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Project helps African farmers identify regional best practices

October 11, 2017

Traditional farming systems in Africa must be updated for today’s climate and market challenges, according to a new article from the University of Queensland.


Increased investment needed to adapt Africa’s agriculture to climate change

July 5, 2017

Delegates at a conference in June called for a new focus and increase in investment to ensure eastern and southern Africa’s farming systems can withstand the impacts of climate change.


Maize lethal necrosis quarantine facility opens avenues for introducing novel maize germplasm in southern Africa

May 22, 2017

The maize lethal necrosis quarantine facility in southern Africa was officially opened in Zimbabwe on April 20, 2017.


Gender and development specialist Rahma Adam: Aiding African women to build household food security

March 8, 2017

In a special interview to mark International Women’s Day, CIMMYT gender specialist Rahma Adam detailed how her research aims to improve the agricultural productivity of women in south and eastern Afri …


Growing more with less: Improving productivity, resilience and sustainability in Africa

October 24, 2016

Sustainable intensification is helping farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa become more productive, while adapting to and mitigating climate change.


Building a sustainable future: A history of conservation agriculture in southern Africa

June 23, 2016

Since 2004, conservation agriculture has helped farmers in southern Africa maintain and boost yields, protect the environment and increase profits.


Sustainable agricultural technologies: A sure pathway for improving African smallholder farmers’ nutrition and food security

May 17, 2016

A four-year project concludes with rich evidence that will enable policy makers to support adoption of innovative agricultural technologies by smallholder farmers in Africa Angeline Odero in her maize …


SIMLESA meeting reveals many successes, gears up for phase II

April 29, 2016

SIMLESA discusses progress, achievements, and ways forward through 2018 at annual meeting.


How to work with agricultural innovation systems

January 26, 2016

The CGIAR Research Program on MAIZE and the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) of the Netherlands organized a workshop called “Designing projects focusing on agricultural innovation systems” in Wageningen …


Reviewing progress and impacts of two core maize projects as they wind up work in sub-Saharan Africa

November 23, 2015

Joseph Mulei on his farm in Machakos County, Kenya, where he planted several drought tolerant hybrid maize varieties including Drought Tego and Sawa (DSL H103). Photo: Brenda Wawa/CIMMYT. About 100 pa …


SIMLESA review finds many successes and major challenges

November 17, 2015

Farmers selecting pigeon pea varieties at Msingisi village, Gairo district, through SIMLESA. Photo: CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes On 16-31 October 2015, the Sustainable Intensification of Ma …


Agriculture ministers support policies to achieve Africa’s growth potential

November 17, 2015

East and Southern African countries need to formulate and implement appropriate policies to help smallholder farmers access technologies.


Drought-tolerant maize to the rescue as hunger threatens 1.5 million in Zimbabwe

October 21, 2015

CIMMYT and its partners are working to increase the productivity of maize-based farming systems to ensure food security and increase incomes.


Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH)

September 28, 2015

Hunger, malnutrition, and poor health are widespread and stubborn development challenges. Agriculture has made remarkable advances in the past decades, but progress in improving the nutrition and heal …


Empowering women in agriculture through SIMLESA

September 23, 2015

CIMMYT and the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) of South Africa host a five-day gender training workshop in Pretoria, South Africa.


Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume Systems for Food Security in Eastern and Southern Africa

September 14, 2015

The Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume Systems for Food Security in East Asia (SIMLESA) program is a collaboration between the national agricultural systems of Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozamb …


Conservation agriculture in Africa: where does it fit?

June 9, 2015

The controversial debate among researchers about the suitability of conservation agriculture for smallholder farmers in Africa continues while millions face food insecurity and degrading resources.


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 …


SIMLESA’s seamlessly integrated solution for a perennial problem

April 13, 2015

Southern Africa smallholder farmers can attain food security and more income through sustainable intensification of maize-based farming systems. This was revealed during recent field learning tours in …


Conservation agriculture viable, say Ethiopian farmers, as curtain comes down on CASFESA pilot project

March 4, 2015

“Only those of us bold enough to try conservation agriculture technologies like zero tillage and intercropping benefited a lot, while all others were left behind.” – Hunegnaw Wubie, farmer, South Ache …