Drought-tolerant hybrid seed offers farmers reprieve from hunger
Farmers are reaping the benefits of SAWA hybrid, an improved maize seed variety designed to withstand drought conditions.
Machine learning for smarter seed selection to reduce risks for Mexican maize farmers
Source: AgroNews (4 Mar 2019)
CIMMYT and BioSense Institute jointly won the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture Inspire Challenge in 2018 for machine learning for smarter seed selection.
New publication: Gender and agricultural innovation in Oromia Region, Ethiopia
Source: Addis Standard (1 Mar 2019)
Drawing on GENNOVATE case studies from two wheat-growing communities, the authors examine how women and men smallholders innovate with improved wheat seed, row planting and the broad bed maker.
Fighting the fungi that destroy wheat
Source: Dhaka Tribune (2 Mar 2019)
CIMMYT researchers propose long-term solutions to fighting wheat blast, including a diagnostic tool for wheat blast surveillance and a platform for open data and science to combat the fungus.
New publications: Gender and agricultural innovation in Oromia region, Ethiopia
Authors examine how smallholders attempt to innovate with improved wheat seed, row planting, and the broad bed maker, introduced through the Ethiopian agricultural extension system.
Policy forum in Mozambique recommends scaling sustainable agriculture practices
Unsustainable farming practices like monocropping are impacting soil health and reducing the productivity of farms.
The missing seed market
A new guidebook promotes improved seed and farming technologies for men and women, with the goal of increasing adoption rates.
Assessing the effectiveness of a “wheat holiday” for preventing blast in the lower Gangetic plains
Policy to encourage alternative crops for wheat farmers in South Asia a short-term solution at best, say CIMMYT researchers
New CIMMYT pre-commercial maize hybrids available from eastern and southern Africa breeding programs
CIMMYT is offering a new set of improved maize hybrids to partners, to scale up production for farmers in these areas.
New infographics illustrate impact of wheat blast
They show how wheat blast spreads, its potential effect on wheat production in South Asia and ways farmers can manage it.
Women’s equality crucial for Ethiopia’s agricultural productivity
Source: The Reporter (16 Feb 2019)
A new report shows that gender inequality in Ethiopia is hampering efforts to reach the government’s goal of wheat self-sufficiency by 2022.
New partnership announced for sustainable maize production in Colombia
The project will develop maize varieties adapted to the country’s farming conditions and will promote sustainable intensification practices among farmers.
Breaking Ground: Fernando H. Toledo researches new models of analysis under simulated scenarios
Toledo’s research is multidisciplinary — it involves genetics and breeding knowledge, as well as statistics and computer science.
Experts analyze food systems at EAT-Lancet Commission report launch in Ethiopia
Government officials, researchers and experts developed a list of recommendations going forward.
Precision planters boost maize yields in Pakistan
In the northwestern province of Pakistan, CIMMYT is helping connect farmers with precision planters to support higher maize yields and incomes.