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Large scale maize intensification in Odisha, India

March 9, 2018

A recent meeting in India focused on the value of maize for unused land in India’s Odisha plateau during monsoon season and the importance of women in agriculture.

Science can reverse “new normal” of climate change-related disasters

March 9, 2018

Naivasha, Kenya 2017. Photo: CIMMYT/ P.Lowe In the last decade, the climate of Africa has been changing in dramatic ways. Many regions face unpredictable levels of rainfall, which can lead both drough …

“Bazooka” maize makes a bang in Uganda

February 1, 2018

Photo: Christopher Bendana Unprecedented droughts have hit Uganda’s farmers hard in recent years, affecting household income and food security by drastically cutting maize yields, a staple crop in the …

Emergency seed fuels quick farm recovery in drought-affected Ethiopia

January 11, 2018

In response to Ethiopia’s worst drought in 50 years and a critical shortage of seed in 2016, CIMMYT and partners delivered over 3,400 tons of high quality seed to farmers.

Advanced course on conservation agriculture: Gateway for sustainable intensification of smallholder systems

December 18, 2017

On October 23, the eighth edition of the “Advanced Course on Conservation Agriculture (CA)” commenced in Ludhiana and Karnal, India.

Facing the fall armyworm threat

December 14, 2017

In a new blog published by Farming First, B.M. Prasanna discusses overcoming a pest that has been ravaging fields in Africa.

Breaking Ground: Leonard Rusinamhodzi on innovating farming systems for climate change

November 30, 2017

Leonard Rusinamhodzi works with African farmers to innovate farming systems in the face of climate change.

Establishing a soil borne pathogen research center in Turkey

November 27, 2017

Turkey’s Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock has for the first time allocated funding to establish a world-class center for research on soil borne pathogens.

New publications: How climate-smart is conservation agriculture?

November 23, 2017

A new study shows that while CA is well suited to helping farmers adapt to, and even increase profits in changing climates, there is considerable uncertainty about how much CA contributes to the mitig …

No-burn agriculture by 2022 is possible

November 23, 2017

NEW DELHI – Crop residue burning in northwest India contributes to nearly a quarter of Delhi’s air pollution in the winter months, creating a crisis situation and public health emergency every year in …

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

November 22, 2017

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. T …

Better farmer access to machinery eases crop residue burning in India

November 14, 2017

Farmers in India are benefitting from technological innovations that can help prevent damaging smog levels in the capital Delhi and other areas.

World leaders: Back climate change action in agriculture to give our food system a fighting chance

November 13, 2017

Global climate change negotiators meet this week to tackle myriad issues, including how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and protect food and farming from worsening climate impacts. …

Helping farming families thrive while fighting climate change in Mexico

November 9, 2017

Women and youth help lead efforts to adopt climate-friendly farming and safeguard indigenous maize yields   Farmers walk through a field that has been cleared by slash and burn agriculture in the …

New Publications: Conservation agriculture increases the adaptive capacity of cropping systems

November 9, 2017

A new study examined over 700 independent studies to find out if Conservation Agriculture works in a variety of environmental conditions in tropical areas.

Climate insurance for farmers: a shield that boosts innovation

November 7, 2017

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 eve …

New crop varieties that counter climate change: a best bet for farmers

November 6, 2017

  Stress-tolerant maize varieties are helping farmers produce more food despite climate change. Photo: Johnson Siamachira/CIMMYT. MEXICO CITY (CIMMYT) – As the world’s changing climate makes it m …

New study uncovers climate footprint of India’s favorite foods

November 5, 2017

India needs to tackle greenhouse gas emissions from its rice and livestock sectors according to a study by CIMMYT and partners.

Breaking Ground: Clare Stirling sees no silver bullets to control agriculture’s emissions

November 1, 2017

Scientist Clare Stirling describes how agriculture can reduce its emissions and adapt to climate change.

Campaign against residue burning seeks to make India’s “food bowl” sustainable

October 27, 2017

In the 1960s, India became the center of the Green Revolution. Today, India needs a new Green Revolution.