In a special interview to mark International Women’s Day, CIMMYT gender specialist Rahma Adam detailed how her research aims to improve the agricultural productivity of women in south and eastern Africa.
Despite its large-scale impact across Africa, smallholder farming largely remains a low technology, subsistence activity.
Since 2004, conservation agriculture has helped farmers in southern Africa maintain and boost yields, protect the environment and increase profits.
Since 2006, CIMMYT has developed 200 drought-tolerant varieties and hybrids, many of which possess desirable traits such as resistance to major diseases.
Over the past 50 years, various research activities have been undertaken to boost protein quality and micronutrient levels in maize and wheat to help improve nutrition in poor communities.
Several African nation ambassadors to Zimbabwe pledged to step up support for improved agriculture technologies.
Diverse, stress tolerant maize varieties are benefiting smallholders throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
Improved seeds resilient to drought, disease and other stresses allow farming families to invest more in their livelihoods and children’s futures.
Locally adapted marketing initiatives are successfully converting farmers to the high-performing, drought-tolerant maize variety Lubango in Tanzania.
SIMLESA discusses progress, achievements, and ways forward through 2018 at annual meeting.
At least 40 million smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa are profiting from more than 200 new drought-tolerant varieties of maize.
Wheat scientists visit Washington to receive honor, detail research successes at American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting.
With the right varieties, future maize yields in East Africa’s highlands could soar as temperatures increase.
As the global community marks World Soil Day, African smallholder farmers are contending with low yields due to low-fertility soils prevalent in most parts of sub-Saharan Africa, affecting food security for 300 million people.