Martin Kropff, new CIMMYT Director General, embraces science for impact

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EL BATAN, Mexico (CIMMYT) – Martin Kropff, who takes the helm as director general at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) this week, considers science th …


Food Security

As staple foods, maize and wheat provide vital nutrients and health benefits, making up close to two-thirds of the world’s food energy intake, and contributing 55 to 70 percent of the total calories i …


Field days in Malawi and Zambia promote metal silos

By Wandera Ojanji/CIMMYT The Effective Grain Storage for Sustainable Livelihoods of African Farmers Project (EGSP) Phase-II held a series of field days in Malawi and Zambia to raise awareness and demo …


Government of Zimbabwe promises to support Grain Storage Project

By Wandera Ojanji/CIMMYT Ringson Chitsiko, Zimbabwe’s permanent secretary for Agriculture, Mechanization and Irrigation Development, has reiterated his government’s commitment to support the Effective …


Good postharvest management key to attaining food security

By Wandera Ojanji /CIMMYT Food security in Zambia is negatively affected by postharvest losses, said Chileshe Mulenga, permanent secretary of the country’s Eastern Province, at a training workshop for …


Appeal to aggressively promote metal silos and super grain bags in Malawi

By Wandera Ojanji /CIMMYT A government official in Malawi is urging extension officers and agro-dealers to promote metal silos and super grain bags to help reduce post-harvest grain losses, a serious …


Silo project celebrates successful first year, calls for policy reforms

By Wandera Ojanji/CIMMYT Photos: Wandera Ojanji/CIMMYT The wide adoption of metal silos for grain storage by smallholder farmers in eastern and southern Africa requires the identification of policy ga …


From Kenya to southern Africa: Effective grain storage crosses borders

By Wandera Ojanji Delegates stand with a modified metal silo at a workshop at the Baraka Agricultural College in Molo, Nakuru County, Kenya. Photos: Wandera Ojanji/CIMMYT Officials from Malawi and Zam …


Impressive adoption of metal silos in western Kenya

“When Richard Pamo, the then Caritas Development Coordinator [Homa Bay] introduced the metal silo technology to me in 2008, I felt I had received the solution to my perennial problems of storing my gr …


Metal silos: a timely intervention in curbing postharvest losses

The metal silo technology promoted by CIMMYT for maize storage has been hailed in Kenya as the ultimate solution to high maize postharvest losses caused by the maize weevil (Sitophilus zeamais) and la …


Curbing maize postharvest losses key to attaining food security in Kenya

Kenya has experienced tremendous improvements in maize productivity, rising from 1,530,000 metric tons in 2002 to 3,420,000 in 2011. However, postharvest losses of up to 40% of the harvested grain pos …


Curbing maize post-harvest losses continues

“Reducing post-harvest losses is key to increasing availability of food as it is not only important to increase domestic food production but also to protect what is produced by minimizing losses,” sta …


Extension personnel urged to lead by example in promoting metal silos

Agricultural extension service staff members in Zambia have been challenged to be the first adopters of metal silos to help promote the technology for effective grain storage. “I implore you, extensio …


Swiss Ambassador visits CIMMYT-Harare

Physiologist Jill Cairns talks about climatechange with the Swiss Ambassador. The Ambassador of Switzerland to Angola, Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, Luciano Lavizzari, accompanied by the Swiss Agency …


Controlling maize storage in Kenya: what really works?

As traditional storage methods are proving less efficient, especially when faced with pests, a team of scientists from CIMMYT and the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute researched the effectiveness …


Improving postharvest grain storage and loss assessment methods

In November, twelve researchers and development practitioners implementing phase two of the Effective Grain Storage for Sustainable Livelihoods of African Farmers Project (EGSP II) travelled from Mala …


More Kenyans to benefit from improved grain storage technologies

“Maize research in the country has contributed to increased productivity by developing high yielding hybrid varieties that give quick returns to the farmers. However, 30% of post-harvest losses incurr …


Sharing experiences with effective grain storage in Africa

A delegation from Kenya, Malawi, Zimbabwe, and Zambia — the target countries of the Effective Grain Storage for Sustainable Livelihoods of African Farmers (EGSP) Phase-II Project— visited Malawi durin …


Project aiming to reduce post-harvest losses launched in Malawi

“Storage technologies provided by the Effective Grain Storage for Sustainable Livelihoods of African Farmers Project offer effective grain protection against pest and moisture,” said Honorable Jermoth …


Metal silos and super grain bags improve grain storage in Zimbabwe and Zambia

Farmers in Zimbabwe and Zambia, who have been losing their maize harvests due to poor storage facilities, can now effectively store their grain in metal silos and super bags, courtesy of Effective Gra …