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Are cows the next development boom for smallholder farmers?

Smallholder livestock farmers in Zimbabwe are rapidly increasing profits thanks to a pivot to new sustainable agriculture initiatives.


Building a sustainable future: A history of conservation agriculture in southern Africa

Since 2004, conservation agriculture has helped farmers in southern Africa maintain and boost yields, protect the environment and increase profits.


Action needed to adapt maize breeding to climate change, report shows

Breeding and seed systems must immediately adapt to changing climates if major loss of maize yields is to be avoided, a new report shows.


Sustainable agricultural technologies: A sure pathway for improving African smallholder farmers’ nutrition and food security

A four-year project concludes with rich evidence that will enable policy makers to support adoption of innovative agricultural technologies by smallholder farmers in Africa Angeline Odero in her maize …


SIMLESA meeting reveals many successes, gears up for phase II

SIMLESA discusses progress, achievements, and ways forward through 2018 at annual meeting.


Video project in Bangladesh wins award for effective farmer communication

Filming “Save more, grow more, earn more” EL BATAN, Mexico (CIMMYT) – A collaborative video project aimed at raising farmers’ awareness of small-scale agricultural machinery, water, time, and labor sa …


Tackling spread of wheat blast in Bangladesh

CIMMYT Director General travels to Bangladesh to tackle wheat blast and other activities key to maintaining food security in the country.


SIMLESA review finds many successes and major challenges

Farmers selecting pigeon pea varieties at Msingisi village, Gairo district, through SIMLESA. Photo: CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes On 16-31 October 2015, the Sustainable Intensification of Ma …


Agriculture ministers support policies to achieve Africa’s growth potential

East and Southern African countries need to formulate and implement appropriate policies to help smallholder farmers access technologies.


Green manure crop cover reduces need for mineral fertilizer in Africa

Green manures are an affordable and environmentally friendly alternative to fertilizer for many farmers in southern Africa.


Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume Systems for Food Security in Eastern and Southern Africa

The Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume Systems for Food Security in East Asia (SIMLESA) program is a collaboration between the national agricultural systems of Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozamb …


First international training workshop on farming systems analysis in India

The international training workshop “Approaches for integrated analysis of agricultural systems in South Asia: Field, to farm, to landscape scale,” jointly organized by CIMMYT and the Indian Council o …


Martin Kropff, new CIMMYT Director General, embraces science for impact

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EL BATAN, Mexico (CIMMYT) – Martin Kropff, who takes the helm as director general at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) this week, considers science th …


CIMMYT-Afghanistan hosts fourth annual maize workshop

CIMMYT-Afghanistan’s “Sustainable Wheat and Maize Production in Afghanistan” project recently held its fourth annual maize workshop on 27 April to foster rapid and efficient maize research and product …


CIMMYT Remembers Vital Legacy of Gender Specialist Paula Kantor

EL BATAN, Mexico (CIMMYT) – CIMMYT is sad to announce the tragic death of our friend and respected colleague, gender and development specialist Paula Kantor. Paula died on May 13, in the aftermath of …


Crop model gives scientists a window on future farming in the Eastern Gangetic Plains

In work to help farmers in South Asia tackle changing climates and markets through resilient and productive cropping systems, scientists are now using a leading and longstanding model, the Agricultura …


Will yield increases continue to feed the world? The case for wheat

Wheat, being produced equally in developing and developed countries, is the top global source of calories and the top traded food grain, a position it is unlikely to lose.


Boosting productivity of smallholder farms in Nepal, India and Bangladesh

By Mahesh Gathala, TP Tiwari, Pat Wall/CIMMYT CIMMYT will lead a new research initiative to make agriculture more productive, profitable   and sustainable for smallholder farmers in the Eastern Ganget …


SIMLESA Phase II up and running

By Gift Mashango and Mekuria Mulugetta Members of the project management committee discussed SIMLESA’s second phase during a 1 July planning meeting in Addis Ababa. Phase II of the Sustainable Intensi …


Hidden factors contribute to food insecurity in female-headed households

By Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT Results of a survey conducted by the Adoption Pathways (AP) project indicate that even when male-headed and female-headed households have the same resources, the latter are …