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Ongoing theme - sustainable intensification -- sustainable farming practices. updated to biodiversity 10/12/2015 -- updated to innovative technologies 19/02/2015

Second International Crop Modelling Symposium (iCROPM2020)

February 15, 2019

The Second International Crop Modelling Symposium (iCROPM2020) will be held February 3-5, 2020 in Montpellier, France. Four years after the first International Crop Modelling Symposium in Berlin (iCRO …


Breaking Ground: Fernando H. Toledo researches new models of analysis under simulated scenarios

February 14, 2019

Genomics is a wide theme of interest for geneticists. As part of the efforts to advance on this subject, Fernando H. Toledo, associated scientist in agricultural statistics at the International Maize …


Precision planters boost maize yields in Pakistan

February 13, 2019

In the northwestern province of Pakistan, near the Afghan border, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is helping connect farmers with precision planters to support higher mai …


BISA and PAU awarded for collaborative work on residue management

February 8, 2019

The Borlaug Institute for South Asia-Punjab Agricultural University (BISA-PAU) joint team recently received an award from the Indian Society for Agricultural Engineers (ISAE) in recognition of their w …


Call for interest: Development trait prioritization as part of a sub-Saharan African crop variety replacement strategy

January 31, 2019

The CGIAR Excellence in Breeding Platform (EiB) is looking to provide matching funding (up to US$ 35,000) for two projects with AbacusBio to characterize the users of new crop varieties and identify a …


Call for nominees for the 2019 Maize Youth Innovators Awards – Africa

January 28, 2019

Nominations for the 2019 MAIZE Youth Innovators Awards – Africa are now open, through March 15, 2019. These awards recognize the contributions of young women and men below 35 years of age who are impl …


New publication: Role of Modelling in International Crop Research

January 18, 2019

“Crop modelling has the potential to significantly contribute to global food and nutrition security,” claim the authors of a recently published paper on the role of modelling in international crop res …


Seeds go digital: faster and better-quality certification, a game-changer for African farmers?

January 17, 2019

Seed Assure app testing in the field in Kiboko, Kenya. (Photo: CIMMYT) Many Kenyan maize farmers are busy preparing their seed stock for the next planting season. Sowing high quality seeds of stress-t …


Breaking Ground: Breeder Marcela C. Andrade bolsters maize with hardiness from ancestral races

January 16, 2019

As the world heats up and water grows scarce, threatening the productivity of humankind’s preferred crops, breeder Marcela Carvalho Andrade and her colleagues at the International Maize and Wheat Impr …


The itsy bitsy spider can make a big impact in agriculture

January 15, 2019

A new study explores how conservation agriculture in southern Africa supports spider populations and diversity in fields, which could help mitigate pest damage and potentially lead to higher yields fo …


Reducing high yield gaps with decision-support apps

January 15, 2019

Nutrient Expert is a computer-based application to provide nutrient recommendations for individual farmers’ fields. Results from Nutrient Expert trials in Ethiopia, Nigeria and Tanzania showed improve …


International Maize Improvement Consortium for Africa ramps up seed innovations

January 10, 2019

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) launched the International Maize Improvement Consortium for Africa (IMIC-Africa) in May 2018, to better engage with a committed set of par …


Scaling

January 7, 2019

Scaling is often interpreted as reaching maximum adoption of a particular technology or practice by as many people as possible. CIMMYT goes beyond the numbers and defines scaling as a process that aim …


Cobs & Spikes podcast: Hello Tractor and agricultural innovation

January 4, 2019

For small-scale farmers, mechanization and other appropriate technologies have a big impact in agricultural production and yield. However, they might lack the resources to buy these tools. Hello Tract …


Experts identify policy gaps in fertilizer application in India

December 21, 2018

A dialogue in New Delhi facilitated discussion on innovations for promoting balanced application of macro and micro nutrient fertilizers in Indian agriculture.


Best of 2018: Editors’ picks

December 20, 2018

In 2018, our editors continued to cover exciting news and events related to maize and wheat science around the world. Altogether, we published more than 200 stories. It is impossible to capture all of …


The saving grace of a hefty investment

December 18, 2018

Bangladesh farmer Raju Sarder sits on his recently acquired reaper. (Photo: iDE/Md. Ikram Hossain) Young farmer’s investment in a reaper saves him time, money and dignity, while helping others in the …


International experts discuss progress and challenges of maize research and development in Asia

December 17, 2018

Conference participants pose for a group photo at the field visit site during the 13th Asian Maize Conference. (Photo: Manjit Singh/Punjab Agricultural University) The importance of maize in Asian cro …


Farmers cite climate change as biggest challenge, says World Farmers Organization at COP24 talks

December 11, 2018

Climate is the most important challenge farmers face, because “they’re just influenced by it and there is little that they can do,” explains Luisa Volpe of the World Farmers Organization.


Breeders find strength in diversity at EiB contributor meeting

December 10, 2018

Participants of the Excellence in Breeding Platform (EiB) Contributor’s meeting pose for a group photograph. (Photo: Sam Storr/CIMMYT) Around 115 members of the CGIAR breeding community, plus others r …