Posts Tagged ‘Tanzania’

CIMMYT partners to combat parasite

February 13, 2014

By Brenna Goth/CIMMYT A partnership launched on 3 February by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation and led by the African Agricultural Techno …


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 …


Tanzanian seed company holds field days to popularize drought tolerant maize varieties

August 28, 2013

Farmers gather during a field day hosted by a seed company in Tanzania. Yield is one of the key things farmers consider when deciding what seed to buy. Farmers in Arusha, Tanzania shared this fact dur …


Learning to breed insect-resistant maize at CIMMYT-Kenya

August 21, 2013

“The trip was an eye opener for me. We have no mass rearing facility in Ethiopia; neither do we practice artificial infestation of stem borers. We only undertake natural infestation for our trials, wh …


Stepping up the fight against maize lethal necrosis in Eastern Africa

August 1, 2013

“I can now identify with accuracy plants affected with maize lethal necrotic disease,” stated Regina Tende, PhD student attached to CIMMYT, after attending the CIMMYT-Kenya Agricultural Research Insti …


Tracking the adoption patterns in maize and legume farming system in Ethiopia

July 19, 2013

Myths and cultural practices can block farmers’ acceptance of a new technology, particularly the principles of reduced tillage, residue retention, and cropping rotations that underlie conservation agr …


SIMLESA scientists receive agronomy training in South Africa

July 19, 2013

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 …


Building capacity of East African seed companies through training

July 2, 2013

Seed production workshop participants visited a hybrid seed field at East African Seeds in Uganda. In recent years seed companies in Tanzania and Uganda have seen tremendous growth, resulting largely …


Promising CIMMYT maize inbreds and pre-commercial hybrids identified against maize lethal necrosis (MLN)

June 14, 2013

The maize lethal necrosis (MLN) disease first appeared in Kenya’s Rift Valley in 2011 and quickly spread to other parts of Kenya, as well as to Uganda and Tanzania. Caused by a synergistic interplay o …


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 …


SIMLESA progressing and gearing up for Phase II

April 10, 2013

Over 200 researchers, policy makers, donors, seed companies, and NGO representatives from Africa and Australia gathered in Chimoio, Mozambique, during 17-23 March 2013 for the third SIMLESA (Sustainab …


Farm mechanization & conservation agriculture for sustainable intensification project launched

April 8, 2013

If asked “What is the most limiting factor to cereal production in sub-Saharan Africa,” most agronomists would say water, nitrogen, or phosphorus. Could farm power also have a place in this list? From …


DTMA recognizes best-performing teams in Eastern Africa

March 26, 2013

During 25-26 February 2013, 22 participants drawn from seed companies, national agricultural research institutes, and CIMMYT met in Arusha, Tanzania, for the regional Maize Working Group (MWG) meeting …


Maize lethal necrosis: Scientists and key stakeholders discuss strategies as the battle continues

March 7, 2013

A recently-emerged disease in Eastern Africa, maize lethal necrosis (MLN), remains a serious concern. A regional workshop on the disease and its management strategies was held during 12-14 February 20 …


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 …


Value chain analysis training: putting farmers first

January 31, 2013

Understanding the value chain of maize and legume crops and the ability to define various actors as well as their contributions and constraints along the value chain is crucial in identifying feasible …


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 …


Maize lethal necrosis (MLN) disease in Kenya and Tanzania: Facts and actions

January 29, 2013

A serious new disease of maize appeared in the farmers’ fields in eastern Africa in 2011. Called maize lethal necrosis (MLN; or corn lethal necrosis, CLN), it can devastate maize crops. The disease is …


Calls to adopt SIMLESA approach in project implementation across Tanzania

December 18, 2012

“The Ministry, and specifically the Directorate of Research and Development, immensely commends SIMLESA’s participatory approach and would like to recommend it to other research and development partne …


SIMLESA-Kenya: achievements and future goals

November 29, 2012

The Kenya Annual Review and Planning Meeting (ARPM) was held during 5-6 November 2012 at the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI). The meeting was attended by 33 participants from the Queensla …