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With multi-sector support for climate sensitive production 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 …


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 …


Sustainable and Resilient Farming Systems Intensification in the Eastern Gangetic Plains

November 22, 2018

The Eastern Gangetic Plains region of Bangladesh, India, and Nepal is home to the greatest concentration of rural poor in the world. This region is projected to be one of the areas most affected by cl …


Comparing apples with apples: Farm economic analysis in Kathmandu

November 15, 2018

KATHMANDU, Nepal (CIMMYT) — Clear and consistent communication is important in any work, and no less so when you are collaborating to improve farmer livelihoods. CIMMYT and partners in South Asia are …


Video: Farmers and scientists celebrate SIMLESA achievements

November 7, 2018

Maize is currently grown on 35 million hectares of land in Africa and is easily the most important staple food crop in the continent, feeding more than 200-300 million people and providing income secu …


Breaking Ground: Brendan Brown brings research to small-scale farmers

October 23, 2018

Agricultural research for development has tremendous potential for widespread impact in poverty alleviation and food security. However, achieving real benefits for farmers is challenging and many well …


‘Merry-go-round’ groups spin Kenyan women farmers to success

October 22, 2018

This month’s report from the United Nations’ scientific panel on climate change highlights worsening food shortages as one of the key impacts of global warming. Tackling the monumental challenges set …


African youth find entrepreneurial opportunity in agricultural mechanization

August 9, 2018

After receiving training from CIMMYT, this group of young men started a small business offering mechanized agricultural services to smallholder farmers near their town in rural Zimbabwe. Photo: Matthe …


Training manual greases the wheels for mechanization entrepreneurs

July 13, 2018

A new training manual launched today provides practical guidance for agricultural mechanization entrepreneurs in rural areas, where family farmers commonly lack capital to invest in the farm power.


How collaboration can help grow and transform agriculture in Africa

May 16, 2018

Women at a maize mill in Ethiopia. Photo: CIMMYT/P. Lowe It’s been four years since African leaders met in Equatorial Guinea to commit themselves to boosting agricultural growth across the continent. …


Wheat blast screening and surveillance training in Bangladesh

May 15, 2018

Fourteen young wheat researchers from South Asia recently attended a screening and surveillance course to address wheat blast, the mysterious and deadly disease whose surprise 2016 outbreak in southwe …


Work of Sustainable and Resilient Farming System Intensification project applauded at external review

May 8, 2018

A female farmer telling her story. Photo: CIMMYT. This February, the Sustainable and Resilient Farming System Intensification (SRFSI) project showcased its field activities to a high-level External Su …


End of eight-year project leaves farmers ready to tackle climate change in Africa

April 5, 2018

After eight years the Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume Cropping Systems for Food Security in Eastern and Southern Africa (SIMLESA) project concludes this June.


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 …


Australian High Commissioner to India visits project fields

December 5, 2017

This November, the work of the SRFSI project was marked with notable recognition by the Australian Government with a visit from the Australian High Commissioner to India, Harinder Sidhu.


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.


John R. Porter, noted crop and climate scientist, becomes chairperson of the Independent Steering Committee for global wheat research

November 8, 2017

EL BATAN, Mexico (8 November 2017) – Professor Dr. John R. Porter, from the Agropolis/Montpellier Supagro/INRA/CIRAD conglomeration in Montpellier, France, has been elected as Chair of the Independent …


First blast resistant, biofortified wheat variety released in Bangladesh

October 18, 2017

The first blast resistant wheat variety has been released in Bangladesh.


Project helps African farmers identify regional best practices

October 11, 2017

Traditional farming systems in Africa must be updated for today’s climate and market challenges, according to a new article from the University of Queensland.


Scaling sustainable agriculture in South Asia

October 11, 2017

A two-day regional policy dialogue on scaling conservation agriculture for sustainable intensification in South Asia was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh from September 8-9, 2017.