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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 …


Discussing future research and development in Afghanistan

March 22, 2013

For over 10 years, CIMMYT has been working assiduously with the national agriculture research system of Afghanistan to contribute to the war-torn country’s sustainable agricultural growth and research …


3rd International Wheat Yield Consortium Workshop: Latest news in wheat research

March 19, 2013

Over 100 stakeholders, scientists, and students from 28 countries were welcomed in Obregon, Mexico, by John Snape, CIMMYT Board of Trustees member, as he opened the 3rd International Workshop of the W …


Resource-conserving practices for smallholder farmers in Africa

March 14, 2013

“Today Embu farmers are reaping benefits associated with conservation agriculture, where SIMLESA started activities in 2010,” said Charles Wanjau, District Agricultural Officer, Embu East. “We hope th …


A New U.S.-sponsored Project to Help Modernize Pakistan’s Agriculture Sector

March 12, 2013

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), and the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) launch …


‘One cannot eat tobacco!’ SIMLEZA field tour in eastern Zambia

February 23, 2013

In rural areas surrounding Chipata in eastern Zambia, tobacco, cotton, and maize seem to dominate the agricultural landscape. If you look closer, you will also see smaller fields with groundnuts, cowp …


Carlos Slim, Bill Gates and Mexican dignitaries visit CIMMYT to inaugurate Biosciences Complex

February 19, 2013

On 13 February 2013, CIMMYT inaugurated a new US$ 25 million research complex at its headquarters in El Batán. The new advanced bioscience research facilities, 45 kilometers (20 miles) from Mexico Cit …


Carlos Slim, Bill Gates and Mexican dignitaries visit CIMMYT to inaugurate Bioscience facilities

February 15, 2013

Today, CIMMYT inaugurated a new US$ 25 million research complex at its headquarters in El Batan. The new advanced bioscience research facilities, 45 kilometers (20 miles) from Mexico City, marked its …


One size doesn’t fit all: training on farm household typology

February 1, 2013

Since adopting a one-size-fits-all approach in technology generation and dissemination is unlikely to bring positive results, it is necessary to understand what intervention works for whom, where, and …


Secretary of Agriculture backs CIMMYT’s initiative for sustainable crop intensification in Bangladesh

January 29, 2013

Bangladesh has a mosaic of distinct agricultural seasons, potentially allowing farmers to cultivate two and sometimes three crops on the same field. However, in the impoverished region of Southern Ban …


Haryana Chief Minister: conservation agriculture is the way of future farming

January 22, 2013

Thanks to high-yielding cultivars of wheat and rice, development of irrigation infrastructure, the work of innovative farmers, and the state’s support for improved technologies, the Indian state of Ha …


Climate Change and Agriculture: Building Resilience

January 7, 2013

This article is cross-posted from the Feed the Future blog. Feed the Future is the United States Government’s global hunger and food security initiative. It supports country-driven approaches to addre …


Calls to adopt SIMLESA approach in project implementation across Tanzania

December 18, 2012

“The Ministry, and specifically the Directorate of Research and Development, immensely commends SIMLESA’s participatory approach and would like to recommend it to other research and development partne …


Connecting people for sustainable agriculture

December 13, 2012

Father farmer in the field In Central Mexico, Conservation Agriculture, a more sustainable way of farming, has evolved from being a handful of researchers and a few innovative farmers working off of a …


Innovative public-private partnership to scale up conservation agriculture in Bangladesh

December 13, 2012

Developing public-private partnerships (PPPs) to expand conservation agriculture (CA) is one of the main goals of the USAID-funded Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia in Bangladesh (CSISA-BD). A …