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Support groups open women’s access to farm technologies in northeast India

March 12, 2019

Self-help groups in Bihar, India, are putting thousands of rural women in touch with agricultural innovations, including mechanization and sustainable intensification, that save time, money, and criti …


New infographics illustrate impact of wheat blast

February 18, 2019

Wheat blast is a fast-acting and devastating fungal disease that threatens food safety and security in the Americas and South Asia. First officially identified in Brazil in 1984, the disease is widesp …


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.


The impact of climate inaction on food security

December 13, 2018

The global food system needs to be transformed to respond to the health and nutrition needs of the future. To achieve this, however, there needs to be a strong global program to prevent greater threat …


How women are unlocking the potential of maize in Mayurbhanj, India

July 5, 2018

In the tribal belt of Mayurbhanj, Odisha, maize cultivation is becoming increasingly popular. Thousands of acres of fallow upland areas are suitable for maize cultivation during the kharif (monsoon) s …


Breaking Ground: Tom Hagen brings IT expertise to crop breeding

June 21, 2018

Tom Hagen is combining his expertise in crop breeding and IT to help researchers and farmers be more successful.


Overcoming gender gaps in rural mechanization

March 6, 2018

A new publication details current gender gaps in rural mechanization in Bangladesh, and outlines plans to overcome these challenges.


New systems analysis tools help boost the sustainable intensification of agriculture in Bangladesh

December 4, 2017

In South Asia, the population is growing and land area for agricultural expansion is extremely limited. Increasing the productivity of already farmed land is the best way to attain food security.


Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia enters Phase III: focus on scalability and strategic partnerships

November 13, 2015

In eastern India, CSISA increased adoption of early sowing of wheat and zero tillage by demonstrating the benefits in farmers’ fields. Photo: Vinaynath Reddy. Growth rates of staple crop yields in Sou …


Supporting sustainable and scalable changes in cereal systems in South Asia

November 9, 2015

The rates of growth of staple crop yields in South Asia are insufficient to meet the projected demands in the region. With 40 percent of the world’s poor living in South Asia, the area composed of eas …


Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia

September 14, 2015

Intensive cereal cropping systems that include rice, wheat and/or maize are widespread throughout South Asia. These systems constitute the main economic activity in many rural areas and provide staple …


Agricultural Innovation Program for Pakistan

July 28, 2015

Agricultural Innovation Program (AIP) for Pakistan is working to sustainably increase agricultural productivity and incomes in the agricultural sector through the promotion and dissemination of modern …


CIMMYT-Bangladesh showcase technology at national fair

July 6, 2015

Bangladesh’s Minister of Agriculture Motia Chowdhury (3rd from left) visited the CGIAR Pavilion while inaugurating the National Agricultural Technology Fair held in Dhaka on 5-7 April 2015. In the pho …


Local innovations help meet farmers’ needs in Bihar

June 2, 2015

During a pilot program with members of the Kisan Sakhi Group in Muzzafarpur, Bihar nearly 350 women farmers were trained on operating the Diesel Engine Powered Open Drum Thresher. In this picture, Sur …


CSISA mechanization meets farmers’ needs in Bihar, India

June 1, 2015

The Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) is working to ensure that farmers of all incomes, including smallholder farmers in Bihar State, have access to differently priced and scale-appropr …


Well-positioned for next phase, CSISA India plans for monsoon cropping season

June 1, 2015

As Phase II of the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) draws to a close in India, it is well positioned for a Phase III, according to Andrew McDonald, CIMMYT Cropping Systems Agronomist a …


CSISA hosts regional cross-learning event on sustainable intensification

February 10, 2015

Irmgard Hoeschle-Zeledon, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) from Africa RISING speaks at the event. Developing a global ‘community of practice’ for sustainable intensification (SI …


Smart tools for farmers in South Asia to help increase yield

July 24, 2014

By Anuradha Dhar/CIMMYT In South Asia, 90 percent of smallholder farmers using fertilizer lack access to soil testing services. Due to blanket recommendations, the application of nutrients is not well …


Economist: ‘You may never have heard about CGIAR, but you need to care about it’

July 11, 2014

By Carissa Wodehouse/CIMMYT Visiting Fellow Richard Woodward of the Sheffield Political Economy Research  Institute (SPERI) recently wrote a blog post titled “The CGIAR: The Most  Important Internatio …


CIMMYT, Pakistan renew host country agreement

June 2, 2014

Photo: Awais Yaqub By Yahya Rauf and Imtiaz Muhammad/CIMMYT CIMMYT and the government of Pakistan have formally agreed to continue the Host Country Agreement signed in 1984, which allows CIMMYT to hos …