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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.


Livestock key to breaking Zambia’s poverty trap

Malende has been a focus of CIMMYT’s major research programs since 2005, where cropping systems based on the practices of conservation agriculture (CA) have been introduced.


Jharkhand tribal farmers adopt maize and conservation agriculture to battle drought

By S.P. Poonia/CIMMYT A CIMMYT project working in the rural districts of Jharkhand, India, is encouraging farmers to grow maize and use conservation agriculture practices to adapt to decreased rainfal …


Pathology Research Greenhouse opened in Ankara, Turkey, honors researcher

A new greenhouse opened at the Central Field Crop Research Institute in Ankara, Turkey, honoring Senior Pathologist Lutfi Cetin for his contribution to wheat pathology research. The new, state-of-the- …


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

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 …


Resource-conserving practices for smallholder farmers in Africa

“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 …


Conservation agriculture for smallholder maize farmers in Jharkhand, India

Farming in Jharkhand in eastern India is typically characterized by land degradation, moisture stress, low cropping intensity, poor biomass production, and low farm income. To address these issues fac …


CIMMYT connects with partners at the 2012 African Green Revolution Forum

“We have arrived at the tipping point and are not taking Africa’s Green Revolution to scale,” said Kofi Annan during the opening session of the 2012 African Green Revolution Forum which took place in …


SIMLESA farmers from western and eastern Kenya share their experiences

A delegation of 20 farmers, research technicians, and Ministry of Agriculture officials from western Kenya visited their counterparts in eastern Kenya during 12-13 June 2012 to learn and share their e …


Global partnership protects Africa’s maize from parasitic plant

CIMMYT E-News, vol 5 no. 9, September 2008 Looks can deceive. Striga, a deadly parasitic plant, produces a lovely flower but sucks the life and yields out of crops across Africa and Asia. A new strain …


Latin American ministers visit CIMMYT and develop food price crisis strategy

CIMMYT E-News, vol 5 no. 5, May 2008 Skyrocketing food prices recently brought Latin American agriculture ministers from 14 countries and development experts to CIMMYT to seek a way forward for a regi …


A model project

CIMMYT E-News, vol 3 no. 3, March 2006   Donors and farmers agree – Project gets high marks for important work The Africa Maize Stress project (AMS), in which CIMMYT is a key partner, was termed …