CIMMYT Global Conservation Agriculture Program (GCAP) mechanization specialists, Frédéric Baudron, Timothy Krupnik and Jelle Van Loon shared their experiences on mechanization across the world in a recently published Rural21 feature. To view a summary of the successes and challenges to mechanization adoption discussed in Rural 21, view the article on Inside CIMMYT here. Further reading on mechanization in East and Southern Africa may be viewed here in Baudron’s recently released paper in Food Security.
Pushing the boundaries on technological innovation and sustainability must always be first and foremost, said Martin Kropff, director general CIMMYT.
CIMMYT-Afghanistan’s “Sustainable Wheat and Maize Production in Afghanistan” project recently held its fourth annual maize workshop on 27 April to foster rapid and efficient maize research and production, review progress in 2014 and build a future strategy. CIMMYT-Afghanistan, with the support of the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), has been collaborating with the Agricultural Research Institute of Afghanistan (ARIA) to improve the country’s maize sector through the project since January 2012. This collaboration has led to the development and release of four open-pollinated varieties (OPVs) and three hybrids.
An international conservation agriculture (CA) workshop to be held during China Science Week (30 June–4 July 2015) will bring CIMMYT CA researchers, colleagues and national researchers together with the objective of building agro-ecological capacity among researchers in western China. At the workshop, hosted by CIMMYT-China, participants will discuss subjects such as CA successes and the science and practical agronomy underpinning CA, and will view field displays of CA benefits.