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Drought tolerant maize: Long-run science, investments, and partnerships pay off in Africa

March 14, 2016

Before climate change became a hot topic, the U.N. Development Programme provided funding for a team of scientists in Mexico to find a better way to breed resilient maize for farmers in drought-prone …


Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa

February 22, 2016

The Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa project aims to mitigate drought and other constraints to maize production in sub-Saharan Africa, increasing maize yields by at least one ton per hectare under mo …


Amidst intense drought, investment in scientific research is key

February 22, 2016

El Niño drought-related stress is triggering hunger and food insecurity. Investment in scientific research is key to combating such events.


Water Efficient Maize for Africa

February 18, 2016

The Water Efficient Maize for Africa partnership was launched in March 2008 to help farmers manage the risk of drought by developing and deploying maize varieties that yield 24 to 35 percent more grai …


NAAS fellow M.L. Jat talks climate change, sustainable agriculture

February 18, 2016

Senior Scientist M.L. Jat has received India’s National Academy of Agricultural Sciences fellowship in Natural Resource Management for his “outstanding contributions in developing and scaling” conserv …


International Wheat Yield Partnership

February 17, 2016

In 2011, agriculture ministers from the Group of 20 nations committed to developing an international initiative to coordinate worldwide research efforts in wheat genetics, genomics, physiology, breedi …


Farm Mechanization and Conservation Agriculture for Sustainable Intensification

February 17, 2016

Agricultural intensification is both a need and an opportunity for countries in sub-Sahara Africa. For intensification to occur sustainably — with minimum negative environmental and social consequenc …


Can maize help farmers in Odisha, India, cope with climate change?

January 11, 2016

Increasing drought and low rainfall are leading many rice farmers in India’s plateau region of Odisha to start cultivating a crop that requires less water, has lower input costs and earns farmers grea …


Mobilizing gene bank biodiversity in the fight against climate change

January 11, 2016

CIMMYT’s germplasm bank holds untapped genetic information that could lead to climate resilient wheat varieties, according to a new study.


Climate change’s surprising opportunity for East African maize farmers

January 8, 2016

With the right varieties, future maize yields in East Africa’s highlands could soar as temperatures increase.


Modeling Africa’s agricultural future

January 8, 2016

CIMMYT held its second training workshop on “Crop Modeling under Uncertain Climate,” from 7-11 December 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


Is the next food crisis coming? Are we ready to respond?

January 3, 2016

One of the strongest El Niños on record is underway, threatening millions of agricultural livelihoods – and lives.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Study reveals challenges in southern Africa’s soil carbon uptake

November 23, 2015

Cheesman in a direct-seeded maize-soybean rotation in Chavakadzi village, Shamva District, Zimbabwe. Photo: Christian Thierfelder A new study led by ETH Zürich graduate Stephanie Cheesman, along with …


Reviewing progress and impacts of two core maize projects as they wind up work in sub-Saharan Africa

November 23, 2015

Joseph Mulei on his farm in Machakos County, Kenya, where he planted several drought tolerant hybrid maize varieties including Drought Tego and Sawa (DSL H103). Photo: Brenda Wawa/CIMMYT. About 100 pa …