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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Identifying climate mitigation strategies from AFOLU sector in Mexico
CIMMYT researchers comb through data to enumerate the benefits, and costs, of specific climate mitigation initiatives in the AFOLU sector of Mexico.
Analyzing 25 years of maize supply and demand in the Global South
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.
After the flood
Soil health and water infrastructure measures needed to restore wheat production in Pakistan, in rural communities devastated by major flooding.
Addressing the Global Food Crisis: CIMMYT Experts Weigh In
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.
How to shockproof staples in a looming global food crisis
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.
Russia-Ukraine conflict and global food security
Explore our analysis of how the Russia-Ukraine war will impact global food security.
Climate change slows wheat breeding progress for yield and wide adaptation, new study finds
Increasingly unpredictable weather poses challenges for breeding widely-adapted wheat lines, but stress tolerance breeding is boosting wheat’s hardiness under rising temperatures.
Taming wheat blast
Researchers point out the future of the disease, the ways to manage it and prevent it from spreading — within and across continents.
Closing the yield gap: Why localized analysis matters
The effect of factors limiting production differs across regions, researchers observe.
The case for rushing farmer access to BARI Gom 33
Researchers urge donor agencies to support the dissemination of new blast-resistant, biofortified wheat in Bangladesh.
Machine learning for smarter seed selection to reduce risks for Mexican maize farmers
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.
Assessing the effectiveness of a “wheat holiday” for preventing blast in the lower Gangetic plains
Policy to encourage alternative crops for wheat farmers in South Asia a short-term solution at best, say CIMMYT researchers
New publications: Role of Modelling in International Crop Research
Resource-poor farmers worldwide stand to gain from developments in the field of crop modelling.