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Better farming practices key to combating desertification and drought

June 15, 2018

Combating desertification and drought is critical, but focusing on the bigger challenge of unsustainable agriculture can deliver more for farmers. Research from India offers new insights on practical …


Breaking Ground: Wei Xiong helps farmers and policymakers make better decisions

May 30, 2018

Farmers and agricultural policymakers frequently encounter tough decisions with complex trade-offs. Selecting which crop to plant next season, for example, would be much easier with a crystal ball. We …


The most important award is the one farmers give: Bram Govaerts

May 25, 2018

Bram Govaerts with the members of the Río Fuerte Sur Farmer Association (AARFS) Management Committee. Photo: José Saucedo. On the 14th of May, the Río Fuerte Sur Farmers’ Association (Asociación de Ag …


A Capacity Approach To Climate Change Modeling: Identifying Crop Management Adaptation Options

May 23, 2018

Crop growth simulation models coupled with climate model projections are promoted and increasingly used for assessing impacts of climate change on crop yields and for informing crop-level adaptations.


Breaking Ground: Lorena Gonzalez fast-forwards action on hunger using technology

May 17, 2018

Intrigued by the unique relationship food crops have to their geographical environment, Lorena Gonzalez dedicated her passion for geomatic technology to collect site-specific farm data that is revolut …


Mexico and CIMMYT share a common vision for sustainable food production

May 9, 2018

Mexico’s Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) is committed to provide Mexican farmers with the best possible seed and technical support, according to …


“Layering” climate smart rice-wheat farming practices in India boosts benefits

May 8, 2018

New scientific research into “layering” climate smart agriculture techniques shows promise, demonstrating the potential for crop adaptability to climate change.


Work of Sustainable and Resilient Farming System Intensification project applauded at external review

May 8, 2018

A female farmer telling her story. Photo: CIMMYT. This February, the Sustainable and Resilient Farming System Intensification (SRFSI) project showcased its field activities to a high-level External Su …


Q+A with Iván Ortíz-Monasterio on nitrogen application and consequences

May 7, 2018

In this interview, Iván Ortíz-Monasterio, expert on sustainable intensification and wheat crop management, discusses the overuse of nitrogen fertilizer and related consequences, his experience with fa …


Fourth international workshop on farming system design in south Asia

May 3, 2018

The fourth international workshop on “Science of Farming Systems: Moving from Prototyping to Model-Based Assessment and Designing of Sustainable and Resilient Farming Systems in South Asia” took place …


Precision Nutrient Management: The Future of Nitrogen Use Efficiency

April 20, 2018

This March, the Borlaug Institute of South Asia (BISA) held an international workshop on enhancing Nitrogen use efficiency in wheat using the combined approach of breeding and precision agronomy in La …


New Publications: Adopting climate-smart agricultural practices

April 19, 2018

Farmers in a climate-smart village in Bihar use the leaf colour chart to judge the nitrogen content required for crops. Photo: V.Reddy, ViDocs, CCAFS. Since the 1960s and the Green Revolution in India …


New Publications: Precision agriculture for smallholder farmers

April 5, 2018

A new study tests a stepping-stone for small-scale precision agriculture fertilizer application.


End of eight-year project leaves farmers ready to tackle climate change in Africa

April 5, 2018

After eight years the Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume Cropping Systems for Food Security in Eastern and Southern Africa (SIMLESA) project concludes this June.


Training Coordinator

March 28, 2018

We are seeking a dynamic, self-motivated, and service-oriented professional for the position of Training Coordinator in the Sustainable Intensification Program (SIP).


Training Coordinator

March 21, 2018

We are seeking a dynamic, self-motivated, and service-oriented professional for the position of Training Coordinator in the Sustainable Intensification Program (SIP).


Field trial design workshop for smallholder farmers who grow maize landraces

March 20, 2018

As part of the efforts of the Sustainable Modernization of Traditional Agriculture program aimed at improving food security based on maize landraces in marginal areas of the state of Oaxaca, Mexico


Large scale maize intensification in Odisha, India

March 9, 2018

A recent meeting in India focused on the value of maize for unused land in India’s Odisha plateau during monsoon season and the importance of women in agriculture.


Science can reverse “new normal” of climate change-related disasters

March 9, 2018

Naivasha, Kenya 2017. Photo: CIMMYT/ P.Lowe In the last decade, the climate of Africa has been changing in dramatic ways. Many regions face unpredictable levels of rainfall, which can lead both drough …


Building small scale mechanization capacity of service providers in Ethiopia

March 9, 2018

A CIMMYT project aims to increase soil fertility through direct row planting of major crops in Ethiopia, such as maize, wheat and teff.