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Q+A: Agricultural mechanization fuels opportunity for youth in rural Africa

April 26, 2017

Small-scale agricultural mechanization is showing signs it has the potential to fuel rural employment for youth in sub-Saharan Africa, according to researchers.


Farm Mechanization and Conservation Agriculture for Sustainable Intensification

February 17, 2016

Agricultural intensification is both a need and an opportunity for countries in sub-Sahara Africa. For intensification to occur sustainably — with minimum negative environmental and social consequenc …


Cross-regional efforts produce a toolbar for direct seeding of maize

December 18, 2015

Cheap, light, versatile… and locally manufactured Direct seeding of maize using a two-wheel tractor has been made possible over the past decade or so by manufacturing companies in China, India, and Br …


Direct seeding with two-wheel tractors increases wheat yield and saves time in the Ethiopian highlands

December 16, 2015

A service provider in Lemo, Ethiopia. Photo: Frédéric Baudron Agronomic practices that can close the wheat yield gap in the Ethiopian highlands are well known: row planting, precise fertilizer applica …


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

December 8, 2015

Farmer education programs that fail to address traditional gender roles may sideline women, limiting use of conservation agriculture techniques, reducing their ability to fight climate change.


RISING Voices interviews Frédéric Baudron

October 5, 2015

Africa RISING interviews Frédéric Baudron, systems agronomist at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Ethiopia.


Food Security

May 20, 2015

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 …


Gender

May 20, 2015

CIMMYT aims to enhance the relevance and overall impact of maize and wheat-specific interventions for smallholder farmers. Raising the productivity of these crops is essential to alleviate poverty and …


Sustainable Intensification

May 15, 2015

Sustainable intensification agriculture practices are aimed at enhancing the productivity of labor, land and capital. They offer the potential to simultaneously address a number of pressing developmen …


Two-wheeled tractors key to smallholder mechanization in Africa

April 28, 2015

The Farm Mechanization and Conservation Agriculture for Sustainable Intensification (FACASI) project held its second review and planning meeting, as well as mid-term review, during a five-day event in …


CIMMYT Socio-Economics Program (SEP)

August 21, 2014

The potential of agricultural development for poverty alleviation and food security is widely acknowledged, particularly for resource-poor farmers in the developing world. But actually realizing this …


Female-friendly seeder to boost conservation agriculture in Africa

October 31, 2013

By Frédéric Baudron/CIMMYT Photo: Frédéric Baudron/CIMMYT A lightweight seeder designed for conservation agriculture could help households headed by women in eastern and southern Africa to adopt the t …


Two-wheel tractor seed drill modified for African smallholder maize farmers

October 8, 2013

The modified ‘Gongli Africa +.’ Photo: Frédéric Baudron/CIMMYT By Frédéric Baudron/CIMMYT The Farm Mechanization and Conservation Agriculture for Sustainable Intensification (FACASI) project is addres …


Conservation agriculture: The Green Revolution for Africa?

June 25, 2013

The Global Conservation Agriculture Program (GCAP) works closely with partners all over the world toward an ultimate vision of widespread use of sustainable systems by smallholder farmers, based on th …


Giving power to African farmers: learning from the Indian experience

June 4, 2013

From 29 April to 10 May, 16 agricultural engineers, agronomists, machinery importers, and machinery manufacturers from Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe took part in a study tour in India organi …