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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.

Will El Niño be a wake-up call to invest in food security solutions?

In southern Africa close to 50 million people are projected to be affected by droughts caused by the current El Niño, write CIMMYT scientists.

Green manure crop cover reduces need for mineral fertilizer in Africa

Green manures are an affordable and environmentally friendly alternative to fertilizer for many farmers in southern Africa.

Livestock key to breaking Zambia’s poverty trap

Malende has been a focus of CIMMYT’s major research programs since 2005, where cropping systems based on the practices of conservation agriculture (CA) have been introduced.

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.

Green manures help Zambian and Malawian farmers feed crops and livestock

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has tasked CIMMYT with a new project to introduce green manure cover crops to smallholder farmers in eastern Zambia and central and so …

Mother-baby trials promote conservation agriculture in Manica, Mozambique

A testament to increased climate variability and risk for farming systems already operating on the razor’s edge, the 2014-15 cropping season will be recognized as a sad write-off by most farmers in Ce …

Malawi Principal Secretary praises CIMMYT contributions to climate change adaptation

Malawi’s Principal Secretary for Agriculture, Erica Maganga, led a delegation of Government Principle Secretaries and seed company representatives to Mpilisi and Ulongue in Balaka District on 11 March …

When rural farmers are given a voice: successful farmers share their experience with sustainable intensification

When traveling from Chimoio to Tete along one of the main roads in central Mozambique, one inevitably passes through Malomue, a small rural village in Báruè District. Since 2008, conservation agricult …

Farmers in southern Africa reap benefits of conservation agriculture

CIMMYT’S Global Conservation Agriculture Program Manager, Irene Christiansen, received a first-hand look at the benefits and challenges of practicing conservation agriculture (CA) in southern Africa d …