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Cross-regional efforts produce a toolbar for direct seeding of maize

Cheap, light, versatile… and locally manufactured Direct seeding of maize using a two-wheel tractor has been made possible over the past decade or so by manufacturing companies in China, India, and Br …


Balancing economy and ecology: agriculture vs. nature

Reconciliation of the right to develop and environmental protection must move beyond global dialogue and be put into practice.


Direct seeding with two-wheel tractors increases wheat yield and saves time in the Ethiopian highlands

A service provider in Lemo, Ethiopia. Photo: Frédéric Baudron Agronomic practices that can close the wheat yield gap in the Ethiopian highlands are well known: row planting, precise fertilizer applica …


Maintaining a diverse landscape in maize- and wheat-based systems to ensure a nutritious diet

Increasing wheat and maize yields in Arsi Negele (southern Ethiopia) is not enough to guarantee a nutritious diet, but maintaining a diverse landscape appears critical. Photo: F. Baudron Arsi Negele, …


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.


Two-wheel tractors to increase smallholder farm power in Ethiopia

For Ethiopian smallholder farmers who have for millennia used the traditional animal-drawn maresha plow, two-wheel tractors could increase their productivity while reducing labor.


Gender matters in farm power

The goals of the Farm Power and Conservation Agriculture for Sustainable Intensification (FACASI) project are to address the issues of declining farm power in eastern and southern Africa, and to reduc …


Scale-appropriate mechanization: the intercontinental connection

CIMMYT aims to improve the livelihoods of poor farmers in the developing world by providing practical solutions for more efficient and sustainable farming. Among the options to improve efficiency, sca …


CIMMYT Ethiopia expands its agronomy work in wheat-based systems

CIMMYT Ethiopia joined the Ethiopian Highlands project of Africa RISING ‘Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation’ in June.