The growing importance of natural resource management in agriculture requires a reversal of current resource degradation in key areas. Climate change is raising temperatures and changing weather patterns in ways that accentuate extremes like flooding and drought. Water resources for irrigated agriculture are becoming scarce. In a positive vein, research increasingly points to the potential for significant productivity gains through improved farming practices.

Conservation agriculture is a set of principles that build on systems agronomy research developed by CIMMYT and partners around the world, particularly on cropping methods that simultaneously boost productivity and reduce resource degradation in cropping systems that include maize or wheat. Through partnerships with national agricultural research systems, agri-business and other CGIAR centers, CIMMYT works toward an ultimate vision of widespread use of sustainable systems by smallholder wheat and maize farmers, based on the principles of conservation agriculture. The goals are to improve rural incomes and livelihoods through sustainable management of agro-ecosystem productivity and diversity while minimizing unfavorable environmental impacts.

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Show and tell: when technology adoption becomes farmer-driven

Show and tell: when technology adoption becomes farmer-driven
The Conservation Agriculture and Smallholder Farmers in Eastern and Southern Africa (CASFESA) Project officially closed in Kenya in March 2015 after two-and-a-half years. During this period, CASFESA worked with maize farmers to promote three main technologies in Embu County, in the eastern region. But that was not all; the success of CASFESA was in the farmers’ vigor to adopt and own these technologies, and share their experience with other farmers.

From the Eye in the Sky to the Cell Phone in the Field: Technologies for All

From the Eye in the Sky to the Cell Phone in the Field: Technologies for All
For many farmers in the developing world, cell phones are the most accessible form of technology, but are only one of many technologies changing agriculture. Innovations such as the plough, irrigation and fertilizer have shaped the history of humankind. Today, technologies continue to play an essential role in agricultural production and impact the life of farmers’ everywhere.

In Nepal, Collective Action Helps Improve Farmers’ Incomes

In Nepal, Collective Action Helps Improve Farmers’ Incomes
Relatively low agricultural yields, soil erosion and labor out-migration are major challenges for monsoon-dependent agriculture in this region.

SAGARPA and CIMMYT aligning agendas for a great new vision on sustainable maize and wheat systems for improved livelihoods.

SAGARPA and CIMMYT aligning agendas for a great new vision on sustainable maize and wheat systems for improved livelihoods.
Enrique Martínez y Martínez, head of SAGARPA, and Martin Kropff, newly appointed director general at CIMMYT, held a meeting to discuss research and development priorities in the framework of their strategic collaboration.
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