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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 …


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.


Statistical Analysis of Genetic and Phenotypic Data for Breeders

December 20, 2018

Objectives Through lectures, practices and discussions, you will learn: Basic concepts about Generalized Linear Mixed Models. Use of computing tools for analysis of genetic experiments, analysis of mu …


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 …


With multi-sector support for climate-sensitive practices, African farmers can boost food security and resilience

December 14, 2018

Support for smallholder farmers to trial and select sustainable practices suited to their varying conditions is essential to build resilient farms needed to feed Africa’s soaring population, said econ …


Breaking Ground: Tek Sapkota finds ways to reduce emissions from agriculture without compromising food security

December 13, 2018

As the world population increases, so does the need for food. “We need to produce more to feed increasing populations and meet dietary demands,” says Tek Sapkota, agricultural systems and climate chan …


SACAU’s Majola Mabuza at COP24: How soil can help meet climate targets

December 13, 2018

Majola Mabuza, Program Officer, The Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions. (Video: UNFCCC) KATOWICE, Poland (CIMMYT) — Agricultural scientists attending U.N. COP24 climate talks in Kat …


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 …


Extension materials on best agronomic practices endorsed by government of Nepal

December 6, 2018

Agricultural extension materials on best management practices for rice (left) and cauliflower, developed by CIMMYT as part of the NSAF project. KATHMANDU, Nepal (CIMMYT) — Maintenance and enhancement …


Gratitude for soil

December 5, 2018

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 re …


New digital maps to support soil fertility management in Nepal

December 4, 2018

KATHMANDU, Nepal (CIMMYT) — The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is working with Nepal’s Soil Management Directorate and the Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC) to aggr …


New Soil Intelligence System for India provides high-quality data using modern analytics

December 4, 2018

K.V. Naga Madhuri, Principal Scientist for Soil Science at Acharya N. G. Ranga Agricultural University (front), explains soil spectra during the opening of the soil spectroscopy lab at the Regional Ag …


In pictures: Six agricultural innovations combating climate change

December 4, 2018

Farmers around the world are at the front lines of climate change. They are directly affected by more frequent and severe droughts, rising temperatures, variable rainfall, and emerging pests and crop …


West Bengal agri-entrepreneur a role model for farmers in her community

November 29, 2018

Hosneara Bibi (top-right) shows her zero-tillage wheat crop. (Photo: SSCOP) Hosneara Bibi is a farmer in the village of West Ghughumari, in the Cooch Behar district of West Bengal, India. She began he …


Breaking Ground: Huihui Li links new genetic knowledge with crop breeding

November 28, 2018

DNA is often referred to as the blueprint for life. It contains codes to make the proteins, molecules and cells essential for an organism’s growth and development. Over the last decade, scientists hav …


Cobs & Spikes podcast: Nitrogen science explainer

November 27, 2018

Nitrogen is essential to life, and almost 80% of the atmosphere is made up of this element. But mostly living organisms can’t access it in this form. On this episode, we’re going to explore the natura …


New study: India could cut nearly 18% of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions through cost-saving farming practices

November 26, 2018

Study identifies hotspots for biggest impact, suggests government incentives for widespread adoption NEW DELHI (CIMMYT) — India could reduce its greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture by almost 18 …