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Replacing gender myths and assumptions with knowledge

If we are to be truly successful in improving the lives of farmers and consumers in the developing world, we need to base our interventions on the best evidence available.


Hill Maize Research Project

The Hill Maize Research Project (HMRP), funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation was initiated in 1999 with the objective of increasing the food security of farm families in the hill …


Martin Kropff of Wageningen UR appointed Director General of CIMMYT

EL BATAN, Mexico (CIMMYT) – The Board of Trustees of CIMMYT, is pleased to announce that Prof. Dr. Martin Kropff has accepted an appointment as the new Director General of CIMMYT, starting 1 June 2015 …


Integrating gender in post-harvest management

By Wandera Ojanji/CIMMYT The Effective Grain Storage for Sustainable Livelihoods of African Farmers Project (EGSP) Phase II is conducting a study to help understand gender dynamics in maize post-harve …


Field days in Malawi and Zambia promote metal silos

By Wandera Ojanji/CIMMYT The Effective Grain Storage for Sustainable Livelihoods of African Farmers Project (EGSP) Phase-II held a series of field days in Malawi and Zambia to raise awareness and demo …


Good postharvest management key to attaining food security

By Wandera Ojanji /CIMMYT Food security in Zambia is negatively affected by postharvest losses, said Chileshe Mulenga, permanent secretary of the country’s Eastern Province, at a training workshop for …


Appeal to aggressively promote metal silos and super grain bags in Malawi

By Wandera Ojanji /CIMMYT A government official in Malawi is urging extension officers and agro-dealers to promote metal silos and super grain bags to help reduce post-harvest grain losses, a serious …


Hill Maize Research Project IV welcomes new leader

By K.C. Dilli /CIMMYT The Hill Maize Research project (HMRP) commends the commitment, dedication and service of Guillermo Ortiz-Ferrara, who retired on 31 January after leading the project for nearly …


Silo project celebrates successful first year, calls for policy reforms

By Wandera Ojanji/CIMMYT Photos: Wandera Ojanji/CIMMYT The wide adoption of metal silos for grain storage by smallholder farmers in eastern and southern Africa requires the identification of policy ga …


Partnerships lead to measurable impacts for Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa

The Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) project is an outgrowth of more than a decade of maize physiology research. It builds on more than 10 years of promoting the inclusion of selection for dro …


From Kenya to southern Africa: Effective grain storage crosses borders

By Wandera Ojanji Delegates stand with a modified metal silo at a workshop at the Baraka Agricultural College in Molo, Nakuru County, Kenya. Photos: Wandera Ojanji/CIMMYT Officials from Malawi and Zam …


Travelling seminar shows project progress in Nepal

Travelling Seminar participants visit the NARC Agricultural Research Station, Dailekh. Photo courtesy of Everest Media Pvt. Ltd By Nirmal Gadal/CIMMYT A three-day travelling seminar organized by CIMMY …


Project spotlight: the Hill Maize Research Project

HMRP partners visiting CBSP groups in the hill district of Palpa, Nepal. Photo: G. Ortiz Ferrara/CIMMYT By Dilli KC/CIMMYT Beginning in August, the Hill Maize Research Project (HMRP-IV), has worked wi …


NSIMA: Seeding hope for smallholder farmers through partnerships

To achieve food security, smallholder farmers in Southern Africa require access to improved seed and inputs for higher yields. “Seed is one of the key movers in agricultural development,” says John Ma …


Metal silos: a timely intervention in curbing postharvest losses

The metal silo technology promoted by CIMMYT for maize storage has been hailed in Kenya as the ultimate solution to high maize postharvest losses caused by the maize weevil (Sitophilus zeamais) and la …


Curbing maize post-harvest losses continues

“Reducing post-harvest losses is key to increasing availability of food as it is not only important to increase domestic food production but also to protect what is produced by minimizing losses,” sta …


Swiss Ambassador visits CIMMYT-Harare

Physiologist Jill Cairns talks about climatechange with the Swiss Ambassador. The Ambassador of Switzerland to Angola, Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, Luciano Lavizzari, accompanied by the Swiss Agency …


Global Maize Program meeting: The old and the new intersect in Kathmandu

Lone Badstue (CIMMYT gender and monitoring and evaluation specialist; third from left, bottom) talks with four coordinators of community-based seed production groups in Nepal (top, from right). Also p …


More Kenyans to benefit from improved grain storage technologies

“Maize research in the country has contributed to increased productivity by developing high yielding hybrid varieties that give quick returns to the farmers. However, 30% of post-harvest losses incurr …


Project aiming to reduce post-harvest losses launched in Malawi

“Storage technologies provided by the Effective Grain Storage for Sustainable Livelihoods of African Farmers Project offer effective grain protection against pest and moisture,” said Honorable Jermoth …