New evidence shows that not only do improved maize varieties increase crop productivity and farmer income, they can also decrease child malnutrition.
In northwestern India, growing maize is being advocated as an alternative to rice to address resource degradation challenges such as declining water tables and climate change induced variability in rainfall and temperature.
A common platform through which data on genetic resources can be disseminated to both crop researchers and breeders can strengthen research communities.
A new review highlights the potential for biological control programs to lift a large number of people out of poverty and create greater returns for consumers and producers.
WhileGM foods continue to be a topic of debate in much of the developed world, few studies have focused on consumers’ acceptance of GM food in developing countries.
New Publications: Successful agricultural interventions require social shifts, not just technological
While scientific research is an important component of the development of an agricultural innovation system, it is not enough.
Stem rusts have proven to be a challenge to wheat farmers in Kazakhstan and Russia, particularly with higher rainfall in recent years.
New Publications: Study shows benefits and trade-offs of conservation agriculture in southern Africa
CIMMYT with other partners combined empirical data and results from a cropping system model to quantify benefits and trade-offs of CA in southern Africa.
Maize is a major food crop in sub-Saharan, yet yields remain low under smallholder farmer conditions compared to other regions due to drought, low soil quality and other stresses.
An internationally coordinated approach is key to breed and deploy crops resilient to climate change effects.
Cereal yields in sub-Saharan Africa must increase to 80 percent of their potential by 2050 to meet the enormous increase in demand for food.
New Publications: Rise of micro-satellites offers cost-effective way to collect data on smallholder farms
Micro-satellites are emerging as an effective low-cost option to collecting data like sow date and yields on small farms across the developing world.
Leaf rust is increasingly impacting durum wheat production worldwide.
Pests are likely to spread as climate change continues to impact farming systems globally, according to a new study.