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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.


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 …


Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia

Intensive cereal cropping systems that include rice, wheat and/or maize are widespread throughout South Asia. Often, these cropping systems are integrated with livestock or aquaculture. These systems …


CIMMYT farm mechanization project attracts wide coverage by Ethiopian media

It is not often that conservation agriculture, the subject of numerous scholarly articles and dissertations, gets wide coverage from the mainstream media in Ethiopia. It is thus remarkable that the me …


Agricultural Innovation Program for Pakistan

Agricultural Innovation Program (AIP) for Pakistan is working to sustainably increase agricultural productivity and incomes in the agricultural sector through the promotion and dissemination of modern …


Well-positioned for next phase, CSISA India plans for monsoon cropping season

As Phase II of the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) draws to a close in India, it is well positioned for a Phase III, according to Andrew McDonald, CIMMYT Cropping Systems Agronomist a …


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 …


CSISA hosts regional cross-learning event on sustainable intensification

Irmgard Hoeschle-Zeledon, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) from Africa RISING speaks at the event. Developing a global ‘community of practice’ for sustainable intensification (SI …


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 …


CIMMYT, Pakistan renew host country agreement

Photo: Awais Yaqub By Yahya Rauf and Imtiaz Muhammad/CIMMYT CIMMYT and the government of Pakistan have formally agreed to continue the Host Country Agreement signed in 1984, which allows CIMMYT to hos …


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 …


Maize stover: an underutilized resource for rainfed India

Introducing maize stover into India’s commercial dairy systems could mitigate fodder shortages and halt increasing fodder costs, according to new research by CIMMYT and the International Livestock Res …


CIMMYT’s work highly appreciated in Ethiopia

The third Dialogue on Ethiopian Agricultural Development: Agricultural Research for National Development in the Face of Climate Change and Food Security was held during 4-5 July 2013 at the Haramaya U …


A new era for Agricultural Innovation in Pakistan

On 27-28 May, representatives from CIMMYT, USAID, the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), ILRI, IRRI, AVRDC, and UC Davis met with colleagues from several Pakistan universities, agricultura …


Nutritious Maize for Ethiopia and gender

The Nutritious Maize for Ethiopia (NuME) aims to develop and promote quality protein maize (QPM) in the major maize growing areas of Ethiopia, including the highlands and the dry lands, to improve nut …


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 …


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

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 …


Pakistan: Innovation to boost agriculture

Pakistan ushered in a new era of agricultural research earlier this month when the Ministry of Food Security and Research, CIMMYT, USAID, the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), and key agr …


Partners meet in Ethiopia to launch Adoption Pathways

The first planning and inception meeting of the ‘Identifying socioeconomic constraints to and incentives for faster technology adoption: Pathways to sustainable intensification in Eastern and Southern …


SIMLESA researchers discuss monitoring and evaluation

The fourth workshop on monitoring and evaluation (M&E) organized by the Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume Systems for Food Security in Eastern and Southern Africa (SIMLESA) initiative to …