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The impact of climate inaction on food security

A farmer watering plants at an organic farm in Boung Phao Village, Laos. (Photo: Asian Development Bank)

The global food system needs to be transformed to respond to the health and nutrition needs of the future. To achieve this, however, there needs to be a strong global program to prevent greater threats from climate change.


Gratitude for soil

If we take care of our soils, our soils will take care of us. (Photo: Shashish Maharjan/CIMMYT)

On December 5, we celebrate World Soil Day. This year the theme is “Be the solution to soil pollution.” Most of you may not have been aware that such a day even existed or perhaps even question the reason why the world even dedicates an entire day to c …


Experts at Asian Maize Conference express concern over growing incidence of Fall Armyworm

The 13th Asian Maize Conference took place from October 8 to October 10 in Ludhiana, India. (Photo: Manjit Singh/Punjab Agricultural University)

The Asian Maize Conference and expert consultation on “Maize for Food, Feed, Nutrition, and Environmental Security” was held in Ludhiana, Punjab, last week.


Planting the seed of agricultural innovation in Africa

Service provider Bedilu Desta and his helper Fekadu Assefa drive a two-wheel tractor and thresher in the village of Gudoberet, Basona district, Ethiopia, in 2015. (Photo: Peter Lowe/CIMMYT)

We have seen an increased use of improved seed, appropriate technologies and agricultural machinery, all adapted to the specific needs of African farmers. In this op-ed, Stephen Mugo and I discuss the best way to take this progress even further, so small farmers across the continent can reap the benefits of sustainable intensification practices and produce more food.


Forecast drought: ED engages experts

President Mnangagwa welcomes International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre director general Dr Martin Kropff at Munhumutapa Offices in Harare. (Picture by Tawanda Mudimu)

While traveling through Africa and stopping at CIMMYT’s regional offices, I had the pleasure of meeting the President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa, and discussing ways of enhancing agricultural productivity in the face of erratic rains expected in the 2018-19 farming season.


Climate disasters are closing in. Why have we forgotten farmers?

A maize field is inundated by a flash flood in southern Bangladesh. Photo: M. Yusuf Ali/CIMMYT

Global climate change negotiators met at COP23 to tackle myriad issues, including how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and protect food and farming from worsening climate impacts. Technology such as drought- and heat-tolerant maize, resistant crops and control practices to combat newly-emerging pests, insurance to recover from extreme or erratic weather, and more targeted use of nitrogen fertilizers are already being adopted in Africa and Asia to reduce agriculture’s footprint while improving farm resilience and productivity.


Climate insurance for farmers: a shield that boosts innovation

Index insurance is one of the top 10 innovations for climate-proof farming.  Photo: P. Lowe/ CIMMYT

Index insurance is one of the top 10 innovations for climate-proof farming. Photo: P. Lowe/ CIMMYT New insurance products geared towards smallholder farmers can help them recover their losses, and even encourage investment in climate-resilient innovati …


Study reveals new opportunities to cut greenhouse gas emissions in India

India is one of the world’s largest contributors to global warming, but simple changes in farm management can drastically cut emissions while meeting food demand.

India is one of the world’s largest contributors to global warming, but simple changes in farm management can drastically cut emissions while meeting food demand.


New online portal offers information to curb maize lethal necrosis in Africa

The new maize lethal necrosis online portal provides up-to-date information and surveillance tools to help researchers control and stop the spread of the deadly disease.


New Provitamin A maize platform fights hidden hunger in Tanzania

Joyce Maru is a capacity development & communications specialist at the International Potato Center A farmer prepares maize porridge using Provitamin A maize. Photo: R.Lunduka/CIMMYT Vitamin A deficiency is considered a major public health problem …


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