Science offers opportunity to curb greenhouse gas emissions related to agriculture and meet climate goals.
Recent impact studies in Uganda and Zambia show that farmers adopting drought-tolerant maize increased their yields significantly and reduced risks of crop failure.
The COMPASS smartphone phone app uses data from farmers and from satellites to provide precise crop management advice.
Smallholders in India’s Karnataka state get higher yields from drought- and heat-tolerant maize.
Stress-tolerant maize varieties are transforming lives in northern Uganda.
Global conference will serve as forum for collaboration on crop production in water-limited environments.
CIMMYT maize physiologist supports development of new climate-resilient maize varieties that help resource-poor Asian farmers protect their food and income security.
Source: The Third Pole (23 Sep 2019)
CIMMYT, ICIMOD and partners launched a Regional Drought Monitoring and Outlook System for South Asia.
Seed production innovations, conservation agriculture and partnerships are key for Africa’s food security
Partner field days in Kenya presented sustainable solutions to crop threats and innovations in seed and agronomy.
After Afghanistan, Nepal, and Pakistan, the Regional Drought Monitoring and Outlook System extends its coverage to Bangladesh.
The manual covers field site selection, effects of weather, crop management and other factors to standardize the required intensity, timing and uniformity of imposed drought stress during field trials.
In demonstration plots in Kenya, smallholder farmers evaluate and rank maize varieties according to their preferred traits — a feedback that is crucial to CIMMYT’s maize breeding work.
Farmers boost their climate resilience and make money as they phase out a 25-year-old maize variety and replace it with drought-tolerant BH661 seeds.
In annual meeting, STMA project partners build on the successes of research in combatting drought, heat, pests and disease.
Source: Xinhua News (17 Apr 2019)
Stephen Mugo said that greater adoption of drought tolerant seeds combined with improved soil and water management is key to cushioning African small-holders from hunger and malnutrition.