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.

Sustainable Intensification 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 Sustainable Intensification. 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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Gender bias may limit uptake of climate-smart farm practices, study shows

Gender bias may limit uptake of climate-smart farm practices, study shows
Farmer education programs that fail to address traditional gender roles may sideline women, limiting their  use of  conservation agriculture techniques, which can boost their ability to adapt to climate change, a new research paper states.

Zero-till Wheat Raises Farmers’ Incomes in Eastern India, Research Shows

Zero-till Wheat Raises Farmers’ Incomes in Eastern India, Research Shows
Large-scale adoption of zero tillage wheat production could play a major role in making the eastern Indian state of Bihar self-sufficient in wheat, according to a new study published by CIMMYT agricultural scientists.

Conservation and Rural Production Sectors Begin Consultation in the First Forum of “Territorial Development: Tools for Sustainable Intensification Production”

Conservation and Rural Production Sectors Begin Consultation in the First Forum of “Territorial Development: Tools for Sustainable Intensification Production”
The Mexico REDD+ Alliance, with USAID’s support, and CIMMYT call experts and stakeholders from the conservation and agriculture sectors to discuss and develop a common agenda for raising productivity to guarantee food security and protect natural resources in a way that secures food supplies despite climate change. (Only available in Spanish)

Cargill and CIMMYT announce prize for innovation and sustainability in the agricultural sector

Cargill and CIMMYT announce prize for innovation and sustainability in the agricultural sector
Cargill Mexico and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) invite staple grains producers, researchers and opinion leaders to participate in the Cargill-CIMMYT Prize to Food Security and Sustainability. (Only available in Spanish)

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.
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