Posts Tagged ‘South Africa’

African ambassadors to Zimbabwe support improved agriculture technologies

Several African nation ambassadors to Zimbabwe pledged to step up support for improved agriculture technologies.


New Publications: Climate change’s impact on agriculture expected to have multi-sector effects

A new study predicts that climate change will have a large, secondary impacts on agricultural societies in sub-Saharan Africa.


Harnessing maize biodiversity for food security, improved livelihoods in Africa

Diverse, stress tolerant maize varieties are benefiting smallholders throughout sub-Saharan Africa.


How improved maize gives options to farmers

Improved seeds resilient to drought, disease and other stresses allow farming families to invest more in their livelihoods and children’s futures.


Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa

The Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa (STMA) project aims to diminish devastating constraints in maize production that occur simultaneously across many regions in sub-Saharan Africa. The project develo …


Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat

Climate-change-induced heat stress and disease pathogens migrating across borders threaten the world’s wheat supply and food security in Africa and the Middle East. Building on the Durable Rust Resist …


New project helps African farmers address multiple stresses in maize farming

Photo: Peter Lowe/CIMMYT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Arusha, Tanzania, March 22 (CIMMYT) – The International Maize and Wheat Improvement center (CIMMYT) and its partners have unveiled a new project – Stress …


Water Efficient Maize for Africa

The Water Efficient Maize for Africa partnership was launched in March 2008 to help farmers manage the risk of drought by developing and deploying maize varieties that yield 24 to 35 percent more grai …


Scientists share strategy at conference to halt migratory wheat disease

Wheat scientists visit Washington to receive honor, detail research successes at American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting.


African maize farmers get support to mitigate impact of poor soils

As the global community marks World Soil Day, African smallholder farmers are contending with low yields due to low-fertility soils prevalent in most parts of sub-Saharan Africa, affecting food securi …


Study reveals challenges in southern Africa’s soil carbon uptake

Cheesman in a direct-seeded maize-soybean rotation in Chavakadzi village, Shamva District, Zimbabwe. Photo: Christian Thierfelder A new study led by ETH Zürich graduate Stephanie Cheesman, along with …


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.


Maize that packs a punch in face of adversity: unveiling new branded varieties for Africa

Even in the best years, significant swathes of sub-Saharan Africa suffer from recurrent drought. Drought wreaks havoc on the livelihoods of millions of Africans – livelihoods heavily leaning on rain-d …


CIMMYT welcomes new board members

Photo credit: CIMMYT How are New Board Members Appointed? CIMMYT’s Board of Trustees is composed of 13 experts appointed in their individual capacity and not as a representative of any outside entity. …


Addressing challenges in maize breeding to deliver improved seed to African smallholder farmers

In Swaziland, maize is a staple crop and a source of income for many of the nation’s farmers. “The work on our staple crop cannot be overstated,” said Dr. Vusumuzi Mkhonta, acting director, Department …


Researchers learn use of equipment for improved phenotyping

By Wandera Ojanji/CIMMYT Andrew Chavangi demonstrates the use of a seed counter. Amini Mataka, a research officer for CIMMYT’s Southern Africa Regional Office in Zimbabwe, was one of many Water Effici …


WEMA releases record number of maize varieties in Africa

By Wandera Ojanji/CIMMYT The Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project is on-track to produce and distribute at least 25 drought-tolerant maize hybrids for farmers in Kenya, Mozambique, South Af …


NSIMA: Seeding hope for smallholder farmers through partnerships

To achieve food security, smallholder farmers in Southern Africa require access to improved seed and inputs for higher yields. “Seed is one of the key movers in agricultural development,” says John Ma …


SIMLESA scientists receive agronomy training in South Africa

Fifteen young scientists from SIMLESA partner and spillover countries were recently trained by the Agricultural Research Council of South Africa (ARC-SA) on various aspects of agronomy and innovation …


Physiology to further improve rainfed winter wheat yields in Turkey

In the light of the impact made by CIMMYT in physiological pre-breeding in spring wheat with drought, the Global Wheat Program in Turkey expanded their efforts to winter wheat. To support the work of …