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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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.

Shedding light on a hot topic, and what the future holds

Shedding light on a hot topic, and what the future holds
Although climate change is a global phenomenon, its impacts vary depending on region and season. For appropriate adaptation and timely responses, we first need a better understanding of the potential impacts of climate change on maize yield and production at different spatial and temporal scales. To help fill this gap is a forthcoming article in the International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management entitled 'Maize systems under climate change in sub-Saharan Africa: potential impacts on production and food security'.

Seeds for Needs in Malawi

Seeds for Needs in Malawi
More than half of Malawi’s population lives below the poverty line. Malawians are mainly farmers, and with 85 percent of the population depending on rain, recurring droughts make it harder to feed the family – nearly one-quarter of Malawians cannot meet their daily food needs. At only 25 percent, use of improved seeds is still very low among smallholders in Malawi. Maize yields are below 2 tonnes per hectare, whereas there are varieties available that can yield as much as 10 tonnes per hectare.

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
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