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India festival takes technology to farmers

March 12, 2014

By Raj Kumar Jat, M.L. Jat, R. Valluru, Raju Singh, Nikhil Singh, Jagman Dhillon and Raj Gupta/CIMMYT    A day-long “FarmFest” hosted by the Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA) allowed farmers to …


Development officer promotes SIMLESA Project

March 10, 2014

By Isaiah Nyagumbo/CIMMYT Starting a personal conservation agriculture plot and providing training via group theater are some of the tactics an extension development officer in Malawi is using to reac …


Afghan farmers visit conservation agriculture farm

March 5, 2014

By Raj Kumar Jat/CIMMYT Nine Afghan farmers, including four women, recently learned about conservation agriculture in Pusa, Bihar, India. Their visit to the Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA) on …


Growing more: sustainable intensification in southern Africa

March 4, 2014

By Christian Thierfelder/CIMMYT The “double-up legume system” improves food security in Malawi by increasing yield and farmers’ incomes. Photos: Christian Thierfelder Gently undulating plains and gree …


Maize interventions discussed in Pakistan

February 17, 2014

By AbduRahman Beshir/CIMMYT Partners with the Agricultural Innovation Program for Pakistan (AIP) are working to enhance availability and access to maize seeds and varieties. The AIP maize working grou …


Remote sensing prepares for liftoff

January 31, 2014

By Sam Storr/CIMMYT Remote sensing experts, breeders, agronomists and policymakers discussed turning their research and experiences into tools to benefit farmers and increase food production while saf …


CIMMYT strengthens ties with Mexico’s Science Council

January 22, 2014

By Isabel Peña/CIMMYT Research center directors from throughout Mexico met to identify possible collaborations on 25 November at CIMMYT-El Batán. Visitors, all from National Council of Science and Tec …


Agronomists learn precision-conservation agriculture

January 14, 2014

By M.L. Jat and Tripti Agarwal /CIMMYT Wheat agronomists in India learned about precision-conservation agriculture and received the tools to continue their education at a workshop in November. Nearly …


Australian ambassador visits program in Ethiopia

December 10, 2013

By Dagne Wegary/CIMMYT The Australian Ambassador to Ethiopia paid her first visit to a CIMMYT program this month and commended efforts to improve livelihoods in resource-poor rural households. On her …


China: farmers benefit from knowledge transfer

December 9, 2013

By Jack McHugh /CIMMYT Jack McHugh, CIMMYT, and Yuan Hanmin, NAAFS, introduce participants to conservation agriculture in Litong district. The presentation was organized and supported by Bei Bing (in …


Improved maize varieties demonstrated in Mexico

December 4, 2013

By Guillermina Sosa Mendoza/CIMMYT Members of the collaborative network to test and share CIMMYT experimental maize lines and varieties for Mexico’s highlands learned about the latest improved materia …


SIMLESA-supported innovation platforms inspire Kenya’s farmers

November 29, 2013

By Michael Arunga/CIMMYT Farmers in Siaya and Bungoma counties of western Kenya, a region with low agricultural productivity, are embracing good agricultural practices and increasing their harvests th …


Demonstration sites showcase conservation agriculture in Ethiopia

November 28, 2013

By Moti Jaleta/CIMMYT Farmers discuss their experiences with conservation agriculture technologies. Photo: Moti Jaleta Farmers showcased the benefits of conservation agriculture in retaining soil mois …


Asia: Spreading conservation agriculture, developing researchers

November 20, 2013

By M.L. Jat, Tripti Agarwal and Promil Kapoor /CIMMYT Asia can benefit from site-specific conservation agriculture solutions to face challenges such as diverse ecologies, soils, production systems and …


Conservation agriculture machines brought to Afghanistan

November 19, 2013

CIMMYT is taking the next step in bringing Afghanistan a much-needed intervention to improve wheat research and production, an official for the country said at a meeting last month. With support from …


Soil works as ecosystem service provider

November 14, 2013

By Jack McHugh/CIMMYT Soil’s role in the ecosystem is the basis of food security and sustainable farming, scientists learned at a conference in China last month. More than 40 researchers from the Ning …


President of Iran gives award to CIMMYT wheat breeder

November 14, 2013

CIMMYT wheat breeder M.R. Jalal Kamali was recognized for his long service and contributions to farmers in the Iran. Jalal Kamali received a plaque of recognition at the 4th Congress of the Farmers Ho …


Conservation agriculture demonstration plot opens in Ethiopia

November 11, 2013

The GCAP-Ethiopia team stands in the demonstration plot. From left to right: Yodit Kebede, Ph.D. candidate; Michael Misiko, innovation scientist; Tesfaye Shiferaw, Ph.D. candidate; Dereje Tirfessa, re …


Silo project celebrates successful first year, calls for policy reforms

November 8, 2013

By Wandera Ojanji/CIMMYT Photos: Wandera Ojanji/CIMMYT The wide adoption of metal silos for grain storage by smallholder farmers in eastern and southern Africa requires the identification of policy ga …


Scientists identify sustainable agriculture research themes in India

November 5, 2013

Photo: Tripti Agarwal/CIMMYT Scientists need to capture and refine farmers’ conservation agriculture innovations. This recommendation came from the National Travelling Seminar on Conservation Agricult …