Kai Sonder is currently the Geographic Information System (GIS) Laboratory Manager. The unit provides spatial data and analysis, targeting and foresight work and agro meteorology to the organization. It also provides training on GIS to all of CIMMYT’s scientists and projects, as well as partners applied to development-oriented agricultural research on maize, wheat and conservation agriculture in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
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CIMMYT researchers comb through data to enumerate the benefits, and costs, of specific climate mitigation initiatives in the AFOLU sector of Mexico.
After first being cultivated more than 9,000 years ago, research shows that maize not only plays an essential role in global agrifood systems today but has a strongly increasing demand.
Source: Wilson Center (29 Jul 2022)
On the episode, ECSP Director Lauren Risi and ECSP Advisor Sharon Burke speak with Bram Govaerts, Director General of CIMMYT and his colleague Kai Sonder, head of CIMMYT’s Geographic Information System Unit, about how to address the unfolding food crisis as we simultaneously build food system resilience in the medium and long term.
As the Russia-Ukraine conflict continues, practical actions now can build food system resilience.
Essential actions to mitigate the food crisis, stabilize supply and transition to greater agrifood system resilience
Experts propose short-, medium- and long-term practical actions to respond to the looming global food crisis catalyzed by the Russia-Ukraine war.
Increasingly unpredictable weather poses challenges for breeding widely-adapted wheat lines, but stress tolerance breeding is boosting wheat’s hardiness under rising temperatures.
The effect of factors limiting production differs across regions, researchers observe.
Source: AgroNews (4 Mar 2019)
CIMMYT and BioSense Institute jointly won the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture Inspire Challenge in 2018 for machine learning for smarter seed selection.
Policy to encourage alternative crops for wheat farmers in South Asia a short-term solution at best, say CIMMYT researchers
Resource-poor farmers worldwide stand to gain from developments in the field of crop modelling.