Conservation agriculture has been a major focus of CIMMYT research, positioning the Center as a world scientific leader in the area. Following a recent internal consultation and discussions with Program Director Bruno Gerard, CIMMYT has decided to change the name of the Global Conservation Agriculture Program (GCAP) to “Sustainable Intensification Program (SIP).” This change reflects the broader research-for-development agenda that CIMMYT and the Program have progressively embraced in maize and wheat farming systems over recent years, which includes social, economic, and environmental issues beyond the strict principles of conservation agriculture. We also feel that the name should represent the Program’s objectives, rather than the means by which it works to reach them. Finally, the new name will align perfectly with those of Flagship Projects 4 of the CGIAR Research Programs MAIZE and WHEAT, which CIMMYT leads. Change will be effective on 1 October 2015.
For a month and a half, farmers in Guanajuato shared their experiences with sustainable agriculture.
As part of his plan for working with Mexico, CIMMYT’s host country, on 24 June Director General Martin Kropff held an introductory meeting with Senator Manuel Cota, leader of Mexico’s National Peasant Confederation (Confederación Nacional Campesina/CNC), an organization comprising more than five million smallholder farmers. Sustainable development and scientific innovation were some of the key issues discussed.
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