In order for a CIMMYT project to succeed it must have several components – high-quality seed, responsible agronomy, good policy and a functioning market.

Socioeconomic data is integrated into all of CIMMYT’s decisions. Accurate information leads to wise decisions by farmers, policy-makers and researchers. Detailed and timely information about markets, weather, policy, seed and agronomy makes an enormous difference in the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.

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Conservation Agriculture Viable, Say Ethiopian Farmers, as Curtain Comes Down on CASFESA Pilot Project

Conservation Agriculture Viable, Say Ethiopian Farmers, as Curtain Comes Down on CASFESA Pilot Project
As the Conservation Agriculture and Smallholder Farmers in East and Southern Africa (CASFESA) pilot project approaches its end in March 2015, a series of closing workshops has been convened. Here is the Ethiopia chapter, where farmers made their voices heard.

Honoring the Life and Legacy of Wilfred Mwangi, CIMMYT Agricultural Economist

Honoring the Life and Legacy of Wilfred Mwangi, CIMMYT Agricultural Economist
The CIMMYT community celebrates the illustrious life and mourns the passing on 11 December of Wilfred M. Mwangi, distinguished Kenyan scholar, statesman and researcher who dedicated his career to improving the food security and livelihoods of farmers in sub-Saharan Africa

Droughts in major wheat areas can fuel revolutions

Droughts in major wheat areas can fuel revolutions

A February 2013 report from the Center for Climate & Security entitled “The Arab Spring and Climate Change” identifies climate change consequences—among them global and local wheat shortages and price hikes—as stressors that can ignite underlying causes of social conflict. In the opening chapter of the report, Oxford University Geographer Troy Sternberg notes how “…once-in-a-century winter drought in China reduced global wheat supply and contributed to global wheat shortages and skyrocketing bread prices in Egypt, the world’s largest wheat importer.” New York Times OpEd writer Tom Friedman wrote about the Center for Climate & Security study (see The Scary Hidden Stressor.)

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket: Bangladesh tries maize cropping for feed

Demand for maize has popped up across Asia, but much of the grain is enjoyed by poultry, not people. In Bangladesh, maize is a fairly new crop, yet demand in this country already mirrors that of neighboring nations like China and India. A recent CIMMYT report explores these emerging trends and the efforts to incorporate sustainable and economically viable maize cropping systems into a traditionally rice-based country.

Maize in Kenya: The search for a successful subsidy

It is a common dilemma for non-profits and assistance programs: how to deliver benefits to the needy without creating dependency or disrupting markets. Addressing this problem, Maize Seed for the Poor (MSP), a pilot project in Kenya, is exploring ways to offer farmers subsidized agricultural inputs to boost farm productivity, while also energizing local seed markets.
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