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

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

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

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


How to work with agricultural innovation systems

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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?

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

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

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

“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 …


Highlights of the 12th Asian Maize Conference

The 12th Asian Maize Conference and Expert Consultation on “Maize for Food, Feed, Nutrition and Environmental Security” convened in Bangkok, Thailand from 31 October to 1 November 2014.


CIMMYT prepares to launch second phase of SIMLESA in Kenya and Tanzania

Representatives from the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), Queensland Alliance for Agricultural and Food Innovation (QAAFI), the International Center for Tropical Agri …


CIMMYT Socio-Economics Program (SEP)

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 …


Sustainable intensification (GCAP)

Go back to Conservation Agriculture The primary purpose of the CIMMYT Global Conservation Agriculture Program (GCAP) is to co-develop sustainable intensification options for and with smallholder farme …


SIMLESA Phase II up and running

By Gift Mashango and Mekuria Mulugetta Members of the project management committee discussed SIMLESA’s second phase during a 1 July planning meeting in Addis Ababa. Phase II of the Sustainable Intensi …