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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.


CIMMYT DG’s visit to CIMMYT-Asia, Hyderabad, highlights the importance of collaboration

CIMMYT’s Director General Martin Kropff visits the organization’s office in Hyderabad, India.


CIMMYT is recognized for its role in strengthening Malawi’s maize seed system

CIMMYT receives an award in recognition of its efforts and contributions towards developing and strengthening Malawi’s maize seed system


Yield gap analysis key to meeting future crop demand

The Global Yield Gap Atlas (GYGA) can help identify where major crop yields are not increasing fast enough to meet demand on existing farmland, and how farmers might close those gaps.


Setting the stage for delivering high zinc wheat in South Asia

HarvestPlus pioneers at the off-season seed production site in Dalang Maidan, Himachal Pradesh, India. Photo: HarvestPlus Public and private sector partners in HarvestPlus’ biofortified wheat research …


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 …


AAA hybrids move towards commercialization

PLC6 is a term used to refer to an advanced stage of hybrid testing at Syngenta, a partner of the Affordable, Accessible, Asian (AAA) Drought Tolerant Maize Project. Four hybrids, representing combina …


Seeds for needs in Malawi

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Government of Malawi launched five projects on food security, fisheries and environment.


Outcome of first International Biological Nitrification Inhibition Workshop

 Suppressing soil nitrification and increasing Nitrogen Use Efficiency (NUE) is critical to reversing the N-fertilizer overuse and minimizing its environmental impact. Global nitrogen (N) fertilizer c …


Farmers in southern Africa reap benefits of conservation agriculture

CIMMYT’S Global Conservation Agriculture Program Manager, Irene Christiansen, received a first-hand look at the benefits and challenges of practicing conservation agriculture (CA) in southern Africa d …


Mid-career scientists get new tools for big data analysis

By Raman Babu & BS Vivek/CIMMYT “It is the mark of a truly intelligent person to be moved by statistics,” George Bernard Shaw once said, and the 56 maize researchers who attended a mid-career refr …


Maize germplasm displayed at Asia field day

By Kartikeya Krothapalli/CIMMYT The International Maize Improvement Consortium-Asia (IMIC-Asia) held a maize field day on 15 March in conjunction with CIMMYT-Asia on the International Crops Research I …


Initiative to track wheat and maize varietal adoption in South and East Asia

By Surabhi Mittal/CIMMYT A new project aims to generate quality data on the uptake and diffusion of CGIAR research outputs and assess their impact and alignment with the Consortium’s goals. The planni …


SIMLESA-supported innovation platforms inspire Kenya’s farmers

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 …


Dual-purpose maize could reduce fodder shortages in India

Maize stover is dumped in a field for use as a cooking fuel. By Brenna Goth/CIMMYT Maize stover – the part of the crop left over after grain harvest – provides a promising option for feeding livestock …


Working group to enhance seed delivery to African farmers formed

By Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT DTMA project leader Tsedeke Abate takes notes as AGRA-PASS director Joseph DeVries’ makes his presentation. Photo: Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT The Drought Tolerant Maize for Afr …


CIMMYT partner honored with agriculture prize

By Brenna Goth/CIMMYT A long-time colleague of CIMMYT received the inaugural 2013 World Agriculture Prize from the Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for the Agricultural and Life S …


New facility investigates the hidden half of maize

By P.H. Zaidi/CIMMYT A new facility at CIMMYT-Hyderabad, India, will allow researchers to assess and quantify key root traits and their dynamics under various growing conditions. CIMMYT’s new root phe …


Affordable, Accessible, Asian (AAA) Drought Tolerant Maize Annual Meeting 2013

“This project is a rare example of a public-private partnership capable of delivering products to farmers,” said Mike Robinson of the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA) at the Affo …


ZimCLIFS integrates crop and livestock production research in Zimbabwe

In 2012, three CG centers—the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), CIMMYT, and International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)—launched a joint project called …