Posts Tagged ‘Malawi’

Resource-conserving practices for smallholder farmers in Africa

March 14, 2013

“Today Embu farmers are reaping benefits associated with conservation agriculture, where SIMLESA started activities in 2010,” said Charles Wanjau, District Agricultural Officer, Embu East. “We hope th …


‘One cannot eat tobacco!’ SIMLEZA field tour in eastern Zambia

February 23, 2013

In rural areas surrounding Chipata in eastern Zambia, tobacco, cotton, and maize seem to dominate the agricultural landscape. If you look closer, you will also see smaller fields with groundnuts, cowp …


One size doesn’t fit all: training on farm household typology

February 1, 2013

Since adopting a one-size-fits-all approach in technology generation and dissemination is unlikely to bring positive results, it is necessary to understand what intervention works for whom, where, and …


Gender integration and data analysis: a better way to move forward

January 30, 2013

Gender mainstreaming in agricultural development is on the agenda of national governments and the international development community (for more information on CIMMYT and gender mainstreaming see “Inte …


Improving postharvest grain storage and loss assessment methods

December 14, 2012

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 …


Sharing experiences with effective grain storage in Africa

November 14, 2012

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 …


DTMA III holds annual meeting

October 26, 2012

The Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) Initiative held its first annual meeting of phase 3 during 24- 28 September 2012 at the Nairobi Safari Club Hotel in Kenya. The meeting was attended by 83 …


Project aiming to reduce post-harvest losses launched in Malawi

October 17, 2012

“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 …


SIMLESA achievements and challenges in Southern Africa

October 4, 2012

The Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume Systems for Food Security in Eastern and Southern Africa (SIMLESA) initiative held its annual review and planning meetings for Southern Africa in Chimoi …


Partners meet in Ethiopia to launch Adoption Pathways

October 1, 2012

The first planning and inception meeting of the ‘Identifying socioeconomic constraints to and incentives for faster technology adoption: Pathways to sustainable intensification in Eastern and Southern …


DTMA strengthens research and extension links in Southern Africa

August 28, 2012

Largely because commercial farmers have shifted to cash crops such as tobacco and horticulture, smallholder farmers now account for 70-80% of food production in Zimbabwe, and they have little access t …


Achievements for drought tolerant maize breeding in southern Africa

August 21, 2012

Maize plays a pivotal role in the livelihoods of people in southern Africa: its annual per capita consumption is around 85 kg. In the past season, however, farmers in Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Swazil …


Capacity building in gender mainstreaming for SIMLESA

August 15, 2012

The Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume Systems for Food Security in Eastern and Southern Africa (SIMLESA) initiative held its third workshop on gender mainstreaming at the International Lives …


Visiting CIMMYT-Kenya to improve competency in breeding insect-resistant maize

August 1, 2012

During 1-8 July 2012, scientists from Malawi, Mozambique, and Tanzania visited CIMMYT-Kenya to get hands-on experience in developing insect-resistant maize using conventional approaches. Among the vis …


Grain storage technologies to reduce post-harvest losses

July 16, 2012

A Launch and Inception Planning Workshop for the Effective Grain Storage for Sustainable Livelihoods of African Farmers (EGSP) Phase-II Project was held in Lusaka, Zambia, during 28-29 June 2012. Buil …


Africa recruits research partners to secure its food

May 15, 2012

ACIAR’s Dr. John Dixon and Dr. Daniel Rodriguez of the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, with farmers from Melkassa, Ethiopia A maize – legume farm in Tanzania Government extens …


Maize farmers and seed businesses changing with the times in Malawi

May 15, 2012

In Malawi, farmers who have in the past few years witnessed crop failure due to poor rains are switching to two new drought tolerant maize varieties, and seed companies are changing their business mod …


Maize without borders: Reforming maize seed sector policies to meet farmers’ needs in Africa

May 14, 2012

CIMMYT E-News, vol 5 no. 10, October 2008 Senior policy makers from sub-Saharan Africa have recently made recommendations for policy actions to reform operations in the maize seed sector. At stake is …


MELISA: Mechanization for SIMLESA

May 4, 2012

Farm mechanization has progressed little if at all in sub-Saharan Africa, due to a lack of demand, promotion of unsuitable or unreliable machines, little support infrastructure, promotion of inappropr …


SIMLESA: Celebrating two years of achievements, defining the future

April 24, 2012

During 19-23 March 2012, over 200 researchers, policy makers, donors, seed specialists, and NGO representatives from Africa and Australia gathered in Arusha, Tanzania, for the second SIMLESA (Sustaina …