GENNOVATE

GENNOVATE is a global comparative research initiative which addresses the question of how gender norms influence men, women and youth to adopt innovation in agriculture and natural resource management …


FAO has its finger on the ‘pulse’ when it comes to food security

Pulses, an annual leguminous crop yielding from one to 12 seeds, are essential in the fight for food security due to their nutrient value and their key role in crop rotations through the ability to fi …


New findings on gender gap in conservation agriculture

Interview with Clare Stirling, co-author of a new paper, reveals almost no conservation agriculture studies consider gender and gender relations as a factor that may explain low adoption rates.


Study reveals challenges in southern Africa’s soil carbon uptake

Cheesman in a direct-seeded maize-soybean rotation in Chavakadzi village, Shamva District, Zimbabwe. Photo: Christian Thierfelder A new study led by ETH Zürich graduate Stephanie Cheesman, along with …


XXI Latin American Maize Meeting

Bolivia’s National Agricultural, Livestock and Forestry Innovation Institute (INIAF) and the CIMMYT-Colombia office organized the XXI Latin American Maize Meeting (XXIRLM) held in Santa Cruz de la Sie …


Building India’s national capacity in conservation agriculture

Participants received hands-on training on CA technologies and visited several participatory and strategic trials. Photo: Kiranjot Kaur/CIMMYT. It is estimated that as of 2013, nearly 1.5 million hect …


Green manure crop cover reduces need for mineral fertilizer in Africa

Green manures are an affordable and environmentally friendly alternative to fertilizer for many farmers in southern Africa.


Minimizing yield losses via conservation agriculture

Last year, climatic variability such as untimely rainfall was devastating in northwest India. Mid-season rainfall resulted in massive yield losses during winter 2014-15. Starting that season, a case s …


Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)

Achieving sustainable food security in a world with a growing population, changing diets and a changing climate is a major challenge. More food is needed in the future but climate change means less fo …


Sustainable intensification in China: doing more with less

Transplanting rice seedlings into ZT wheat stubble in Litong, China. Photo: Yuan Hanmin As part of CIMMYT’s ongoing collaboration with the Ningxia Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences and the …


Smart mechanization is a continuous improvement process: the case of a conservation agriculture machinery manufacturer

Martín Sánchez develops machines for conservation agriculture based on CIMMYT prototypes. The building of local capacities is one of the objectives MasAgro pursues to achieve the adoption of conservat …


SIMLESA-Mozambique learns more about conservation agriculture technologies in Brazil

Three agriculturalists from the Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume Cropping Systems for Food Security in Eastern and Southern Africa (SIMLESA)–Mozambique made a training visit to Brazil on 3- …


CIMMYT farm mechanization project attracts wide coverage by Ethiopian media

It is not often that conservation agriculture, the subject of numerous scholarly articles and dissertations, gets wide coverage from the mainstream media in Ethiopia. It is thus remarkable that the me …


Show and tell: when technology adoption becomes farmer-driven

What does the CASFESA project have to show for two-and-a-half years in Kenya? Many poor smallholder farmers in Africa bear the brunt of infertile soils. Research offers a partial solution: Conservatio …


14 years of CA research on display

In 2002, ACIAR and Gansu Agricultural University initiated a rainfed conservation agriculture research project in Dingxi County, Loess Plateau, Gansu Province. Li Lingling and her team have religiousl …


CIMMYT-China Science Week: modern conservation agriculture systems

CIMMYT-China, the Gansu Foreign Expert Bureau and Gansu Agricultural University (GAU) in Lanzhou City sponsored an international farming systems research workshop from 30 June–4 July 2015. Jack McHugh …


Livestock key to breaking Zambia’s poverty trap

Malende has been a focus of CIMMYT’s major research programs since 2005, where cropping systems based on the practices of conservation agriculture (CA) have been introduced.


AIP-CIMMYT holds national meeting on conservation agriculture in Pakistan

“Cereal system productivity cannot be improved without improving agronomic practices,” declared Shahid Masood, Member of the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) at a two-day AIP-Agronomy nat …


Creative solutions for Latin American agriculture

Nele Verhulst, Strategic Research Coordinator of the Global Conservation Agriculture Program (GCAP), led CIMMYT’s 21st International Training Course on Conservation Agriculture from 25 May-26 June. A …


AIP-CIMMYT holds national meeting on conservation agriculture in Pakistan

Inaugural session of the AIP-Agronomy national meeting on conservation agriculture. Photo: Amina Nasim Khan “Cereal system productivity cannot be improved without improving agronomic practices,” decla …