Archive for November, 2013

SIMLESA-supported innovation platforms inspire Kenya’s farmers

November 29, 2013

By Michael Arunga/CIMMYT Farmers in Siaya and Bungoma counties of western Kenya, a region with low agricultural productivity, are embracing good agricultural practices and increasing their harvests th …


CIMMYT leads fight against lethal maize disease in eastern Africa

November 29, 2013

By Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT CIMMYT is leading collaborative research efforts to control the deadly maize lethal necrosis (MLN) disease that is devastating crops in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. F …


Demonstration sites showcase conservation agriculture in Ethiopia

November 28, 2013

By Moti Jaleta/CIMMYT Farmers discuss their experiences with conservation agriculture technologies. Photo: Moti Jaleta Farmers showcased the benefits of conservation agriculture in retaining soil mois …


Dual-purpose maize could reduce fodder shortages in India

November 26, 2013

Maize stover is dumped in a field for use as a cooking fuel. By Brenna Goth/CIMMYT Maize stover – the part of the crop left over after grain harvest – provides a promising option for feeding livestock …


Project tests new ways to deliver climate messages to farmers’ cell phones

November 25, 2013

By Surabhi Mittal/CIMMYT and Dharini Parthasarathy/CCAFS South Asia Farmers in India are now participating in a new project which aims to tailor phone messages to farmers’ real needs with the hope of …


Researchers receive fellowships

November 22, 2013

By Brenna Goth/CIMMYT Congratulations to two CIMMYT scientists who received fellowships this month. Wheat physiologist Matthew Reynolds (pictured left) became a fellow of the Crop Science Society of A …


Behind the science: crop physiology solves real-life problems

November 22, 2013

By Brenna Goth/CIMMYT CIMMYT’s wheat physiology unit has grown from a small team led by one scientist in Mexico to a group that now includes specialists in crop modeling, crop physiology, molecular ge …


Trees keep Ethiopia’s wheat cool and productive

November 21, 2013

By Frédéric Baudron/CIMMYT Researchers with CIMMYT’s Global Conservation Agriculture Program (GCAP) in Ethiopia have found that use of agroforestry systems involving an indigenous tree could mitigate …


Conservation agriculture machines brought to Afghanistan

November 19, 2013

CIMMYT is taking the next step in bringing Afghanistan a much-needed intervention to improve wheat research and production, an official for the country said at a meeting last month. With support from …


Borlaug through the ages

November 18, 2013

By Patrick Wall/CIMMYT Those who worked with Dr. Norman Borlaug are proud to show their photos with him. In Punjab, India, farmer Charanjit Singh Gill shows a photo of his father with Borlaug during a …


Training on mycotoxins supports Peruvian maize exports

November 15, 2013

By Sam Storr/CIMMYT To bolster maize exports to the European Union (EU), Peru is taking measures to ensure its grain is free from mycotoxins, according to CIMMYT maize pathologist Henry Ngugi. “They w …


Soil works as ecosystem service provider

November 14, 2013

By Jack McHugh/CIMMYT Soil’s role in the ecosystem is the basis of food security and sustainable farming, scientists learned at a conference in China last month. More than 40 researchers from the Ning …


Conservation agriculture demonstration plot opens in Ethiopia

November 11, 2013

The GCAP-Ethiopia team stands in the demonstration plot. From left to right: Yodit Kebede, Ph.D. candidate; Michael Misiko, innovation scientist; Tesfaye Shiferaw, Ph.D. candidate; Dereje Tirfessa, re …


Silo project celebrates successful first year, calls for policy reforms

November 8, 2013

By Wandera Ojanji/CIMMYT Photos: Wandera Ojanji/CIMMYT The wide adoption of metal silos for grain storage by smallholder farmers in eastern and southern Africa requires the identification of policy ga …


Working group to enhance seed delivery to African farmers formed

November 6, 2013

By Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT DTMA project leader Tsedeke Abate takes notes as AGRA-PASS director Joseph DeVries’ makes his presentation. Photo: Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT The Drought Tolerant Maize for Afr …


Student reflection: my visit to CIMMYT-Hyderabad, India

November 6, 2013

Alex Renaud is a third-year graduate student pursuing a doctorate degree in plant breeding and genetics.


Scientists identify sustainable agriculture research themes in India

November 5, 2013

Photo: Tripti Agarwal/CIMMYT Scientists need to capture and refine farmers’ conservation agriculture innovations. This recommendation came from the National Travelling Seminar on Conservation Agricult …


CIMMYT rebuilds partnerships in Pakistan

November 5, 2013

CIMMYT Faisalabad Office (left-right): Dr, Imtiaz Muhammed, Country Liaison Officer, CIMMYT Pakistan;Dr. Etienne Duveiller, South Asia Regional Director, CIMMYT; Dr. Thomas Lumpkin, Director General,C …


Behind the science: maize breeder inspired by ‘personal challenge’

November 4, 2013

By Brenna Goth and Maria Concepción Castro/CIMMYT CIMMYT maize breeder José Luis Torres said he is driven by a strong passion for his work. Photo: Xochiquezatl Fonseca Last week marked 29 years since …


Course teaches farming system analysis

November 1, 2013

By Frédéric Baudron /CIMMYT An international group of Ph.D. students was trained on farming systems and rural livelihoods during a course this month in Ethiopia. CIMMYT, Hawassa University and Wagenin …