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Small-scale mechanization is becoming more important on farms in Nepal as young people, particularly men, migrate away from rural areas in large numbers.

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Xuecai Zhang wants to merge traditional maize breeding methods with new software and other tools to help improve farmers’ yields faster than ever.

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A scientist who has advanced the development of nutrient-rich wheat varieties with higher yield potential, disease resistance and improved traits wins Young Scientist Award for Agriculture.

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Smallholder farmers in eastern and southern Africa are facing a new threat as a plague of intrepid fall armyworms creeps across the region, so far damaging an estimated 287,000 hectares of maize.

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Inadequate access to new disease-resistant varieties and short supplies of certified seed are holding up wheat harvesting and contributing to rising food insecurity in Afghanistan.

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Support for research into breeding crops resistant to wheat rust is essential to manage the spread of the deadly disease, caused vast yield losses globally in recent years, says scientist Caixia Lan.

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New varieties of white maize in Pakistan have the potential to both quadruple savings of irrigation water and double crop yields for farmers.

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Researchers are seeking to re-engage rural youth who are increasingly abandoning agriculture to work in cities, raising the question who will grow our food in the future?

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Conserving and using agricultural biodiversity to create better crops can help meet several sustainable development goals and stave off further species extinctions.

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Stakeholders in the agricultural sector met in Nairobi, Kenya, for the 4th Annual Food Security Conference (AFSC) on 12-13 October 2016.

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A pledge of $10,000 by international plant breeding company KWS has given a big boost to an online crowdfunding initiative aiming to help maintain the world’s largest maize and wheat germplasm bank.

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A CIMMYT project was selected as a key actor in agricultural and rural innovation in Ethiopia by CDAIS.

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Despite the large numbers of women working on farms, their voices are not heard by international development policymakers, handicapping global efforts to achieve food security, Catherine Bertini says.

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HarvestPlus director Howarth Bouis is one of four winners of the 2016 World Food Prize for research leading to a substantial increase in the availability of nutritious biofortified crops.