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Tracking the adoption patterns in maize and legume farming system in Ethiopia

July 19, 2013

Myths and cultural practices can block farmers’ acceptance of a new technology, particularly the principles of reduced tillage, residue retention, and cropping rotations that underlie conservation agr …


SIMLESA scientists receive agronomy training in South Africa

July 19, 2013

Fifteen young scientists from SIMLESA partner and spillover countries were recently trained by the Agricultural Research Council of South Africa (ARC-SA) on various aspects of agronomy and innovation …


Curbing maize postharvest losses key to attaining food security in Kenya

July 15, 2013

Kenya has experienced tremendous improvements in maize productivity, rising from 1,530,000 metric tons in 2002 to 3,420,000 in 2011. However, postharvest losses of up to 40% of the harvested grain pos …


Ivan Ortiz-Monasterio and colleagues received 2013 Sustainability Science Award

June 28, 2013

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) awarded Ivan Ortiz-Monasterio, CIMMYT agronomist and wheat harvest coordinator, along with Pamela Matson, Walter Falcon, Ashley Dean, Rosamond Naylor, David Lob …


Conservation agriculture: The Green Revolution for Africa?

June 25, 2013

The Global Conservation Agriculture Program (GCAP) works closely with partners all over the world toward an ultimate vision of widespread use of sustainable systems by smallholder farmers, based on th …


Curbing maize post-harvest losses continues

June 22, 2013

“Reducing post-harvest losses is key to increasing availability of food as it is not only important to increase domestic food production but also to protect what is produced by minimizing losses,” sta …


International Conservation Agriculture Forum in Yinchuan

June 20, 2013

The International Conservation Agriculture Forum, held at the Ningxia Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences in Yinchuan during 27-31 May, was attended by a significant number of provincial gove …


Allen McHugh reports on conservation agriculture in China

June 18, 2013

The past few weeks have been busy and interesting in China: preparing for the International Conservation Agriculture Forum in Yinchuan and work travels to Beijing, Yangling (Shaanxi province), and Xuc …


Nebraska Declaration on Conservation Agriculture signed

June 17, 2013

After months of discussions and debates on the scientific evidence regarding conservation agriculture for small-scale, resource-poor farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, a group of 40 scienti …


Promoting resilient diversification options through maize and climate smart practices in India

June 13, 2013

“Declining water table, deteriorating soil health, labor shortages, increasing energy prices, and more frequent climate extremes are among the major long-term threats to food security in India,” state …


Giving power to African farmers: learning from the Indian experience

June 4, 2013

From 29 April to 10 May, 16 agricultural engineers, agronomists, machinery importers, and machinery manufacturers from Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe took part in a study tour in India organi …


High up and hyperspectral

June 3, 2013

The aircraft operated near CIMMYT station in Ciudad Obregon ready for hyperspectral imagery collection. Last week CIMMYT obtained a new hyperspectral camera and thus significantly expanded its remote …


Swiss Ambassador visits CIMMYT-Harare

May 22, 2013

Physiologist Jill Cairns talks about climatechange with the Swiss Ambassador. The Ambassador of Switzerland to Angola, Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, Luciano Lavizzari, accompanied by the Swiss Agency …


Conservation agriculture in Central Asia: A bumpy road to food security?

April 30, 2013

Conservation agriculture methods enable producers to sustainably intensify production, improve soil health, and minimize or avoid negative externalities. However, these practices have not yet taken of …


Agricultural Innovation Systems: what do they mean to the work we do?

April 25, 2013

On daily basis, we interact with farmers, extension workers, researchers, seed companies, government officials, and many others. Our work would not be possible without these actors, many of whom focus …


SIMLESA progressing and gearing up for Phase II

April 10, 2013

Over 200 researchers, policy makers, donors, seed companies, and NGO representatives from Africa and Australia gathered in Chimoio, Mozambique, during 17-23 March 2013 for the third SIMLESA (Sustainab …


Farm mechanization & conservation agriculture for sustainable intensification project launched

April 8, 2013

If asked “What is the most limiting factor to cereal production in sub-Saharan Africa,” most agronomists would say water, nitrogen, or phosphorus. Could farm power also have a place in this list? From …


Far in the South and seeking food security: East Timor farmers adopt improved maize seed

April 3, 2013

Buddhi Kunwar, Informal Seed Production Advisor, Seeds of Life Program, MAF-East Timor (third from right wearing a hat and with sunglasses hanging from shirt) with members of Community Seed Production …


Jharkhand, India: Social learning on conservation agriculture in smallholder rainfed systems

March 26, 2013

On 13 March 2013, a social learning exercise was organized jointly by Birsa Agricultural University (BAU) and CIMMYT under the aegis of an IFAD supported “Sustainable Intensification of Maize-livestoc …


CIMMYT-India interacts with farmers at IARI Agriculture Science Fair

March 26, 2013

Pusa Krishi Vigyan Mela, a farmers’ fair organized by the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) annually since 1972, was held during 6-8 March 2013 in New Delhi, India. Every year, agriculture …