index insurance is one of the top 10 innovations for climate-proof farming. Photo: P. Lowe/ CIMMYT New insurance products geared towards smallholder farmers can help them recover their losses, and even encourage investment in climate-resilient innovati …


Study reveals new opportunities to cut greenhouse gas emissions in India

India is one of the world’s largest contributors to global warming, but simple changes in farm management can drastically cut emissions while meeting food demand.

India is one of the world’s largest contributors to global warming, but simple changes in farm management can drastically cut emissions while meeting food demand.


New online portal offers information to curb maize lethal necrosis in Africa

The new maize lethal necrosis online portal provides up-to-date information and surveillance tools to help researchers control and stop the spread of the deadly disease.


New Provitamin A maize platform fights hidden hunger in Tanzania

Joyce Maru is a capacity development & communications specialist at the International Potato Center A farmer prepares maize porridge using Provitamin A maize. Photo: R.Lunduka/CIMMYT Vitamin A deficiency is considered a major public health problem …


Farmer in Malawi defines true project success

Esnath Shaibu (left) on his farm in Malawi discussing resource allocation on his plots. Photo: C. Thierfelder/CIMMYT

Development initiatives are only truly successful when participants graduate, adopt and leave.


Breakthroughs in agriculture for action on climate change

armers in Lushoto, in the Tanga region of Tanzania, are working with researchers to test different forage varieties like Brachiaria for yield and drought resilience.  CIAT/Georgina Smith

Climate change presents a formidable challenge as one of the biggest constraints to improving food systems, food security and poverty alleviation around the world, especially for the world’s most vulnerable people.


Gender and development specialist Rahma Adam: Aiding African women to build household food security

Women account for over 50 percent of farmers in many parts of Africa.  Photo: CIMMYT/Peter Lowe

In a special interview to mark International Women’s Day, CIMMYT gender specialist Rahma Adam detailed how her research aims to improve the agricultural productivity of women in south and eastern Africa.


Despite hardships, women running own households provide model of empowerment and innovation

GENNOVATE research reveals women-headed households often experience high rates of poverty reduction. Photo: CIMMYT/P. Lowe

GENNOVATE research reveals communities with numerous women-headed households record high levels of poverty reduction.


Entrenched gender roles threaten women’s longevity in research careers

Denise Costich, senior scientist and head of CIMMYT’s maize germplasm bank, conducting field work in Spain with daughter Mara, 1986 (left). On the right, Costich holds maize cobs grown by a farmer on the Nevado de Toluca volcano in Mexico. Photos courtesy of Denise Costich and Jennifer Johnson/CIMMYT.

Despite over a decade of implementing policies and programs to promote gender equity in research, some countries have seen women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers stagnate and even decrease in some fields.


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